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Canon 800D versus Nikon D5600 or maybe still Sony ???

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1. Posted by Ils1976 (Full Member 21 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Being an amateur photographer I am now ready for a new camera. Till now I always had an SLR camera of the brand Sony and although I am still fond of the brand, their cameras are just too big for me to handle!
Can anyone tell me which camera is better for travel photography, the Canon 800D or Nikon D5600? I hope that someone can give me more pointers so that I can make the right decision ... I am also looking to combine it with a travel lens 16-300 mm.
Advice is more than welcome!

2. Posted by westwind57 (Full Member 69 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hi Ils, maybe you already came across it but here is a comparison of the two: https://www.digitalrev.com/article/nikon-d5600-vs-canon-eos-800d

3. Posted by Ils1976 (Full Member 21 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Sorry, didn't notice that ... I am definitely going to check it out! ;)

4. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 974 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I'm looking at a Sony Alpha a7 III to take on future trips.

I've been using a Panasonic FZ300 (25-600 mm, f2.8-8) as well as a Panasonic TZ80 (24-720 mm, f3.3-6.4). The FZ300 is weather-sealed, making it useful on safaris, etc. The ZS60 isn't. I use the latter primarily in urban settings and in villages where a pocket camera isn't as noticeable. Both have small sensors. The new ZS200 has a larger sensor and a more limited zoom (24-360 mm, f3.3-6.40).

I always travel with two cameras, one larger and one smaller. Take a look at my Travellerspoint photos to see how the cameras performed under various conditions.

5. Posted by Ils1976 (Full Member 21 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

thanks so much for the input. I am definitely going to check it out. The problem with the Sony Alpha a7 III is firstly for me it is way expensive and secondly I have heard that you have to change lenses all the time when you want to zoom in and so on, I want to avoid the hassle, maybe that way it is better to go with 2 cameras. I am sure thinking about that one!

6. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 974 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Over the years I find that a large camera can be a liability when photographing people. I started using a pocket camera with a large zoom after I was chased by a group of people while photographing in a rural market in China. My TZ80 (also known as the ZS60 in the U.S.) fits in my pants or jacket pocket (it's in a custom-made cloth bag). The zoom is useful because I can station myself in an inconspicuous place and zero in on people. That was particularly useful last year when I visited tribal areas in India's Odisha and Chhattisgarh states. It's also useful in photographing wildlife, including birds and butterflies.

The TZ80 (ZS60) is an older model. But it still is available at some merchants. For example, in the U.S. it's currently sold at Costco stores for US$249, including case, battery and SD card. That's a bargain for a useful camera. I can take 300+ photos on a single battery charge.

I own several cameras. I'm thinking of adding the Sony Alpha a7 III with a 24-105 mm, f4-22 lens. What cameras I take depends on where I'm going. But I always try to minimize the weight of my bags (one for clothing and personal items; one for cameras and small laptop).

7. Posted by Ils1976 (Full Member 21 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I here you completely, maybe I should think about using a small camera as well coz I like to photograph people as well and yep, I can understand the problem while doing so. Thanks so much for all the advice. I am still in a learning process, that's for sure!

8. Posted by Sander (Moderator 5227 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I use the much, much bigger brother of that Nikon, and when I think back to how I picked my first DSLR (back when the choice was between the Nikon D70 and the Canon 300D, and that was effectively it), I wouldn't do it any other way if I had to pick now:

Go to a store where they have them both available, with an equivalent lens attached (just a default 18-55 kit lens or whatever - or that exact super zoom you're intending to get; the point is that they should weigh roughly the same and have a roughly similar focal length). Hold the camera by the hand grip, looking at the LCD (so with the camera pointing down). Then bring it to your eye and look through the viewfinder, zoom in, zoom out (Canon and Nikon lenses turn opposite ways for zooming; I don't know which direction Sony goes, but just you already being used to one or the other might make the decision for you).

For me, back when I first did this, Nikon was the very clear winner - for my hands. It felt way more comfortable, I could reach all the controls better, the balance was just better, etc.

As far as photographic quality goes: they should both be pleeeenty good enough, and close enough in quality as to make no difference. (I think Nikon is currently supposed to be better with low light performance? Don't know if that has filtered through completely to these entry level models, though.) Oh, and I don't know if the Canon has the same swiveling screen this particular Nikon has; that might also be a deciding factor.

9. Posted by Ils1976 (Full Member 21 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Thanks so much for your input Sander. Looking them both up on the internet, I guess I am going to say Sony goodbye when it comes to DSLR camera for now due to price questions. I am so focused on those two brands for my next DSLR that I maybe just buy a smaller Sony pocket camera with a bit of a zoom as a second camera. I am definitely going to check them both out and like you said ... it is all in the hands, it should feel comfortable!

10. Posted by spicyricecake (Budding Member 10 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I'm about to sell my Nikon D750 for a Sony A7R II or III. The Nikon is just too heavy, along with the lenses, and both lenses that I have are just not very good quality. I've been hearing great things about the Sony