DSLR vs Hybrid: The Group Test

DSLR vs Hybrid: The Group Test

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  • The camera aisle of your local tech emporium is expanding, with traditional digital SLRs being joined by a new breed of hybrid – or compact system – cameras. The hybrids ditch the DSLR’s mirror mechanism to bring lens and sensor closer together, making them much more compact. But is smaller always better?

    Best: Image quality
    Canon EOS 500D
    £500 (Including 18-55mm IS lens)
    Love: Lightweight and robust build. Full-HD video. Reasonable price
    Hate: No built in anti-shake– it’s via the lens
    Canon EOS 500D review I Link: Canon

    Best: Ease of use
    Nikon D3100
    £500 (Including 18-55mm VR lens)
    Love: Fast and responsive, with full-HD video and a useful guide mode
    Hate: Too small to grip comfortably. Video is awkward to access
    Nikon D3100 pics I Nikon D3100 review I Link: Nikon

    Best: Fast shooting
    Sony Alpha SLT-A33
    £570 (Including 18-55mm lens)
    Love: Fast, intuitive and user-friendly point-and-shoot functionality
    Hate: Battery life could be improved. It’s not cheap
    Sony Alpha SLT-A33 pics I Sony Alpha SLT-A33 review I Link: Sony

    Best: Portability
    Olympus Digital PEN E-PL1
    £380 (Including 14-42mm lens)
    Love: Great results. Flash included. Top auto mode
    Hate: Plasticky build. Not as stylish as other PENs
    Olympus PEN E-PL1 pics I Olympus PEN E-PL1 review I Link: Olympus

    Best: Beginners
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10
    £350 (Including 14-42mm lens)
    Love: User friendly yet bursting with features. Competitively priced
    Hate: No built-in anti-shake. Some barrel distortion at wide angle
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 pics I Panasonic Lumix DMC-G10 review I Link: Panasonic

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    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/so/xs_Sony Alpha A33 main.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/ni/xs_Nikon D3100 main.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/ol/xs_Olympus E-PL1 gold.jpg
    • http://media.t3.com/img/resized/ca/xs_Canon_EOS500D_610.jpg
  • Sony Alpha A33

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