I'm looking to purchase a camera for a month long southeast asia backpacking trip this summer. In the long run, what do you guys think is the better buy?
@vysuon: Both cameras have the potential for great image quality, but have different strengths.
NEX-5n: If you want something that weighs less, and you plan on using it to "point-and-shoot" for mostly still subjects.
EOS 600D: If you want more control over your photography and better capabilities for action photography.
@vysuon: You would really appreciate the lesser weight of the NEX-5n, but in the long run, the T3i is the better performer. If you're looking for photography T3i. If you're concerned about portability, you might want to stick with the NEX-5n
@MAGZine: @CROM: So I ended up buying the T3i today. My girlfriend (who's also going to go with me) fell in love with the "cuteness" of the Sony. Guess it's a win-win for me :)
@vysuon: check out magic lantern firmware. you can get yourself a whole host of new features for your T3i with it.
@vysuon: Nice. You'll want to get a couple of extra batteries. Don't buy them at the retail prices though; you should be able to get official batteries on eBay or Amazon for under $15, and knock-offs for around $8 (compared to the retail store prices of anywhere from $60 to $90 each).
@CROM: absolutely correct. you can never go wrong with extra batteries.
@vysuon: which lens did your gf get with the 5n? the 18-55 zoom or 16 prime?
@norman: She'll be using the stock lens in the meantime and will probably buy herself the 16mm as she's big into landscape shots. As for me, I'll just stick to the stock lens this year and see what I can do with it.
@CROM: Thanks. Will look to purchase 2 extra sets of batteries. I understand the camera will drain off easily in movie mode.
You made the right choice. Tons of shops work on Canon cameras should something happen to it on the trip, whereas you'd have to send the Sony...well to Sony I imagine. Resale value should be a little better too. Be very alert in crowds, my girlfriend had her camera lifted from her purse while she stepped onto a train in Paris. Be mindful of exposed neck straps, because you don't even have to be a skilled thief to steal a camera with its strap hanging out of a bag.