How about the new mirrorless DSLRs (with a viewfinder.)
I have the common Canon t3i after similar discussions and frankly I won't take it out in the pouring rain. I use my older camera for that.
Here's a shot I like:
On that trip I carried the stock lens (18-55), this shot used the 40mm fixed lens and another used the 55 to 250 zoom. I used all the lens on the trip but seem to stick with the 40mm at the ready then decide to swap if I want.
first of all, I'd like to point out that I am a hobbyist, I practice photography for my own pleasure, right now am only using my phone and my point and shoot camera "it's been a while", and i would like to get more serious "not like a pro or something ... i just want to get better results" ... I've done a lot of research, and narrowed down my choices to 3 cameras, which are:
1- PENTAX K-5II
I've considered the K-5, but i read a lot of complains about the "mirror flop" problem, and that scared me a little bit.
2- nikon D5200
I really like this camera, but it lacks weather sealing "that what makes the K-5II very tempting in that price range".
3- nikon D3200
I thought of getting this one "as the cheaper version of the D5200" with a couple of lenses, or even a bundle "bunchof them are available in amazon.
Ok ..... I like to shoot outdoors mostly, like landscapes, birds, and camping trips , and because of that "I think", a durable camera would be preferable "also, considering the fact that I live in Libya (north Africa) where the weather is a little dusty and HOT" , I also like to shoot some video occasionally.
aaaaand i can't spend more than a 1000$, sooo what do you think ??