Entry to mid level DSLRs

Canon T2i vs Canon T3i vs Canon T3 vs Nikon D3100 vs Panasonic GH2

Canon T2i(550D) Canon T3i(600D) Canon T3(1100D) Nikon D3100 Panasonic GH2
Quick Thoughts Serious entry level camera w/ room to grow Serious entry level camera w/ articulated LCD and even more room to grow Budget friendly 720p shooting DSLR Budget friendly DSLR w/ solid video options including AF while filming* Micro 4/3 dslr with some serious video features allowing for smooth AF while filming
MP 18 18 12 14 16
ISO range Auto – 6400 (12800) Auto – 6400 (12800) Auto – 3200 (12800) Auto – 12800 Auto – 12800
Continuous Drive (fps) 3.7 3.7 3 3 3
Max Burst JPEG: 34 RAW: 6 JPEG: 34 RAW: 6 JPEG:830 RAW: 5 JPEG: 100 RAW: 13 JPEG: unlimited RAW: 7
LCD Screen 3″ 1,040,000 dots Articulating 3″ 1,040,000 dots 2.7″ 230,000 dots 3″ 230,00 dots Articulating 3″ 460,00 dots w/ touch sensitivity
Viewfinder Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage Pentamirror 95% coverage Electronic 100% coverage
Movie Mode 1080p 30/25/24 fps

720 60/50 fps

640 60/50 fps

1080p 24fps

720 30/25/24

640 x 424 24

720 30/25/24 1080p 24fps

720p 30/25/24 424p 24

1080p 60/24 fps

720 60/50 fps

480 60/50 fps

Max Recording Limit 30 mins 30 mins ? 10 Minutes No limit/70mins
Ext Mic Jack Yes Yes No No Yes
IS In Lens In Lens In Lens In Lens In Lens
Battery Life 470 shots 440 shots 700 shots 550 shots 340 shots
Weight 530g 570g 495g 505g 394g
COST (body only) $687 $799 ~ $499 ~
Cost (Kit lens) $849 $899 $599 $577 $999

*constant AF while filming is not spectacular. Of the cameras compared above the GH2 has the best AF while filming.  A full write up comparing these cameras and more is in the works.

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