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Canon T5i/T6i vs. Nikon D5300



I am looking to switch my camera. I am using a Sony Alpha 65 but the lack of software support has gotten me too the point where I am finally ready to jump to a new DSLR. 


I think I have narrowed down my selection down to one of these: 

  • Canon T5i 
  • Nikon D5300

I am not sure what the benefits would be between them as they seem very similar. I figured that I would get my best feedback here as you all do what I want to really start doing. 




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Ummm... this thread fell into the cracks :(


Both these cameras are excellent and you can't really go wrong with either.  Because of this I will base my answer on what you prefer imaging.


If your do planetary imaging I would take the T5i over the D5300 because it has 5x live view zoom which provides a very close 1:1 pixel resolution ratio; meaning one pixel on the sensor = 1 pixel on your image. 


If you mostly do DSO I think I would get the D5300 because it has a Sony sensor inside... but I would not shy away from getting the T5i either... so take this one with a grain of salt.


Hope this helps and not too late in your decision.

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Hi All, 


I have been playing around with the D5300 for the last little bit and so far it has been good. I had a few more questions that I hoped you might be able to answer: 


What is the big advantage of the sony sensor compared to the canon one for DSOs? I am currently cutting my teeth on planetary while I learn my new telescope setup but my goal is to mostly work with DSO's. I would love to be able to get some wonderfully clear shots of Jupiter and Saturn but I don't seem to be able to pull it off using the D5300. Even though that is not working out the best for me I am still looking at it seriously for my desired camera. 


I don't want to get a dedicated CCD yet as even though I just dropped a bundle on my new mount and scope (HEQ5, Celestron 6N Reflector) I am not sure I am ready to make the kind of commitment that a CCD requires and I want to use a DSLR for now to do that job.


I have also moved on from the T5I to looking at the T6i vs the D5300. The main thing I am a little worried about is that the Nikon cameras from what I have read have a tendency to "eat stars" as well as not having a true dark current. I am wondering if anyone's experience can let me know if this is something I should really be worried about? 


Thanks for all your help! 


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The Sony Sensors were Real Standouts in their Early Days.  But the Canon Sensors have made a significant Comeback with the last few releases - 6D, 7DmkII, T6s.  You will NOT be disappointed with Either...


Don't be so sure that you Need to progress to a CCD over a modern DSLR - the CCD Sensor market has essentially frozen while the DSLR Market has rather well Caught Up...

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Mat, since no one to date has replied to your inquiry, I 'll offer you my 2 cents worth. A friend of mine has the Canon T5i and is quite happy with it. He uses it for Planetary imaging mostly. I do understand that it has a low noise ratio, which really helps with astrophotography. Helps to reduce the grainy look of photos. Beyond this, I have no knowledge of how well it preforms. I my self use a Canon T3 rebel which is the absolute bottom end of the Canon line, and yet has served me well. In fact I bought it in 2012 and it's already discontinued! One of the very best cameras out there was the T-2i (550D) used by "Jerry Lodriguss" who is one of the foremost authorities on the subject of astrophotography. And though it too has been discontinued you can sometimes pick one up on line or at a hock-shop. If I ever come across one I'll buy it. Regardless of the camera, be sure to get on board with BYEOS, Guylain Rochon has really come up with a super program for novice or veteran alike. And either way Mat, welcome to the hobby, and clear skies your way. Regards, Dirty Harris. 

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