You say you want this DSLR 'to capture more stills field filming', and I'm not sure what you mean by this. If you want a DSLR to capture still images then the 550 will give you results that are every bit as good as those from the 650, and the money saved will buy you a nice lens. But the 650 does have rather better movie making capabilities so if that's your primary aim, I'd go for it.
Hi Tom, I must admit I would be interested in using the camera to film some video, but I have heard different reports as to how well the results would be.So yes, if the results were OK (has anybody tried matching up with DigiBeta or a similar professional broadcast camera?) it certainly is something that I would use when purchase.Also another major factor - how does the footage physically import into NLE? Is it PC compatable?
Does it have to be a DSLR? Is that reflex mirror with its extra weight (and the sound) essential?
My choice earlier in the year was a Compact System camera. All the DSLR doobries but smaller and lighter because of no moving parts. Full manual as well as 'point and shoot', interchangeable lenses, viewfinder as well as screen, 14 Mpixels, video, 16:9 as well as 4:3 and square, etc, etc. My choice was the Samsung NX11 because there was a good deal at the time but there are other makes. Pictures are very good and I've used the video for inserts on productions.
Worth a thought.
I'm interested in buying a decent stills camera to capture more stills field filming.I'm looking to buy a second hand 550d around the £400 mark through Amazon or Ebay etc, but just looking through other cameras, for instance I saw a brand new 650d in a shop today for £600 and I was windering whether it would be worth getting the newer (and brand new) camera for the money difference?I know very little about stills cameras so I would appreciate your help!