I know MPs aren't everything. But I had an EOS M (18mp) a couple years ago, and loved doing landscapes and long exposure photos/stars and star trails. I had several people buy prints from me, and so I want to continue the hobby, and get a camera again that's at least as good as my EOS M was.
So I like the Olympus OMD EM10 MKII. and the functionality of live composition would be huge for me. I know much of that can be done in post processing, I've done a lot of it...that feature just hooks me hard since it was something I did a lot of and the live aspect is really very neat/useful to me and I can see me using it constantly.
But as I said, 16mp worries me when I get can 24mp with the Nikon D5300 or Pentax K-70. Sensor size seems important when astro and night stuff is my primary focus and I had several people surprise me with large canvas prints of photos I'd taken of their houses, actually in their houses. So I want the resolution to stand up when or if it's blown up, too.
The Pentax K-70 I adore for the astrotrace function. This is right up there with as useful as live composition for me as I'd really love to do some actual star tracking.
And the Nikon 5300 pretty much pops up as recommended everywhere and wins every time I compare these cameras, and I am also totally sold on Backyard Nikon and Astro Tool, especially as I do eventually want to try and either hook the camera to a telescope, or a tele lens and ioptron for star tracking the sky/DSOs as best I can.
Olympus and Pentax seem to be lacking that awesome aftermarket astro software and I do think a good tethering program is important so I feel I'm leaning more towards the Nikon at this point.
I can get the Nikon for about $450, the Olympus for about the same, and the Pentax for $500ish. I then have $300 to $400 for a lens.The Sony a5100 was a possible too as it can be had for $350 but again with the lack of good software like Backyard Nikon.
Any thoughts or suggestions would be really appreciated. I fell out of doing this for a while, but I'm a combat vet with insomnia and I found so much peace doing photography and especially up-all-night landscape stuff that I want to start again now that my daughter is older. I'm trying to make a smart choice, get the most bang for the buck, and also end up in a camera family where the lenses I buy will continue to be useful when I upgrade bodies down the road...and it's a lot of money for me so I just want to make the smartest choice here.
Thank you so much!
Edited by Apposl, 24 June 2018 - 03:53 AM.