Minolta, Sony - a230 versus a330 viewfinder magnification
I'm pretty much a newbie to cameras, but I'm in the market for a new one since the CCD sensor went out on my Canon S2 IS:frown2: . My girlfriend currently has a Canon Rebel XTI which came with an 18-55mm lens, and I recently bought her a 75-300mm lens for it. I've been using her camera since mine broke, so I can't really see purchasing a camera that's not a DSLR of my own, since I'm pretty much spoiled now .
The main reason I want my own camera instead of using her camera, is because I'd like to take some macro shots, and a macro lens for her camera is about the same price as a Sony a330:shocked: , so I don't really see the point in spending that kind of money for a lens for her camera, if you know what I mean .
Anyway, enough rambling and on to the topic. I'm looking at the Sony a230 and a330. I've read a couple of reviews, but that didn't really help me decide between the two; one review said the a230 was a better choice because of price and viewfinder magnification, while the other review stated that the a330 was a better buy even though the viewfinder magnification was less. I really like the live view mode that the a330 offers, so I'm leaning towards that model as of right now, unless you guys suggest otherwise.
They said that the "A330 seems to render yellows and greens a little truer than the A230", and they also stated that the "A330 also did better focusing in low light than the A230 or A380, and its flash range was also better than both, which makes the Sony A330 the better choice for indoor photography". According to this site, the viewfinder magnification difference between the two models is: the a230's is 0.83x and the a330's is .74.
So my question's to you guys are: which opinion do you agree with and how much difference will I notice in the viewfinder magnification between both models?
Also, how beneficial do you think the live view mode would be in getting the focus correct before taking the shot? I ask because I will take a lot of pictures in manual mode and I may have to use the manual focus. I understand that I would have to zoom in, focus and then zoom back out to take that shot, or I guess that would work okay. What do you guys think?