christopher2222 wrote in post #17874905
So I have a few options to decide from. I think I will get a bit more use out of my XS first.
I would max out my current body shooting jpeg's and getting a better lens. 3fps isn't that far from the 5fps a T5i can shoot at. Also if I'm close enough to the action the 10Mp my XS has compared to the 18 on T5i or 24 on T6i isn't going to be that big of a difference, especially if I'm printing 4x6 unless I'm thinking of poster size prints like 30x20. At 300dpi high resolution grade the maximum size I should print is 12x9. Not being professional, 200dpi is definitely ok I could go a little higher to 18x13. To get the resolution and size of a 30x20 I would definitely need the 24Mp and could probably get away with 18. That's not to say I couldn't print a 30x20 with my 10Mp. Post editing and doubling the pixels in photoshop might let me sneak away with a good quality photo of a larger print.
Just my 2 cents. Being out of the game for a few years, I have noticed Canon's IQ hasn't much improved as much as the added fluff has. Electronic leveller (I think that's for people who don't use the eyepiece - don't people use the cross hairs in there?) HD video (cameras are becoming full fledged video cameras now - doesn't that take away from real camera development?) I suppose digital has allowed cameras to do just that - and they also want to compete with the iphone market. People who move from an iphone to a camera want/need those video capabilities - just the way things trend, why not have one thing that does it all. I'd like a camera that takes pictures extremely well but I think that development has slowed in favor of adding video.
Cameras have definitely improved, including more options and better sensors. Of all of the Canon crop sensors you've mentioned in this thread the 70D is probably the best performer with regards to high ISO results. Also, while all of those cameras will do much, much better than your XS in low light, they just don't cut it at ISO 12,800. And frankly some gymnasiums are pretty dim. I used to shoot from the stands at an indoor pool designed for the Commonwealth games (reasonably good lighting) and still had to use ISO 3200 to 4000 at f/2.8 to get a decent shutter-speed and correct exposure. School gymnasiums can be dimmer.
If I were in your shoes, and wanted to stick with Canon, I'd look at buying a gently used 70D and 85mm f/1.8. You'll get more megapixels, about the best low light performance of any Canon crop body since 2013, better AF tracking, and a much better viewfinder (pentaprism instead of pentamirror).