Actually posting this for my dad to get opinions; he wants to upgrade.
We'll start with the quick summary for those who don't like to read:
- Budget around $1000-$1500
- good battery life
- would like full-frame
- would like built-in flash
- main use is vacation landscapes/portraits
He came from a T3i, and was thinking about upgrading to full-frame. He actually prints pictures to hang on his wall (vacation landscapes), and the T3i was not always acceptable with resolution and detail.
I've loaned him my Sony A7 for a while, and he likes the increased resolution, but is unhappy with the battery life. His use case with the Canon was to leave the camera on, let it go to sleep mode, then wake it up with the shutter button to take a picture. Sony mirrorless doesn't do this, as the battery will die very quickly.
His budget is around $1000-$1500. He doesn't necessarily need full-frame (crop sensors have improved quite a bit from his old T3i), and is not stuck on a particular brand (he was actually thinking about switching to Nikon). He also likes to have a built-in pop-up flash for occasional fill-flash on portraits (which eliminates the 6D )
I recommended the 80D if he wants to stay Canon; there's an 80D + 18-135 kit on Canon refurb for $1000
I don't know as much about Nikon, but the D7200 and D610 look interesting. I saw some good sales prices on the D750, but it would be stretching his budget with a decent lens.
He's open to mirrorless, but it would take some convincing on battery life. I mentioned that the A7iii has a bigger battery than my A7, but it's stretching the budget and no flash.
Any thoughts? Other suggestions?