Mirrorless Recommendation ( Sony Vs Olympus? )

Started Mar 22, 2013 | Discussions thread
Jorginho
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In reply to Louno, Mar 22, 2013

Well, it depends what lenses you buy and how critical you are on the IQ. If you come from that Nikon, both will blow it away in IQ for sure. So you'll be happy regardless I think.

Olympus sensor is virtually identical to the NEX3F sensor BTW. So that is not it.

DOF...Well an APS-c has an advantage on DOF if we only look at the sensor. But bokeh is function of the lens. A shallow depth of field does not mean a good bokeh. It is how the lens renders the out of focus parts of the shot. You can be sure that you'll find a coiuple of really good Leica, Panasonic and Olympus lenses when it comes to bokeh. Not so much with the Sony unless you are okey with Manual focus lenses.

Also: DOF of course is also a function of the lens. Again: if you go for MF lenses the NEx has an advantage. If not, the Oly has quite a few fast lenses with good DOF for you like the 20 mm 1.7 Panny (I use it a lot on my EPL5), 45 mm f1.8 (excellent lens! and not too expensive). Well: look 'm up yourself. For the Sony you do not have lenses of that quality at that price that are similarly fast.

Low light: low light performance is the same for NEX 3F and Oly. However: the IBIS funnctions pretty well. So you can get away with lower ISO and still do not have a shake. It is easily 2 stops if not three stops. Note that for light sensitivity f1.8 - f1.8 for every sensor. You'll have a lot of this kind of lenses for m43s and not for the NEX ( I think 2?).

Even Manual focussed lenses won't help: there will be no stabilsation for them on the Sony. You can use those lenses pretty well on the Oly WITH stabilisation.

Oly also focusses better in very low light I think (not sure though). I don't know if you can put an EVF on the NEX but I think you can on the Oly.

Finally: the Oly lets you use smaller lenses and the system is more compact.

In short: i think the Oly is the better choice here., although I would advice you to take a look at the EPL5 because the tiltable screen is very nice. If the Sony has it, than to me this is a big advantage.

Good luck and have fun with whatever you chose!

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