NEX-6 major design flaw

Started Jun 2, 2013 | Discussions thread
kaiser soze
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Re: Mike - It's not a 'flaw' but I agree with you...
In reply to zackiedawg, Jun 4, 2013

zackiedawg wrote:

kaiser soze wrote:

Why is this behavior annoying? Why can't you just switch it to MF? What is the downside to doing that, as compared to whatever behavior it is that you would prefer and propose?

Because I don't want to have to switch it to MF...the downside is, I've had 4 previous cameras and one other current camera I use regularly which I've always been able to use the same way, and I'd like to also use my NEX the same way...but I cannot.  I want the camera to do nothing whatsoever until I decide to half-press the shutter button, which I would like to have initiate autofocus in Single AF mode, achieve focus where I intend, and lock.  I do not want to press a different button to trigger autofocus just because I'm very accustomed to doing it with the shutter button, as I have on all previous cameras and my other current one...so switching another button on the body to function as an AF/MF toggle is not as convenient or as intuitive for me, and also removes other functions I've mapped to that button which I might find much more useful.  Where prefocus interferes the most for me is when birding with the NEX - because I am walking around with a 357mm focal length with the camera pointed down at the ground, and the focus system prefocuses on the ground at minimum focus distance...when I need to pull the camera up to shoot a bird 60 feet away, it actually increases the focus time to acquire versus if the focus had stayed at the maximum focus distance from the previous shot and prefocus was turned off.

That makes perfect sense to me. I understand now why you would just like there to be a setting in the menu to simply disable the prefocus. (Never let it be said that I cannot be persuaded by a coherent, rational explanation.) And with this bit of enlightenment, I now realize that the OP had a valid point.

And what is the reason for thinking that this consumes an appreciable amount of battery power in comparison to the amount consumed by the LCD and EVF? And even if it is significant in a comparative sense, what is wrong with setting the power save timer to 10 s and then pressing the Menu button when you want it to wake up?

Nothing.  I haven't complained about the power consumption being a major factor.

But unless I'm mistaken (and may be) part of the OP's concern was with battery use.

I have my power save set to 1 minute and even that's fine.  I use the EVF all the time, and I just carry two batteries.

According to the battery life tests that Sony did and made available somewhere (I read it just a few days ago but don't recall exactly where I found it), the EVF uses more power than the LCD. At first that surprised me, but physical size of the display would not be a meaningful basis for comparison except when comparing different sizes of display using the same technology. The LCD display very likely has LEDs inside it, and there are a different type of LED from the type used for the EVF, but my understanding is that with the OLED display, each color dot is an individual LED. That's a lot of LEDs.

I let my camera go to sleep, wake it with a menu or shutter half press as I'm bringing it up to my eye, and it's ready to go by the time it gets there...no problems for me.  The lifespan of the batteries is fine for what it is - 400 shots in normal mixed conditions has not been a problem for me, and I can push well over 1,000 shots using the EVF when I'm in wildlife shooting conditions (ie: no flash, rapid burst, no previewing, no chimping).  It won't approach my DSLR by a long shot, but that's no surprise - it isn't the prefocus, it's the size of the battery and the EVF/LCD constant live view that makes the difference there.

Is there good information on how much power live view consumes compared to using the LCD (or EVF) with live view disabled?

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