Recommendation for new hobbiest: NEX or DSLR?

Started 10 months ago | Discussions thread
expireduser
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I recommend a third option...
In reply to trax87, 10 months ago

Based on what you've described, I would say to consider a Fuji X-E1 with the Fuji 18-55mm lens for $1199. Your friend will probably not want to be swapping lenses, will probably not want to be shooting raw. The Sony kit zoom is pretty awful, and NEX out-of-camera jpeg is pretty awful. The Fuji is superb on both counts. NEX is faster at AF but you said your friend probably doesn't care, so I would say SLR is pointlessly big and heavy for him.

If he wanted to dive into raw workflow, prime lenses and legacy manual focus lenses, I would enthusiastically recommend an NEX-7. If he wanted very high performance AF I would recommend an SLR.

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