Choosing between Nikon D5200 or Sony NEX6

Started Aug 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
IrGoofy
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Re: Choosing between Nikon D5200 or Sony NEX6
In reply to CosmoZooo, Aug 28, 2013

CosmoZooo wrote:

Very interesting to see this type of thinking on the NEX in a scenario where I would consider the D5200 to be a clear winner, video aside.

I've owned the NEX-6 for a while now and while I've never used a DSLR, but if I had to do this again I'd either rent or buy one and try it out.

I went back and forth on the NEX-6 finally keeping it (I've bought it twice, returning it the first time) but at the end of the day I should have tried a DSLR. I tried a Panny GX1 m43 and that made me want to sprint back to NEX but again I should have tried a DSLR too.

Shooting kids in low light is exactly where NEX shows it's weakest side - the focusing is just not fast enough. Yes, I make it work...I've found ways to rely on AF-C to take decent shots, but there are plenty of misses and those misses often would have been better shots then the ones that succeed. And if I hand a camera over to my wife in those situations - forget it. I remember trying to shoot this event at my house before I learned how to better utilize the camera, dim dining room lights - I relied on multi-focus and missed almost all of the shots

With NEX-6 it's not about how many good low-light moving kids shots you can keep - it's about how many you're going to have to throw away or simply miss due to slow focus and I've missed plenty.

Here's my advice TRY THEM BOTH! I strongly recommend you follow that advice even if you don't feel like it. There are plenty of retailers, Amazon being one, where you can return the product if you don't like it. Start with a DSLR.

From what I understand the D5200 has an awesome sensor, as good as NEX if not better but you do get more MP which will make larger prints better or give you more room for down sampling for cleaner results or cropping.

The NEX will likely do better in video - D5200 might hunt more and you will likely get lens noises in the audio recording. With NEX you just have a tiny bit of noise with a power zoom lens like 16-50 during zooming.

If video is important to you, as it was to me, I am really excited about the Canon Dual pixel AF - it is worth taking a peak at the Canon 70D although I think the tech will end up in the rest of the lineup soon. It is also the tech that has the potential to place the Canon at the top of the mirrorless market.

Good luck with your decision - try them both - trust me, it's the best thing you can do. AF speed in low light is the Achilles heel of the NEX-6 and the Hybrid AF doesn't help enough.

I had NEX-5 for 2 weeks, NEX-6 for 2 months. I had tried from macro, kids in low light to bird in flight. I had LA-EA2 + few A mount lens. I have to agree with you on the NEX's weakness.

I shoot a lot moving objects in low light (kids, events) even with LA-EA2 adapter, the % of keeping good photos was low. I threw away a lot of good moment but blurry pictures. After 1 months of using LA-EA2 adapter, I think the adapter has some weaknesses. First, it would off shift the focus sometimes. For instance, I used LA-EA2 + Tamron 28-75mm on tripod, single center focus, pulled 4,5 shots continuously on the same target. At least 1 shot would be off focus a bit. 2nd weakness is the photos look softer and not as sharp (maybe too many extra glasses?) BIF, it can be done but in my untrained eyes and hands, out of 100 shots, I could only keep 6 or 7 (not using LA-EA2.) I was very happy when I got a clear, good shot. It felt like a great achievement.

NEX is a wonderful camera. However, depends on what you want to shoot, it may give you a lot of frustrations.

For me, I ended up returning NEX-6 and picked up A77 (still in debate if I should keep A77 or go with D7100.) I am still on the learning curve with A77, however, I smile a lot more with recent photos.

Best luck to your purchase.

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