Any Reason to get D5300 over Sony A6000?

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Re: My experience, for what it worth
In reply to Greg A A, Apr 1, 2014

Greg A A wrote:

Amamba wrote:

I tried D5200 before committing to Nex 6. I am a longtime Canon shooter, bought a used Nex F3, when it died decided I didn't want to go back to old Canon brick with their sensor that was decent but definitely getting long in the tooth. I was always curious about Nikon, and D5200 had rave reviews.

I hated it. I couldn't get a single sharp photo. I don't know if this was because of the IQ of the Nikon kit lenses (18-55 VR and 70-300 VR) or because of the dreaded "mirror slap" but my T3i would blow it away even with an old and abused EF28-90 film kit which wasn't all that good. I am tending to blame the lenses because the output was soft at any speed. Not out of focus, just soft.

I also disliked the Jpeg colors coming out of Nikon, although this is subjective. To me, Canon colors look warm, Sony is on the cooler side with a tendency to saturate orange, and Nikon was snot green. Nothing that can't be fixed in post.

Finally, I realized that I didn't want to go back to a DSLR. I was getting worse output with a much bigger and heavier package ( to be fair, D5200 was light as far as DSLRs go).

So I returned that Nikon and got Nex 6 instead. If I ever go back to DSLR, I would consider Canon first.

Now, Nikon (and Canon) do have many more lenses to chose from.

Its unfortunate you had trouble with your D5200. No properly working recent camera, Nikon, Canon, Sony or other, should perform as you describe. Slight color cast difference would be expected, but not snot green unless there was something really wrong with the color balance setup. Perhaps there was something wrong with the sensor alignment, who knows. A properly working sample of the D5200 should be able to deliver a single sharp photo.

One can hardly condemn a family of cameras based on single bad experience, though these examples make great fodder on these boards. If there was such a generic problem there would be widespread complaints.

April 1?

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f8 and be there

Not an April fools joke, actually I described the whole experience on POTN as it was happening.

The greenish cast (indoors in artificial lighting) didn't look like it was AWB thrown off, rather as a Nikon specific Jpeg color processing that tended to oversaturate greens and yellows. Every camera maker has their processing - as I said Canon tends to be warm and emphasize pink (which is what I liked for portraits as it makes typical Caucasian skin tones look good), Sony is on the colder side with a bit of boost in orange, and Nikon seemed to be boosting yellows and especially yellowish greens. But this was not the reason I returned it - I could definitely learn to live with it, I primarily shoot RAW anyway.

I returned it because of softness. I actually spent half a day trying to figure out if I had the mirror slap problem that many people suspected on these bodies, but after running several dozen test shots at speeds high enough to avoid mirror slap, and still getting very soft photos, I ruled it out. I mean, with Nikon 18-55VR at f8 I was getting worse shots than with Canon EF28-90 at f5.6 (and it's not the best Canon kit lens even as kits are concerned). The next step would be to get a higher end Nikon lens and see if the problem was with the kit lenses (which were getting many poor reviews) or if the body had focusing issues. But I didn't have any friends with Nikon glass nearby, and by that time it was pretty obvious to me that Nikon won't be a major improvement over Canon, so I decided to return the camera and get Nex 6.

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