Sony NEX vs DSLR for Birding?

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Sony NEX vs DSLR for Birding?
1 month ago

I have a Sony NEX-6, with the 55-210mm lens. The lens is a little slow/dark at 210mm: f/6.3. And AF at that length can be a bit spotty.

I use my camera mainly for birding and for hikes in the woods with the dogs. At 315mm equivalent focal length, that's a bit inadequate for birding.

I'm tempted to trade to a Nikon D3300, with the 55-300mm lens, which is a bit faster/brighter at 300mm: f/5.6. The equivalent focal length of 450mm is within the lower end of birding range. And, of course, DSLR AF is more spot-on.

I estimate the volume and the weight of the D3300, as rigged, to be about 2/3s more than the NEX-6.

I've been happy with the IQ of the Sony. Is the extra focal length, brighter lens, and faster AF worth the extra bulk?

Nikon D3300 Sony Alpha NEX-6
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