Good information, but I have to comment on the opening "Lightroom 5 is a powerful program, but that power comes at the expense of a learning curve that some find pretty steep." The learning curve describes how quickly the effort of doing something goes down as you do more of it. A steep learning curve means you learn quickly and easily, so the effort drops a lot in a hurry.
If you meant to say that Lightroom can be difficult to learn, this opening has it backwards. The fact that lots of other people have learning curves backwards too doesn't change that.
This has nothing to do with the content of the piece. The problem is that people who know about learning curves will think "if they can't get this right, how much can they know about Lightroom?" A good deal, it seems, but if you turn readers off before they even get to the article, some of them won't make it that far.
Please try to use "learning curve" correctly in the future.
The reason people use smartphones for social photography isn't that they're small. It's because everyone carries one with them everywhere already. A case has to be made, not that these are better - nobody denies that - but that they're enough better to justify carrying something else that has no other purpose. That case, as regards social photos, which are never going to be printed 8x10, has not been made.
(I write this as a happy DSLR user who carries it, if not exactly everywhere, certainly to a lot of places.)
Zigadiboom: What do I do if dust gets onto the sensor whilst I'm 49 feet below the sea?
You remove the lens to get rid of it. Once you do this, you will no longer be at all concerned about dust on the sensor.
Being the sort of person who has to see for himself, I read the comments and went to the survey anyhow. I bailed less than a quarter of the way through - and, in retrospect, don't see how I lasted that long. I'd like an iPad, but not that badly.
zos xavius: I don't get it. This is the same sensor as the D3200 right? Is this the same sensor as nex-7? If you ask me nex-7 looks bad from 1600 and up compared to the d7000/K-5 sensor. I do realize it has 9 million more pixels, but that brings up another point. If people are finding it hard to match lenses to their d800 that can outresolve the sensor, won't people run into the same problems here? My k-5 outresolves glass pretty easily. At 24mp, I know I would be pushing past the limits of all but my best primes. It just seems like a lesser base image for more resolution that you will have a hard time achieving with consumer level zooms, which is likely what a lot of people buying this camera will be using. Dxomark rates it as the same level of sensitivity to the d7000. Coming from a k-5 users perspective, I find this hard to believe. One of the biggest nex7 complaints was noise. Can anyone say this is now the best aps sensor? It doesn't seem to be if iq is your top priority.
Basic misconception here. The D5200 does not have the D3200 sensor. It has a new sensor design that happens to have the same pixel count.