Is prior DSLR ownership needed to appreciate a NEX?

Started Dec 5, 2012 | Discussions thread
Bart Hickman Veteran Member • Posts: 7,256
You would likely be even more disappointed in the DSLR...

Larry251 wrote:

Just some random musings

It seems many of those who really love their NEX cameras come from a background where they used a DSLR first (or still have one) and appreciate the freedom a smaller camera with a large sensor gives them. I have seen posts from many people (myself included) who come to the NEX as an upgrade from a point and shoot who ask either before or after purchase whether a DSLR would be (or might have been) a wiser upgrade path. Sometimes there is also a certain amount of initial disappointment with a purchase despite a big potential difference in image quality from the point and shoot.

Do you think to fully appreciate the NEX (or another mirrorless camera for that matter) one really needs to use a DSLR first?

This disappointment is just you realizing that your photography wasn't being limited by the P&S camera. Consequently, getting a better camera didn't help that much.

The DSLR doesn't take good pictures for you any more than the NEX does. Going from a P&S to a DSLR would likely be even more of a shock as you must learn to get used to the OVF and lack of a good liveview mode with fast AF. These are easy to learn to work with, but the initial disappointment that the camera didn't magically make you a great photographer would be compounded by the shock of these other changes I think.

Former DSLR owners, OTOH, are learning they can dispense with the compromises of the DSLR (bulk, slow or non-existent CDAF, poor live view) and still have all the great features of a DSLR that enable great photography.  Plus it's not all rosy even for DSLR owners.  Some of them miss the fast PDAF of the DSLR.


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