Choosing between Nikon D5200 or Sony NEX6

Started Aug 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
RonFrank Senior Member • Posts: 2,130
Re: Choosing between Nikon D5200 or Sony NEX6

If size is a major issue the Nex is a smart choice.

If AF is a driving factor than the DSLR is the way to go.

If you like shooting birds or sports which require big glass the Nex size advantage becomes pointless with the weight of lenses, and the DSLR advantage of continuous focus tracking.

The AF on the Nex 5R/6 works well under good light, but in poor light can have problems.  The AF also fails to track subjects in some situations.  Some feel the AF works well, others do not.

If you spend much time around 4/3 cameras and mirrorless you quickly realize that the down side is AF.  The AF is bad enough to create a MF lens market.  Yes folks purchase MF lenses and use them vs the AF lenses made by Sony or whoever.  Part of this is the cost of MF, but the AF is also a big factor as very few DSLR users are out buying up MF lenses.

The Nex 5R and 6 both have PDAF which works well in most situations, but it is not equal to a DSLR at this point.  Your best option may be to go to a store and try them both.  If the Nex AF is acceptable in a store you may find that is the way to go.

Take a memory card and have a friend start 40 feet away walking towards you.  Shoot a burst of shots at 3fps, focus set to C.  Do this a few times to attempt to determine if the AF is acceptable for your use.  You should get four of six shots in focus but that is dependent on the lighting.  You will have a feel for how well the AF works on the Nex as AF is the weak link on the Nex.

I am betting that many never use the AF tracking found in a DSLR.  OTOH I found the mirrorless 4/3 system completely lacking because of focus issues.  The Nex has improved AF so you need to make up your own mind.

Good Luck

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