Choosing between Nikon D5200 or Sony NEX6

Started Aug 27, 2013 | Discussions thread
ohcello Senior Member • Posts: 1,719
Re: I think that's a mistake to get 3N and 5200

wb2trf wrote:

You do what you want of course, but I wouldn't get those two. They are too close in size and capability. You will end up using all one or all the other. So, unless you want to try both and sell the one you don't use, I don't recommend that approach.

To my way of thinking you only want one new interchangable lens camera to which you add lenses over time. The next smaller size than DSLR that may justify a second camera is a P&S. It fits in any pocket but a Nex does not. If the RX100 is too pricey then get the best small sensor one you can afford, if you do want a smaller camera than the 5100 or Nex. Contrary to what the gear hounds here believe when you take pictures in bright light and look at them at normal viewing distance you will not be able to tell whether it was taken by your 5100 or your 2/3 tiny sensor P&S without looking at the exif. So, most travel pics, no difference. Picture taken in dim light, different story.

Many of the previous posts are bonkers in my view, by the way. Some posters here think that a dslr somehow knows what the subject is and chooses that reliably. Nonsense. I get 95% keepers shooting moving children with the slowest of the Nex lenses the SEL 50mm 1.8. I choose the Nex for its manuverablity and small effect on the psyche of my tiny subjects. I have no AF problems.

The problem is that the 3N is so much cheaper than the RX100 and to be honest, I would not put the RX100 in my pocket (like the OP also stated he would not either).  I would put in it a small belt/bag... and I think I could also carry around the 3N with kit lens the same way... just protruding out another ~30cm, which I don't think will be a big deal.

As for getting another point and shoot... forget it... the IQ is not much better than HDR shots on my iphone in good light so I'd never invest in any small sensor camera again.

My plan is this.  I'll get the 3N first.... I'll see how I do with moving targets, low light, etc.  If the AF is 'good enough' I'll build out the lenses for the NEX system (35mm f/1.8 and 55-210mm).    If the AF is not good enough, the 3N will become *just* my camcorder, and travel/travel light cam and I will not get any more lenses for it.  I'll then get a DSLR for low light and events.

I have *some* skills working with DSLRs now for about 7 years back to the Canon 20D, so maybe I can make the NEX 3N work enough to get enough keepers... I really won't know until I own it.

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