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Sony NEX-5

Started by Nita, July 22, 2013, 05:03:56 pm

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Nita

Does anyone know this camera?  My sister gave it so me, with the lens kit,  and didn't give the ac power adapter, so until I get one, I don't know what it does. (I'm more of a point and shoot person)  She did tell me she thought it was one of Sony's big things that came to nothing...but she paid $700.  Not sure how many years ago that was...a few.

I don't know enough of what specs to look for to even decide if I want to keep it.

Oh!  I found this, and it shows the details of the camera.   Thanks for looking.  After reading all that...I still don't know if it's any better than my Panasonic  Z8. :)

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Sony-alpha-NEX-5-14-2-MP-Digital-Camera-Black-Kit-w-18-55mm-Lens-/300933129226


wondershots

August 19, 2013, 09:59:33 am #1 Last Edit: August 19, 2013, 10:06:39 am by wondershots
Nita, I have the NEX-5 as well as the NEX-C3 and NEX-6. I'm a believer in the NEX system. You get a lot of quality in a small package. In my opinion it's a great system for a point-n-shooter to move up to.

The pros:
It's got a big sensor for the size. By big I mean the physical size of the sensor is the same as a Canon DSLR. It's an "APS-C" sensor which provides great image quality. As a comparison, your point-n-shoot probably has a sensor the size of your pinky finger nail. This give you so much better performance in low light.

It's a compact and light system. You won't mind carrying this around at all.

It's intelligent auto system works great and does a good job predicting the scene and gives good results. At the same time the camera allows full manual operation if you want to go that direction.

Cons:
The sensor gets dirty. Especailly if you change lenses alot. I'm always cleaning mine. Not hard to do, just a pain.

Not a ton of lens options and the very good ones are expensive. The best is the Zeiss 24mm e-mount and it's over $1000. However, there are some much cheaper alternatives (Sigma 19 and 30mm) that give great output.

The flash system is not that good and it's proprietary. One reason I upgraded to the NEX-6 is because it has a standard hot-shoe. (And a viewfinder)

I really like the camera. If I were you I'd get a charger and give it a try. Worst case, you won't like it and you can sell and easily recover the cost of the adapter.