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After a long period away from "serious" cameras, using super zoom point and shoot compacts, I was getting increasingly disappointed with the photos. Yes they were in focus and well exposed, just bland in a way. Not wanting the bulk of an slr again, I started looking at compact system cameras and after much research opted for the NEX5R.
The first shock is I guess the comparison to a super zoom. Gone is the massive range of focal lengths,the 55mm end of the kit lens is really a very low level telephoto. To get the same versatility, you will need another lens. The Sony does look like a camera attached to a lens rather than the other way around. Also it's taking some time to get used to the complexity of using a proper camera, more than once I've been disappointed by shots only to find i hadn't reset changes to focus modes, exposure etc from the previous time using the camera.
However, even the first few pictures showed this was a good choice. The increase in image quality is plain to see, much more punchy and distinctive. The ability to use depth of field (or rather the lack of it) as a tool again is great.
Key plus features for me.
+ low light capability including the layering modes is quite remarkable
+ liking the wifi features, including reviewing the day's shots on my iPad, wifi upload to the pc
+ tilting screen is versatile
+ excellent video, there really is no need for a seperate video camera any more.
Things that could be better
- the ability to limit iso maximum in auto modes. Quality is beginning to wander a bit as 3200, my Lumix point and shoot even had this feature
- mixed results so far on moving objects. Sometimes out of focus & having no viewfinder meant I just had to vaguely point the thing at an aircraft display recently, the sunlight being too bright to track the fast moving Mustang on screen
All in all a great purchase although given the choice again, I might spend the extra to get an NEX6 with its viewfinder?
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