I’ve been waiting for a proper camera, one that gets as quality as a DSLR, without the bulk and bore. Sure there are micro four-thirds like the Olympus PEN series, but they just didn’t tickle my adamantium bone.
Having recently played with the Sony NEX-5, I fell in love with its features. It’s great for a DSLR newbie like me who wants to take diverse range of photos, as well as a videography hobbyist who likes experimenting with videos.
It’s a serious camera with an impressive APS-C sensor, which Sony says is 60% larger than a Four-Thirds sensor, and 13 times larger than a typical video camera sensor.
If you’ve seen the cameras I’ve used over the years, you’d know that I tend to go for the hybrid video/photo cameras, such as the Sony M2 and Sanyo HD1010 which tend to be pistol-grip by design. The NEX-5 lets me take everything up a notch, by having a proper image sensor, and the hardware customizability of a video camera (e.g. compact stereo mic add-on).
The physical and software interface is intended for amateur photographers. Though I’ve been taking photos and videos for years, I never really bothered with the mechanics behind camera, going instead with gut feel for lightning and composition. This camera keeps much of the controls on-screen instead of having a control dial most professionals are used to.
To guess at Sony’s design philosophy, it’d likely be the sheer lack of space for buttons and dials on such a tiny camera body. They turned this problem into an opportunity, by putting the controls in the software interface and adding contextual tips as well as a full-blown photography guide right in the menu system. While I prefer experimenting rather than reading the manual, it’s really handy having the guide right there to explain how I could execute specific creative shots.
I still getting used to the camera, but from my first run covering the BlinkBl_nk meetup last night, I’m glad that I finally have a camera that takes such sharp pictures in the dark. See what I mean by looking through the BlinkBl_nk photo gallery.
For those of you who love unboxing photos, I’ve got that too.
And finally if you wish to compare the Sony NEX-5 with current micro Four-Thirds as well as DSLRs, this is my favorite article detailing the NEX-5’s features, with side-by-side physical comparisons.
I bought this camera at the Sony Style store in Bugis Junction for exactly $1199 SGD, and it came with a $300 coupon for a second lens when it gets released. Comparing retail prices worldwide, this is a pretty good deal for Singaporeans.
This is only my second day with the camera, but I’ll do my best in answering any of your questions in the comments.