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Sony Alpha NEX 5N Vs. NEX 5K

truetrue2003 4 10 October 13, 2011 at 11:08 PM
Can anybody tell me the difference between Sony NEX 5N and NEX 5K? I am new to DSLR camera, and I m not that knowledgeable about DSLR camera. I been doing lots of research about it, and the information from the Sony website is kind of confusing.

Sorry, let me edit my post here, I am actually looking for a compact with some DSLR feature camera. Thanks for all the comments =)

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As an aside, the NEX cameras are not DSLR cameras. There's no mirror involved.

Here's a breakdown of the differences between the Nex 5N and the original Nex 5 (I assume K = black): http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonynex5n/
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If you look at that review, it's pretty obvious that these Sony cameras are pure point and shoot. I suppose that's fine, if point and shoot is all you want to do.But these cameras seem very expensive for what they offer. It looks to me like the price, sensor and lens quality of a DSLR in a point and shoot body.

It's innovative and probably a great picture taker for someone who wants to keep things simple, but all of the enthusiast photographers dislike it.
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If you look at that review, it's pretty obvious that these Sony cameras are pure point and shoot. I suppose that's fine, if point and shoot is all you want to do.But these cameras seem very expensive for what they offer. It looks to me like the price, sensor and lens quality of a DSLR in a point and shoot body.

It's innovative and probably a great picture taker for someone who wants to keep things simple, but all of the enthusiast photographers dislike it.
If you head over to the FM forums, you'll find that there are a lot of fans of the NEX series, the Micro-4/3 series and any other "EVIL" camera system (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens). People seem especially willing to slobber over the rangefinder type cameras, like the Leica M8 and M9.

The EVIL systems provide many of the pros of a consumer DSLR system, including a large sensor. The NEX cameras have APS-C (1.5x crop) sensors and m4/3 sensors are also similarly large (2x crop). The large sensor provides better quality images and high ISO performance. They also have an interchangeable lens mount. What sets the EVIL systems apart from the DSLR systems is the distance from the flange to the sensor. Given that it's very slim, you're able to use rangefinder lenses as well as any lens that's meant for a SLR system (e.g. Nikon and Canon manual focus lenses).

You can also use any of the regular Sony Alpha lenses and, by extension, any of the Minolta Alpha lenses (Sony Alpha and Minolta Alpha are the same lens mount).

The EVIL cameras are more than merely a Point and Shoot camera.
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The EVIL cameras are more than merely a Point and Shoot camera.
I read over the Sony review at DPReview, and if you look at how the controls work, it's pretty much point and shoot. If your hands can't adjust aperture/shutter/ISO/Exposure Comp while looking through the viewfinder, then, in my opinion, it's point and shoot.

Granted, I agree that the big sensor and lenses mean better, sharper pictures. But if I can't creatively control the shot with my eye on the viewfinder, it's not (in my opinion) a camera that an advanced amateur such as myself would want to use.

By all means, disagree. I am not the decider of these things, except for myself. On DPReview, however, the comments on this camera were uniformly negative, so I'm not the only one.

Even so, I think that eventually, electronic viewfinder will replace/supplement optical even in professional cameras. I could imagine an ultra high-res, "retina-style" EVF could let you see the image as it will be captured, let you do stop-down metering to preview DoF easily, show you clipping in the viewfinder... it could well be better than optical.
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