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Initial post: Feb 24, 2012 9:31:31 PM PST
I am looking for a replacement for my Sony H50. I have little kids and I don't really want to spend the money on a "real" DSLR. So the H50 was a good solution for me. But now my kids are playing sports and I noticed sometimes the camera has a slight delay and I do miss getting the picture of the just scored goal or whatever. I also have an issue with the battery life. For a whole day full of activities, making short movies and taking hundreds of pictures, I go through both my batteries.
We are also planning a trip to disney and I want a good enough/not to big camera for those fast moving rides and running around kids and outdoor/indoor lightning.
I went to the store to check out some cameras, mostly Nikon and Canon, but I soon realized that those are a bit too heavy/huge for my everyday needs. I noticed the Sony Alpha Nex c3 and he Sony Cybershot DSC Hx100v and really liked both camera's features....

Sony Alpha NEX-C3 16 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera Kit with 18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black)Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX100V 16.2 MP Exmor R CMOS Digital Still Camera with Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 30x Optical Zoom Lens and Full HD 1080 Video
Any advice???

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 24, 2012 10:25:17 PM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 24, 2012 10:32:21 PM PST
Neo Lee says:
A DSLR will perform better for action/sports photography especially under artificial indoor lighting. DSLR is actually more cost effective than a mirrorless compact like the Sony NEX, which is aimed at those who desire a more portable premium camera.

* DSLR cameras have an array of dedicated AF sensors just for faster and more accurate auto-focusing. This makes it possible for a DSLR to achieve a super fast autofocus, granted that a good fast lens is used.

* DSLR lenses are priced more reasonably and there is a large collection for you to choose from. For sports, action or low light photography, you will want to use a good fast lens. We call it a fast lens for its much large aperture (or lens opening) and for its fast, quiet ultrasonic auto-focus motor. This kind of a fast lens is typically much more expensive for Sony NEX kind of camera than a DSLR. The Canon EF 50mm f1.4 USM Lens for example is on sale for less than $400. You can't find something like that for a Sony NEX.

* Yes, the downsize of a DSLR is that it is usually considered large and bulky, but once you get used to it, it feels just right in your hand. It is not that big or heavy. It just won't fit in a coat jacket, and that's all. Sony NEX with a fast lens will not fit in a coat jacket either.

* Minimum DSLR for use should be the Canon EOS Rebel T3 12.2 MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55mm IS II Lens and EOS HD Movie Mode (Black) which is on sale for $500. Again, you will want a good fast lens for use and that will cost extras.

Before I end this reply, let me add that I own an Olympus E-PL2 which belongs to the same category of the Sony NEX. It is a mirrorless compact. I do enjoy using the mirrorless compact more often than my DSLR but that is because I rarely shoot actions and when I do I will use my DSLR instead.

Posted on Feb 25, 2012 6:51:59 AM PST
Tom Martin says:
I agree with Neo Lee

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2012 11:11:21 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Feb 25, 2012 12:01:21 PM PST
® says:
If you are a casual photographer then the Sony NEX is very portable. I used the older Sony Nex 3. I am more an enthusiast so I have a Nikon DSLR too. Most people I seen don't walk around with a dslr so if you are one of those then I am not going to force you to get an dslr. Sony NEX is very popular in Japan because it is small.

So here are the plus and cons of NEx.
+Portability: I took the sony NEx snowboarding (with 16mm pancake lens), I wouldn't dare do this with my DSLR. This implies to going to Disneyland/ world too. Most people bring point and shoot cameras (P&S), because they go on rides. There is no room for a camera bag to sit and maybe fly off and smack someone on more extreme rides, most rides don't let you carry anything. So you need a caddy to hold things.
I take it to work, it fits my jacket pocket and or my messenger bag.
+Image quality IQ is much better then a P&S or the Sony DSC-HX100 bridge camera. I think this is the same sensor as you will find in the DSLR like Sony DSLRA580L or Nikon D5100 16.2M and one Pentax. without good glass you won't reach its full potential.
+It can take Sony dslr Alpha lens with a converter. I actually place my Nikkor lenses on these to try, with an adapter of course.

-I don't like to use the LCD to take pictures, one it drains the battery faster and it is less natural to me, since I learn photography with a SLR. Buy a spare battery.
-there are like 4-5 lenses designed for the NEX not counting the Alpha DSLR mount. This is not an issues for casual photographer. So I wouldn't consider this a sport camera. More in line with a dslr with kit len, so you can get shots of your kids running, but maybe not the best.
-Contrast detection Autofocus (AF) is fast (if you get familiar or know how to use it or pick your point) but I find it less accurate (more missed shots) then my Nikon in low light.

* very few buttons layout mostly for consumer photographers, but there are 3 or more programmable buttons. So most of the things I changed the most like iso, focus point are covered.

If you like Sony brand then for DSLR the Sony A390 is comparable to the Nikon D3100 14.2MP. Sony DSLRA580L is to a Nikon D5100 16.2MP. You can find cheaper Alpha too with like 10mp Sony Alpha A230L 10.2 MP
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