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Old Dec 12, 2012, 11:39 PM   #1
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Grabbed a shot from the Nikon 24mp DSLR D3200, Sony 16mp DSLR A57, and my Panasonic FZ47. Now they were all in Program mode, the Nikon and Sony were at 400iso, but in fairness because of the smaller sensor the panny was in auto at 100. Also did not realize it at the time but the Nikon was not at the 24mp, I'm guessing it was at around 14mp (not sure why, the sales guy set it up and let me walk out and shoot the shots). Oh ya I cropped the panny to 3:2 to match the others.

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Old Dec 12, 2012, 11:48 PM   #2
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Nikon, Panny, and Sony. Did you decide?
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 3:56 AM   #3
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You cheated! Not yet but I'm leaning toward a Refurb Nikon D5100 (w/lens) for $450. or a refurb D3100 for $375. I'm just not a sony person and the sony ltook 2nd in this pixel peeping contest which the panny lost but not really by far and its the FZ47 so I would expect the FZ200 to do better.
I don't know what was different because last year I did a side by side test with a D7000 and my panny took a cleaner pic then it. I might go to another store today to see a D5200 which will be closer to the referb D5100.
Oh this new purchase has not been cleared thru the wife yet so it may be shot down before it's even off the ground.
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Oh this new purchase has not been cleared thru the wife yet so it may be shot down before it's even off the ground.
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No Canon DSLR in contention...?
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i can solidly vouch for the 5100, having bought one myself a couple of months back. the price has dropped too with the arrival of the crazily priced 5200. leaving me plenty of room for a few lenses. its a great camera. sharp, clear images with great detail even through the 18-55 kit lens. prices are good on the 55-300 vr lenses at the moment too so you wont miss the zoom power too much. gotta say im thrilled with mine.

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Canon, Simon?... shame on you
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If I was going to make a decision between these three cameras based on these three pictures, the Nikon would not be my #1 choice. The reasons are:

1. White balance is a bit too much on the warm side with a yellow'ish cast evident in areas like the concrete curb, asphalt, stones and bushes in the forefront.
2. Contrast is not as good particularly the background hills, which look a bit washed out
3. Image not as sharp as the Sony.

To my taste, the Sony is the winner.
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Old Dec 13, 2012, 1:01 PM   #10
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Pixel peeping I found the Nikon to be sharper but your right the Nikon in these shots has the worst contrast and I do see the yellowing also. To be honest the panny has the best contrast and I would say even color closely matches the Sony and the FZ47 is according to reviews one of the best color accurate cameras out.
Question is, can you feel respected amongst other photogs with a sony in your hand?? The sony did have a lot of features the nikon didn't have, the sales guy was really trying to talk me into the sony! I have had Sony camcorders and they have all let me down in one way or another so my confidence in them is not high!
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