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Old Oct 22, 2010, 7:00 AM   #11
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Thx so much for all the help.

Just curious as to how the A500 stacks up against the Nex cameras from Sony. I only ask because I was browsing at a local shop and the sales guy was pushing it on me.
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Old Oct 22, 2010, 7:16 AM   #12
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The NEX cameras are smaller and lighter, but there are fewer lenses and accessories, and the ones that are available are either more expensive or less capable than the equivalent products for Sony's dSLR and SLT cameras.
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They're two entirely different classes of cameras.

The NEX-5 is a much smaller and lighter camera, with very few external controls. It also uses a different lens mount system. Right now, there are only 3 lenses available for it (16mm f/2.8, 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 and 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3). Note that you can buy an adapter to use Minolta A mount (a.k.a., Minolta Maxxum, Dynax mount) lenses with it. But, they'll need to be Sony SAM or SSM lenses to get Autofocus (and only if you update the firmware to a newer release, as that feature was only just implemented in the latest Adapter firmware).

It has no optical viewfinder (LCD is used for both framing and playback), and uses a slower Contrast Detect Focus system (although it's fairly fast as Contract Detect AF goes). Personally, I prefer the LCD design with the A500, too (if you're using it for Live View). But, the A500 doesn't give you Video recording and the NEX-5 does.

It also has no current provisions for a nicer flash for bouncing (it has a relatively small flash that screws down into the top of the camera, and works about like a normal built in flash would work). Flashes designed for the A500 won't work on it.

If Video is a concern, and you want smaller and lighter model, it would be worth a look. Personally, I'd prefer the A500 ( by a long shot) for the way I use a camera.
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Great, thanks. I am planning on going with the A500 but just wanted to ask.

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The NEX-5 is a neat little camera, with lots of interesting features (sweep panorama mode, etc.). It's also gaining in popularity (selling well in most markets). Image Quality is also very high (and I think it probably bests the A500 in the low light/high ISO speed noise area, too).

It all depends on what you want in a camera. Personally, I'm accustomed to using a dSLR type model with an optical viewfinder and more external controls, ability to use a larger external flash, more lens choices, etc. (like the A500 would give you). But, each user will have different preferences in a camera, and there is no one right choice for everyone. ;-)
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So based on your low light comment is the NEX-3 better from a performance standpoint? How is the speed? My biggest reasons for upgrading is that we constantly miss the pics of our kids we want while our camera reloads and the indoor pics are not great. Lack of an optical view finder would not be an issue for me.
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No...I meant that the noise levels are probably bit better at higher ISO speeds (but not by much, and I haven't compared them carefully yet). In other aspects for low light shooting (AF speed, ability to use brighter primes, larger external flashes, etc.), the A500 is going to be superior.
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Great thanks again.
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the nex's advantages is that is shoots HD, and is a way smaller package.
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the nex's advantages is that ... is a way smaller package.
While the camera body is smaller and lighter, the lenses are the same as or bigger and heavier than equivalent A-Mount lenses (not to mention more expensive.) So "way smaller" is a bit of an exaggeration.
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