Hi, Thanks for your thoughts! Just out of curiosity, what telescope for you have and what adapters did you get for your NEX? Thanks!
Sony NEX 5N, My noobish thoughts
Photography’s always been something that I’ve had a mild interest in. I never could actually do anything about that interest, due to my lack of a real camera.
Well lately I’ve decided it was time to correct that situation, so I am now the owner of a Sony NEX 5N mirrorless camera. And let me tell you, this thing is well worth the cash I dropped for it.
Seeing that the only thing I’ve had to take pictures with up till now is my cameraphone, the word upgrade seems a bit of an understatement.
So, how about getting some specs out there.
This camera is rocking a 16.1 megapixel APS-C sensor, 10 fps continuous shooting mode, up to 1080 / 60p AVCHD video capture, a touch-enabled 3-inch LCD, and a maximum ISO of 25,600.
I first saw this camera on Tekzilla, where they raved about the low light performance, mostly due to the large sensor. Packing an APS-C sensor into this small body instead of the usual Micro Four-Thirds couldn’t have been easy, but Sony did it, and it’s freaking awesome.
I haven’t really had a chance to take this outside a lot, so most of the pictures i’ve been taking are indoors, and I don’t have the brightest house. But the pictures have been coming out great with this camera. You can set the ISO to 3200 with no grain easily.
I will say that I wish it didn’t rely on the touchscreen quite so much, and that there were more physical controls. But, I suppose that’s the price you pay for the smaller body size. Speaking of the small size, I have fairly large hands, so that can sometimes be a bit of an issue for me. I find that pulling the screen out, gives me a better place to put my thumb and keep the camera steady.
I’ve found myself doing a lot of experimenting. One of the first things I did was buy a tripod and start playing with long-exposure images. I haven’t really done much, but I can’t wait to play more and learn as I go.
I also bought a couple adapters, so that I could play with some astrophotography. My telescope isn’t exactly very powerful, but I was able to get some nice shots of the moon on a recent clear night.
I’ve only played with video just a little bit, but I have to say it just looks great. Also, you may have heard about a clicking sound that occurs during video taking. Sony said they had that issue fixed, and so far it looks like they have. I haven’t heard any clicks on any of the videos i’ve taken, even when I’ve been moving around a bit.
All in all, I have to say I’m very happy with buying this camera, and really can’t wait to play with it more. I want to do more video stuff with it, because really it can pretty much be used as a full video camera as well as still camera.
For a real review and not just my inane ramblings, check these links out.