Joined: Thu Oct 29, 2009 3:22 pm Posts: 561 Location: Durango, CO
I have been thinking of upgrading from a point and shoot for a while. I have gone back and forth on getting a DSLR, but have not pulled the trigger. Mostly is due to the weight and size, and knowing I probably wouldn't want to bring it most days. I also knew that I wouldn't have an easy way to access it, which I like in a point in shoot in the backcountry. I always thought, an in between DSLR and point and shoot would be great. That brought me to the Sony NEX models, which I have been researching. My price range is the 5N, not the 7 (which I have read is great, but too much for me). The reviews I have read have all been positive.
Key things I like Lightweight and small (9.5 ounces, and 4-3/8 × 2-3/8 × 1-9/16") Takes great pictures Sweep Panoramic Feature Shoots 1080p video (for about 15 minutes I've read) Can do different lenses Does a great burst (up to 10 per second, but 5 with focus for 2 seconds, then tapers) Good iso and can do long exposure shots (which I've been dying to be able to do)
I know it isn't 100% a DSLR quality, but its damn close, and a good tradeoff for the weight and size I think.
I also found a good mount that will go onto my bags waist belt for quick access, which I believe is key.
What I'm wondering to hear some first hand experience with people using the 5N for splitboarding. Anyone have any thoughts?
Joined: Fri Nov 23, 2007 3:40 pm Posts: 126 Location: Aurora, CO
I haven't really looked into these type of cameras much (I ride with a dSLR in a chest harness similar to HFTs), but the little cameras with an APS-C sized sensor are intriguing. After a quick glance at the NEX-5N specs the only thing that I noticed that could be a problem is the touchscreen, which doesn't always play well with gloves. Just depends on which functions are dependent on it I guess. Plus, they do make some gloves that work with touchscreens.
Joined: Fri Feb 17, 2006 10:10 am Posts: 1116 Location: Denver
There is no beating a viewfinder for catching fast action shots. I see the 5n has an optional add on. Also consider taking a bad fall with that thing on your waist, it looks like separating the lens from the body would be possible in that scenario.