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Hey guys,

I just ordered my t3i on Amazon for Christmas, but after doing more research I came across the nex 5n. Alot of people are saying mirror less cameras are the future., and the APS sensor on the nex-5n is similar to that of the D7000. The nex-5n seems small and compact which I like.

Which of these two would you guys recommend to a person that has no investment in any lenses from either company? I don't mind the small shape of the nex-5n nor the big shape of the t3i, for me it comes down to image and video quality with the stock lens. (I won't be getting new lenses for awhile) Does the nex-5n take better image and video than the t3i? Does the nex-5n have a max recording time like the t3i?



Thanks guys.. this decision is killing me.
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the nex5n sensor is "better" then the t3i but its really splitting hairs since theres not much difference when you are normally looking at pictures. both kit lenses are similar, the nex5n will autofocus during video similar to a PS while the t3i does not (it does autofocus but its extremely slow and will focus back and forth).

the biggest issue is which feels more comfortable in your hands, i find the nex5n a bit small so my pink wraps around the bottom. but the camera is so light with the kit lens it doesnt really matter, it could be an issue if i used a larger lens. the canon also has a huge inventory of native lenses, while the nex5n can basically use any camera lens (in full manual controls).

also the nex5n is significantly more expensive then the t3i (or a refurb t2i).
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the nex5n sensor is "better" then the t3i but its really splitting hairs since theres not much difference when you are normally looking at pictures. both kit lenses are similar, the nex5n will autofocus during video similar to a PS while the t3i does not (it does autofocus but its extremely slow and will focus back and forth).
the biggest issue is which feels more comfortable in your hands, i find the nex5n a bit small so my pink wraps around the bottom. but the camera is so light with the kit lens it doesnt really matter, it could be an issue if i used a larger lens. the canon also has a huge inventory of native lenses, while the nex5n can basically use any camera lens (in full manual controls).
also the nex5n is significantly more expensive then the t3i (or a refurb t2i).

You brought up a really good point that might have answered my question. If I were to take the same picture with the Nex-5N and the t3i, there would virtually be no difference to the human eye? I am sure the t3i has a great lens progression path, but for me, I wont be that kind of photographer. Only maybe a prime lens and thats it.
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I can see the mirrorless taking over the upper casual market if smartphones replace point & shoots. Regardless, DSLRs will be here for a long time- this shouldn't be a concern for you. Like others said before me its mostly about the ergonomics. Personally, I find the size and weight of a DSLR much more practical and I can't stand not having a viewfinder to frame shots.

I don't see the point in getting a DSLR and sticking with the kit lens. I understand that the concept of spending money on lenses is foreign to most people- they aren't cheap at all. They do however hold their value well and are rarely overpriced- you really do get quality for the money without brand mark-up or that nonsense. DSLR video is a tricky business- I'm still trying to figure it out, but you do get stellar image quality at a low price.

I would definitely get the DSLR and a 50mm 1.8- excellent way to start learning. But everyone's outlook is different, and if you are really adamant on sticking to the kit lens I can see the appeal of a mirrorless.
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I can see the mirrorless taking over the upper casual market if smartphones replace point & shoots. Regardless, DSLRs will be here for a long time- this shouldn't be a concern for you. Like others said before me its mostly about the ergonomics. Personally, I find the size and weight of a DSLR much more practical and I can't stand not having a viewfinder to frame shots.
I don't see the point in getting a DSLR and sticking with the kit lens. I understand that the concept of spending money on lenses is foreign to most people- they aren't cheap at all. They do however hold their value well and are rarely overpriced- you really do get quality for the money without brand mark-up or that nonsense. DSLR video is a tricky business- I'm still trying to figure it out, but you do get stellar image quality at a low price.
I would definitely get the DSLR and a 50mm 1.8- excellent way to start learning. But everyone's outlook is different, and if you are really adamant on sticking to the kit lens I can see the appeal of a mirrorless.

Thanks for your post. It's not that I am firm on not getting lenses, it just might take awhile since this purchase definitely took a dent out of my wallet tongue.gif The Sony does come with a pancake lens as well though and some adapters so that I can use Canon and Nikon lens which I think is very cool. But still the t3i is already ordered and on the way so either way I don't think I am making the wrong choice.
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Neither, get a Micro 4/3ds. The older models + a 14-42mm lens are <$400. The bodies are passable, but the lenses are far superior to Sony's. Also, there is an electronic viewfinder, which although is not as good as a optical viewfinder, is still better than no viewfinder.
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Neither, get a Micro 4/3ds. The older models + a 14-42mm lens are <$400. The bodies are passable, but the lenses are far superior to Sony's. Also, there is an electronic viewfinder, which although is not as good as a optical viewfinder, is still better than no viewfinder.

By micro 4/3rds you mean the Panasonic line? I heard the sony sensors were way better than the 4/3 ones.
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Yes. The sensors are OK. However, like I said, the lenses(which are more important IMO) are a lot better than sony's
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m43 and DLSRs are in different leagues. Buy m43 if size is the major factor, DSLR if image quality, lens system and ergonomics if not.
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m43 and DLSRs are in different leagues. Buy m43 if size is the major factor, DSLR if image quality, lens system and ergonomics if not.

Thanks for the post! So you disagree when you say that a image from a nex-5n and t3i will be look virtually the same?
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