I’m a camera geek. I admit to it pretty willingly too. People tell me “ya know, you’ll never find the *perfect* camera, there’ll always be something newer and greater”… So what ? Does it mean I can’t have a load of fun trying them out ? I love switching cams. As long as I can financially manage the hobby without getting in trouble, I see little harm in it.
So let’s see what happened, camera wise, in 2012 ? I started out having sold my beloved D700. What a painful decision. Earlier in 2011 I fullfilled a lifelong dream of getting myself a horse, and the Nikon sale served funding the little mare.
Early 2012 I was left with a venerable (and nonetheless still excellent) Nikon D90, and really needed something new to spark my interest again.
Decided on the Panasonic Lumix GX-1 to try the new “mirrorless” cameras… and fell in love. This little cam served me extremely well.
It’s truly a fantastic camera, I wouldn’t hesitate recommending to anyone, eyes closed. However, it sports an m4/3 sensor, which is smaller than the ones in regular DSLRs, and loses a *tiny* bit of image quality due to that.
Those guys have the same, bigger, APS-C sensor that is present in large DSLRs. And a mighty good one, too. For portraits, the added detail, dynamic range, lower noise and better depth of field control are totally worth the switch.
So where do I stand a few days shy of 2013 ? The NEX cameras have been excellent, enjoyable, capable tools. They’ve also been quirky, slow at autofocusing and annoying in many little ways. The 5N was great but too dumbed down for my needs. The 6 is more sophisticated, snappier in operation, but still a tad lazy at autofocusing and missing several critical features (the User Interface is improved over the N, but it’s still pretty lame compared to other cams).