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Upgrading GF1 to Nex 5 or Nex C3, Can't make my mind up.

Discussion in 'Sony Alpha E-Mount Cameras' started by Toonman, Sep 26, 2011.

  1. Toonman

    Toonman TalkEmount Rookie

    Aug 9, 2011
    Any suggestions? I like the feel and handling of the Nex5 but the Nex C3 is better specified, what shall I do??????
  2. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    Thats a tough call mate, you may want to invest a few more dollars and get the 5N. It has the feel and handling of the 5 with better features.
  3. jebuskrust

    jebuskrust TalkEmount Regular

    Sep 16, 2011
    Limassol, Cyprus
    I second that
  4. Toonman

    Toonman TalkEmount Rookie

    Aug 9, 2011
    Perhaps I should raid the piggy bank?!
  5. Travisennis

    Travisennis TalkEmount Veteran

    Aug 7, 2011
    Jasper, Indiana
    All three cameras are excellent images makers. If you can find a good deal on the NEX-5, then swoop it up. But, if I was buying now I would buy the 5N. The new sensor looks to be really amazing and it can take the optional EVF. I think those two things are worth the extra price.
  6. Poki

    Poki TalkEmount Hall of Famer

    Aug 30, 2011
    Between the NEX-5 and the C3, I would take the 5. It should be cheaper now and it's not that much worse specified - in fact better at some points, like the 1080i-movie-recording. And, in my opinion, the handling is much better, but that's down to a personal preference.

    If money isn't that much of an object for you and if it's not much more than 200 USD more expensive than the NEX-5, get the NEX-5N. You'll quickly appreciate it's faster autofocus and more future proof specifications, not to forget the new Sensor, which is better in low light. The touchscreen is just a toy, for that matter, but well, we all like toys, don't we? ;) 
  7. Giovanni Battisti

    Giovanni Battisti New to TalkEmount

    Sep 29, 2011
    Rome, Italy
    Video (yes or no)?

    The main differences are in video performance, iso performance and in the monitor.
    If you are not interested in video, the C3 is (a little) lighter and smaller.

  8. Armanius

    Armanius TalkEmount Regular

    Aug 8, 2011
    Houston Texas USA
    You really should hold both cameras and check out the ergonomics. A lot of people like the squarish grip of the 5 and 5N. I originally bought both the 3 and 5, and kept the 3, because I felt like the 3's flatter but wider grip fit my long and skinny fingers better. I recently bought the 5N, and was reminded of why I didn't like the grip of the 5. So I'm returning the 5N, even though the IQ is slightly better than the 3 (and 5).
  9. Toonman

    Toonman TalkEmount Rookie

    Aug 9, 2011
    I like the grip on the 5 better than the the 3 as I have to stretch my shutter finger for the 3 whereas the 5 is a dream to hold.
  10. Armanius

    Armanius TalkEmount Regular

    Aug 8, 2011
    Houston Texas USA
    If you like the 5 better, than go for it. But perhaps, if you wait a little bit longer, the prices may go down even more as more and more 5 owners upgrade to either the 5N or the 7.

    The difference in IQ between the C3 and 5 is probably not as important than how the camera feels in your hand, IMO.
  11. Toonman

    Toonman TalkEmount Rookie

    Aug 9, 2011
    So, an update. I went for the NEX C3. It liked the handling and the picture quality is amazing compared to mt M4/3 camera.
    Any tips on settings etc?
  12. Amin Sabet

    Amin Sabet Administrator

    Aug 6, 2011
    I too went for the C3 (but kept my M4/3). As for settings, I didn't that I had to make many changes.

    Under Setup, I set "Custom Key Setings" as follows:
    • Left key setting: ISO
    • Right key setting: Autofocus area
    • Soft key B setting: Autofocus mode
    • Soft key C setting: Shoot mode
    That puts pretty much everything I need a dial turn or button press or two away.
  13. Toonman

    Toonman TalkEmount Rookie

    Aug 9, 2011
    I feel feel the NEX get a bit of bad press regarding not having quick access to main commands like iso etc. I find that the custom button setup is great. really pleased and a great companion for my Nikon D3100.
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