Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Sony Alpha NEX-5

IN OUR shootout, we went out in the field and tested the Olympus E-PL1, the Panasonic Lumix GF1 and the Sony Alpha NEX-5 in a typical outdoor situation, recording stills and videos.
Each camera was tested by shooting nearly identical images and videos and then the results were eyeballed together on the same colour- calibrated monitor.
All three cameras performed reasonably well in terms of ease of use, although each takes a different approach to how common settings are accessed.
For example, while the NEX-5 takes a more minimalist approach (which means going through a lot of menus), the Panasonic GF1 has a lot of settings mapped to physical buttons (which results in quick access but may be confusing to some).
The Olympus hits the best balance however - although largely menu-driven, access to important settings requires only one or two button presses to get to and on top of that, the camera's iAuto mode allows even a novice to manipulate advanced settings without having to understand the technical terms.
In terms of usability, the E-PL1 has the best balance, although advanced photographers may appreciate the GF1's multi-button system for quicker access.

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