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Old Mar 29, 2012, 11:23 AM
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Sony Nex5n, how does it compare to my Nikon D5100. It's too heavy for my hexacopter

Hello,
I have a Nikon D5100 I just got 4 months ago and was hoping to be able to use it on my DJI F550 but it's too heavy.

I'm going to sell it and get the Sony Nex5n if it is comparable to my Nikon.

Also curious if anyone is interested in purchasing it if it's as good as my Nikon.
This is the exact kit I have in new condition.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...uctsInCategory
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Old Mar 29, 2012, 01:19 PM
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Get the NEX-5n... you will not be dissappointed. I own a D5000 and a NEX-5n and the 5n has eqaul if not better image quality. The D5100 has a better sensor than the D5000 but they ar close. For AP this is the camera IMO waaayyyy lighter and just as good

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Hello,
I have a Nikon D5100 I just got 4 months ago and was hoping to be able to use it on my DJI F550 but it's too heavy.

I'm going to sell it and get the Sony Nex5n if it is comparable to my Nikon.

Also curious if anyone is interested in purchasing it if it's as good as my Nikon.
This is the exact kit I have in new condition.

http://www.costco.com/Browse/Product...uctsInCategory
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Old Mar 29, 2012, 02:02 PM
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Sensor size conparision:
Nikon
23.6 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor

Sony
23.4 x 15.6 mm Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor

same sensor..... so with the D51000 you are getting physical controls (much better than the menu of the nex-5n) and a lens system that has many high quality lens kits available.

other than that they are basically the same

the real knocks on the Nex-5n is the clicking when recording (audio), which if your has it can be sent in to be fixed (free)... and the menu system (lack of physical controls).

the menu is a PITA compared to a DSL... i owned a D5000 and it was simple to change ISO, F stops and focus.... with the Nex-5n it like 5 clicks for each (there are soft buttons that can be programmed for some help)


also the lack of a hot shoe or hot shoe adapter is a bummer for me.... not because i want to mount a flash, but perhaps a wireless trigger or to mount a real microphone... which leads to the next negative...

there is not a line in on the nex-5n

but for the purpose of a AP rig those negatives can be overlooked since it weights slightly more than a gopro (16mm lens kit)

there is a lot of info here and at aplanding on the nex-5n.... you should search around a little
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Old Mar 29, 2012, 02:15 PM
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Thank you very much for the reply.
I thought it does have a hot shoe for a flash, at least that's what I read.
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Old Mar 29, 2012, 02:47 PM
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Thank you very much for the reply.
I thought it does have a hot shoe for a flash, at least that's what I read.
it has a propitiatory connection not a real hot shoe

and there is a cold shoe adapter
http://www.bhphotovideo.com/bnh/cont...Search&ci=1&Q=
http://jtec-online.com/coldshoe.html

but no hot shoe

I am looking at the Zoom H4n to use for sound capture rather than buying the propitiatory stupid mic for the nex-5n that is 1/2 the cost..
http://www.zzounds.com/item--ZOMH4N
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Old Mar 29, 2012, 02:50 PM
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Cool,
Thanks for those links.
Hopefully I can sell the Nikon and get this Sony.
I just want a lighter camera anyways, I know I'd carry it around more often and get great pictures instead of my crappy cell phone pictures.
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Old Mar 29, 2012, 03:04 PM
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yeah, i went to AZ last weekend for spring training and my carry on bag use to be a D5000 + HP DM4z 14" notebook and after a couple days walking around wit hit my back would hurt....

now my carry on is my nex-5n and a Lenovo 12" notebook...

the weight savings and smaller volume is very nice when traveling... and i find that I (a complete novice in photog) get better pictures with my nex than the D5000

my iphone 4s take nice enough pictures, but I find my self using my nex way more often than my iphone and the D5000 was so large that I was using my iphone most of the time...
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Old Mar 30, 2012, 01:16 AM
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Thanks,
I think I'm 99.9% getting the Nex5n. Buy more expensive once and not worry about it anymore. Unless it comes falling out of the sky.

Now I just need to sell the D5100.
I can't wait to get the Sony.
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Old Mar 30, 2012, 01:43 AM
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Good choice. I always understood the Nex 5n is pretty much where its at right now for video in that size.... but if it's still only we are talking about, the playing field is much wider and harder to pick a winner. For stills, to be perfectly honest, I'd start with finding a superb optic, say 24.. or at the minimum 28mm (35mm equivilent) and working backwards to find a body that suits it. I mean, you can even get a Leica lens to fit so many cameras these days via adaptors... but I'm betting most of us want a light, compact quality lens... so checking the reviews is a good place to start.

However, for video, often the kit lens is great as you do have some focal lenght options right there in the kit lens, and optically, it is a little more forgiving than pixel peeping at a still image.... I'd take the Nex.... if you do stills later, the good lenses for the Sony range will eventually be produced.
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Old Mar 30, 2012, 01:55 AM
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PS - I had my 5100 right up there in my own octo... can't say I enjoyed that too much.. The weight penalty is noticable, even tho it's a pretty light DSLR.... save yourself the hassle - the kit lens on the Nikon is not very good at all - but not horrid for the price - but I kept it for a knock about lens. I'd rather have a lighter body and better optics personally. I sold my 5100. I'll get another DSLR for ground photography but a better one. I only purchased the 5100 for the weight. The 7000 is way better if you want features for pro type photography and ergonomics. But the 5100 sensor is way good!
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 01:24 AM
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Thanks guys, I sold the D5100 locally for $800 so I didn't have to pay any PayPal or eBay fees so it worked out great.
Can't wait to get my new Sony Nex5n tomorrow.

Thanks everyone
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 01:40 AM
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nice work! This is what you have to look forward to (my first day getting it in the air other than in front of my house










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Old Mar 31, 2012, 01:42 AM
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Can't wait, BUT I'm scared that if something happens to the hexa, the camera is going to fall out of the sky.
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 01:49 AM
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I don't care what the trend is in mounts... I always protect every camera I fly in either a compete plastic protective housing/box or with epp soundinging. It has saved an expensive camera more than once.... you have to get used to the idea that your mount will have to be bigger to accomodate that fact, plus you are not going to win any beauty awards (but you can design protective housing nicely) - you wont regret it. One impact on your lens, your camera and lens will be ruined. Get something like a tupperware container, line it, cut/melt holes for cables, good to go. You might even survive a complete outage from a height with that setup.
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Old Mar 31, 2012, 01:51 AM
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yu can see two of my sistema protective boxes here: http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showt...0#post19920763
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