Nikon or Sony??
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29-10-09, 09:25 AM
Join Date: Jul 2009
I'll get in here before anyone else does. Also, up front I will say I shoot with Nikon.
Now... there isn't a right answer. The range of accessories, including lenses, is better with the Nikon but you can mount lots of old Minolta lenses onto the Sony. I am also not a fan of the latest generation of Sony ergonomics - especially in the cheaper models which feel flimsy and plasticy.
If you are a big fan of live view the Sony could be your better option as it has a much more clever autofocus system when in live view mode compared to the Nikon (which has a more normal system) and the Sony should be faster and more accurate. Also, the screen on the Sony is much higher resolution and it's larger so that's a big bonus when in live view.
On the flip side, the AF system in the Nikon is superb when not in live view mode. I've got a D90 and it's the same system in the D5000 and it's very very very impressive.
The other major difference is in the method used for image stabilisation. With the Sony you get it built into the camera. With Nikon you'd have to buy VR lenses if you wanted image stabilisation. I've used cameras with both systems and personally I prefer the in lens system as you can see it working but both systems work and the in camera system of the Sony means you don't have to shell out extra for stabilised versions of lenses.
My advice is go to a shop, hold both, work out which offers best value for money for you and which you prefer and go with that one. The Nikon is very good, the Sony isn't out yet so we don't know at the moment, both have similar specifications, both should be around the same price. If you're really stuck buy the prettier one!
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