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Postby agp » Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:10 pm

I'm thinking about getting a new camera. I know I don't want a DSLR because of its size.. So that leaves me with MILC and regular point-n-shoot. My question is, how much better is MILC compared to some of the higher-end point-n-shoot cameras? Is it worth the extra money and space?

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Postby im_mr_awesome » Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:26 pm

The larger sensor is what makes the difference in image quality. I'd go for a Micro 4/3 camera from Olympus or my preferred option: Nikon's 1 series cameras. The difference is substantial and entirely worth the slight increase in price and bulk over a point and shoot.

I don't have samples from this type of camera, but I am a semi-pro who shoots with DX format cameras, and the Nikon 1 series produces images with at least 85% the quality. They are definitely worth it.
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Postby agp » Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:29 pm

Sony's NEX series have a lot of good reviews, what are your thoughts on those compared to Nikon/Olympus?
How much better are MILC compared to point-n-shoot in night/low light conditions? The main reason I want to ditch my point-n-shoot is because of its poor performance at night.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 3:35 pm

Sony NEX series are great.

I have purchased, sold and used most of them. My current is the NEX7.

The camera is portable, quick and provides excellent results.
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Postby agp » Sat Jun 01, 2013 4:27 pm

What about the 5's? I was thinking about getting those instead of the 7's. I think of the two, the 5 will be better as a first MILC.

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Postby Z06Biker » Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:31 pm

And let's not forget that one of the key benefits of a MILC over a point-and-shoot is, as the eponymous name suggests, the ability to change out your lenses. This is HUGE. Not only is the lens just as important (and in some cases, even more so) than the camera body and sensor itself, but also provides the ability to take DSLR-quality images because of the focal lengths, different depths-of-field and ability to shoot in ultra low-light conditions depending on your camera's T/F-stop (extremely helpful and necessary if your camera is able to shoot faster than 24fps, aka slo-mo).

On the note of video, some lenses additionally provide auto-stabilization technology, which is very helpful if/when shooting video.

To me, if it's a choice between point-and-shoot and MILC, then it's MILC, no question about it.
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Postby t528491 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 5:59 pm

Yeah, definitely go for a micro 4/3rd's camera. You won't regret it. I personally use the Panasonic GH2. It takes AMAZING video and is really unmatched in that price range. Of course, if photos are your only priority, Olympus probably has slightly better offerings.
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Postby im_mr_awesome » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:27 pm

For just photos, Nixon is your best bet, as there's an easy converter allowing use of Nikkor lenses on the 1 series bodies. That's fantastic because my Nikkors are awesome.

Olympus has fantastic lenses for the dslrs, but I have little experience with the 4/3 lenses. I know their in body stabilization is really good.

The interchangeable lens cameras will be better than the point and shoots in all regards. The P&S cameras cannot compete in any meaningful way.
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Postby djrez4 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 9:44 pm

im_mr_awesome wrote:For just photos, Nixon is your best bet


I hear he's pretty good at audio recording, too.

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Postby FastSRT8 » Sat Jun 01, 2013 11:04 pm

I've got a bunch of really expensive Glass from my DSLR days. I am just waiting for Nikon to come up with a high megapixel full frame point and shoot that accepts my glass and I'm switching.....

im_mr_awesome wrote:For just photos, Nixon is your best bet, as there's an easy converter allowing use of Nikkor lenses on the 1 series bodies. That's fantastic because my Nikkors are awesome.

Olympus has fantastic lenses for the dslrs, but I have little experience with the 4/3 lenses. I know their in body stabilization is really good.

The interchangeable lens cameras will be better than the point and shoots in all regards. The P&S cameras cannot compete in any meaningful way.
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