kyleostreet, thanks for the post and i appreciate your time to sign up and write it. After a few weeks of researching and last minute buying the camera i bought the NEX F3 today. For the sake of the price difference between the other models with wi-fi, i would normally spend that bit extra. As i am traveling and the more money i can get the better. Like you said the image quality will be exactly the same.
I can't believe i only stumbled across the CSC range last week but i'm so glad i did. My next task im faced with is uploading the pictures and keeping them safe. So i suppose a nice SD extreme pro memory card and keeping it somehow backed up is something i'll just have to make the effort to do.
I fly very soon so i can't wait to start using it. I just need a nice safe case to put it in
any tips on using the camera and different scene modes, tips on shooting with the NEX send it my way and thanks again to all that posted!
It's been interesting following this thread as I'm also thinking of buying a CSC. Let us know how it goes!
Well i really have left it to the last minute and after debating whether to buy it, i'm sure i would have only looked back regretting it if i didn't. Go on the flickr website and type in NEX F3 and look at the images.
one important aspect of bridge cameras, is more noise.
noise, in digital photography, is the messy grainy pixels in the darker areas of the picture.
noise i generated by something surprisingly simple. bad circuitry:
all electrical circuits generate a magnetic field. these magnetic fields interfere with other circuitry nearby.
this interference causes random photons to fire of, causing a random discoloured pixel to apear in your photo.
in many small compact cameras, the circuitry is often very close together, and in a cheaper camera, not well mapped out.
the practical difference between the good and bad circuitry is in regards to your ISO settings:
when you increase the ISO on a digital camera, you, in effect, tell the camera to pump more current through the sensor, picking up more light, but because more current is being pumped through, more magnetic interference is created, causing noise.
thats why often a bigger camera offers better quality photos. simply because there is more room to space out the circuitry.
If its landscape photography you are interested in, i recommend a more compact camera, and keeping ISO as low as possible (<100) and bringing a travel tripod.
even a smaller, compact camera with bad circuitry can produce beautifully sharp/clear shots if you use long exposures.
but if your wanting to capture moments, due to small lens = smaller apature, you need to crank the ISO up considerably, resulting in noisy, lower quality photos.
if you have any other questions regarding camera specs feel free to message me
I used to use an Olympus OM10 film camera until the digital revolution. Now I carry a Canon 1000 (one of the smallest DSLRs) with a standard 18-55mm lens and the 75-300mm zoom lens. It's not the best camera spec but it suits what I need and it's fairly easy to carry. I have a Lowepro shoulder bag with a belt loop so the weight's carried on my hip - not too bad. I carry a small pen tripod around all the time and I have a lightweight aluminium full size tripod in my backpack. My wife carries an Olympus mu waterproof camera for snapshots.
"... noise is generated by something surprisingly simple. bad circuitry..."
Chris, sensor size is way more important (and to a lesser extent software) than "bad circuitry."