Sony NEX-C3 review at Luminous Landscape - Gadgets?

An excellent review of the NEX-C3 at Luminous Landscape.

Written from a Photographers perspective.

"Unless and until one memorizes where a certain setting is to be found, it's a matter of hunting. Other cameras (including those from Sony) have menu sections branching from a common interface, making finding what one is looking for much more intuitive.
Overall I find the NEX interface to be the least friendly and most unintuitive of any current camera. It neither aids the beginner not comforts the more advanced user."

"The real difference between cameras of similar price and feature set lies in their usability. This isn't something that beginners care to hear, but it's what many advanced photographers eventually end up regarding as being of greatest importance – assuming that basic IQ is there. If the camera is difficult to use it really doesn't matter that it scores 2 points higher than another on DxO Mark. It's simply not going to get the shot, or if it does it won't be all that enjoyable to use."

Do check it out. As ever its a good read and good sense. 


Yesterday Xaos posted this comment - 
"time is passing by and we are getting gadgets not the useful tools"

The more I thought about this, the more I think that its true. Whether its because we now have huge electronics companies making cameras or whether the market is changing, I don't know, but a few cameras I've used recently seem to be more focused on the technology than actually on making them useful photographic tools. Both the Sony NEX and Panasonic GF2's I had, felt that way to me. 

I suspect this has something to do with the fact that I seem to like having a DSLR around, despite my concerns about the size and weight. The Nikon D5100 certainly is a pleasure to use, with its simple well-designed menus and well-laid out controls. I'm also having a real problem with EVF's currently, of which more later. 

There's an interesting sentence in the Michael Reichmann review:-
"I've been reading recently that there is strong consumer push-back in the US against 3D movies and TVs, even though all the major studios and TV makers are flogging 3D relentlessly. I see a parallel between 3D and all the gizmology built into some recent cameras. Why is it there? Because it's just firmware, and firmware is less expensive to implement in the feature wars than hardware."

Interesting. Maybe there will be a "Campaign for real cameras" soon. Personally I don't want an iPod that takes pictures or something similar. I'm serious about photography and I want a camera that takes that seriously and doesn't try to impress me with its "tricks". I also want it to be big enough so that I can actually grip it, operate it and use it for its primary function, taking pictures. Whether or not it has a bluetooth connection to my toaster is irrelevant!