There is also a Canon EOS60D with a Tamron 18-270 mm Di-II f3.5-6.3 lens in our arsenal. That camera has settings that are easily accessed and understood. I really wish Sony would emulate them in this respect – no, not copy, but find a way, à la Dieter Rams’ 10 design principles, to sensibly access the current sets of adjustments without having to delve into a labyrinth of menus. Sony took a leap at the “less” but not the “better” of his design philosophy. A great pity.
The Canon is a classic camera with all the functions where you’d expect them in a quite large body. The Sony NEX-5 body on the other hand is unexpectedly small and powerful with the caveat of menu maze with little or no hope of escape, whereby the Sony 18-200mm f3.5-6.3 lens underlies the laws of physics and is necessarily large.
On a practical level I like both cameras for different reasons; the EOS60D for its ease of use, quick action-shot settings and its speed of operation, the NEX-5 for its lightness, small size and general handiness and constant live view – except of course the setting labyrinth which does spoil the overall functionality.
If I’m going to take a series of action shots I prefer the biggish EOS60D as the settings are so much easier, and especially quicker, to find and manipulate.
I love carrying the NEX-5 around as it’s light, but even after some time with it I’m never quite sure if I have the right settings for the shot about to be taken, especially on the spur of the moment…
My conclusions are: NEX-5 makes good shots, but an insecure shooter. The EOS60D ensures good shots and shooter confidence, but tired arms and neck. I don’t think getting a bigger bag, finding a suitable binocular harness and/or lifting weights is the real answer here either.