Steve;

Frustration is the word of the day. Your great, clear picture of the pelican is the source of my frustration.

I am using my NEX-5 as you know and in general the results are good except for the clarity of faces on pictures taken. They do not have the quality that I expected from this camera.

At first I thought it was because the pictures were being reviewed on my laptop.Then looking at them on the desktop monitor they are marginally better but I wanted more.

After looking at your "pelican picture" from this week column on both monitors the clarity is far superior to my results.

So the question is, is your equipment that much better than the NEX or am I not working the camera correctly?

Most of my "face" pictures are taken in the Program Auto mode and letting the camera pick the focus and metering modes.

My wife, using the Sony DSC HX5V are clearer and sharper then my results from the NEX 5.

Please review the submitted pictures and any advice you can offer will be greatly appreciated.The EXIF information should show the settings used on the cameras for each picture.

I included a couple of fun pictures just for kicks.

Thanks as always

Rick

 

Frustration is the word of the day. Your great, clear picture of the pelican is the source of my frustration.

I am using my NEX-5 as you know and in general the results are good except for the clarity of faces on pictures taken. They do not have the quality that I expected from this camera.

At first I thought it was because the pictures were being reviewed on my laptop.Then looking at them on the desktop monitor they are marginally better but I wanted more.

Most of my "face" pictures are taken in the Program Auto mode and letting the camera pick the focus and metering modes.

I included a couple of fun pictures just for kicks.

I included a couple of fun pictures just for kicks.

 My wife, using the Sony DSC HX5V are clearer and sharper then my results from the NEX 5.

 

 

Rick –

I took a look at these images and the exfil data with the camera settings.  I see a mix of issues ranging from where you could choose better settings, to camera shake.  Allow me to offer the following advice and let’s see if it helps. 

  • If you’re going for sharpness, try to use F5.6 or better.  Remember, the NEX has a APC-S sensor which is MUCH larger than a standard point and shoot, and sensor size is one of the four variables (focal length, focal distance, aperture, and sensor size) affecting depth of field.  A point and shoot like your wife’s Sony has a very small sensor, so even at a wide aperture the DOF will be much greater.  The bigger the sensor the easier it is to control DOF, the smaller the sensor the less control you have.  If you’re used to shooting a P&S with a small sensor it will take some time to adjust to a larger sensor. 
  • It appears you’re missing the focal point with your autofocus.  Try this:  With the NEX-5 use the “Flexible AF” point mode.  Then you can move the point of focus to where you want it to be in the frame.  When photographing just one person, put the focus point on their closest eye.  When photographing a group use the smallest aperture you can get away with, and put the focus point between the closest and furthest person in the group. 
  • Bracing is critical and small cameras are difficult to brace.. especially when using a LCD as a viewfinder.  As much as possible bring your elbows into your chest and not stuck out on their own, and really concentrate on being rock solid when taking the shot. 
  • Remember, the NEX-5 is not a normal P&S, even if it’s as small as one.  It has a DSLR size sensor and will require you to mind your technique.  Once you get used it the camera and what it requires from you as a operator, your pictures will look great. 

I hope this helps.  Let’s see some more after you employ these techniques!

Steve

 

HI Steve

I was interested in you review of Garmin 3790t and I'm thinking of getting one.

A friend has a Tom Tom device and found that he could down load voices of various famous people, ie film stars or cartoon characters, to make the announcements from the device.

ie Mr T says "Turn right fool."

This sounds like fun, compared to some of the boring voices that most devices have.

Do you know if Garmin have this option.

In their web site, I could only find a group of about 8 voices of cartoons that I have never heard of. Plus option to use your own or families voice. (I don't think so)

Regards

David

 

David –

The Nuvi 3790t we reviewed here is certainly the best available GPS. 

I understand the voices you’re interested in.  They would be a lot of fun.

Garmin provides a free download that lets you put your own voice on their GPS’s, and I suppose there is probably a site somewhere that lets people share these voices.. but I’m not aware of it. 

There are a number of commercial sites that sell Garmin voices, but this is one area where tom-tom excels.  There seems to be a lot more voices for tom-tom units available. 

Check out this link. ,you’ll find some links to commercial sites and a lot of good information on voices for Garmin units. 

I hope this helps

Steve

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