Panasonic Lumix LX-5 vs. Sony A6000 (and SDR Technology)

Fall Color Near Granby, Colorado – Lumix LX-5

I brought two cameras with me on our Western States adventure and vacation. This first photo was taken with an old Lumix LX-5, which came out in 2010. It is a 10 mp camera, with a fixed Leica 24 – 90 mm lens and a Micro 4/3rds sensor. It was taken with ISO 80 and 1/1000 sec. f/5.6 12.8mm

Fall Color Near Granby, Colorado – Sony A6000

The A6000 came out in 2014, an it is an 24 mp camera with removable lenses and a APS-C sensor. This photo was taken with 1/400 sec. f/9 55mm and ISO 100. I have two Sony lenses – they were not expensive and just OK. I have had better lenses, but the A6000 kit that I purchased was a good deal when I bought it years ago. I did purchase a nicer 35mm fixed “prime” lens – but that is best for close up shots and not landscapes – its better for wider angle city shots.

One thing that is obvious is that for blogging, both cameras work just fine. For that matter, a smart phone camera works well. Some people like to use a camera for “Vlogging” or Video Blogging. I don’t and could care a less about video. I guess its like FT8 – its cool, but not my thing.

One thing that I find interesting is that when you read about the latest cameras in these classes (inexpensive but good bang for the buck) point and shoot cameras for the “enthusiast” – is that not a whole heck of a lot has changed since either of these came out.

It could be like SDR radios – once we get to a certain point – the specs just don’t matter much any more. What you would pay extra for is no longer worth the higher “latest and greatest” prices. Here is an equivalent Ham Radio gear compare – an older Flex radio – like the 6000 would be a step up from my Elecraft KX-3, and you can almost get one for the same price as a new KX-3. Part of this is that I am now enjoying controlling my radio using Win4K3Suite and no longer a slave to knobs on a radio – although for going portable, the KX-3 wins hands down – the Flex does not offer that unless you purchase outboard gear – so I’ll stick with the KX-3.

When you think of it – a lot of the features that they add to electronic toys is nonsense – and “non-features”. Its like software that becomes “bloatware” – more is definitely not better. Less really is more at some point.

If I had my way – I’d go for a digital camera that concentrates on still photography only and shift any savings towards a new lens. With radios – money spent on an antenna trumps buying a radio with features you will never use.

 

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