I want a camera that will take pictures in any room of the house no matter what the lighting is or outside. My Olympus is just not that camera. It was an inexpensive point and shoot that just isn't cutting it.
So when I saw the Yahoo post about a new Sony camera, I had to go and check it out... It didn't pass my inspection at Best Buy. I'm sure it was an awesome camera but they didn't have it in the store to look at and even if they did, it was almost twice what I was willing to pay (less than $500) They did have an earlier version of that camera but it didn't have this cool flip out viewing screen feature that you can take a picture with the camera pointed down and you can still see what you're taking pictures of. No more random shots, hoping everything is in frame! Sooo. that camera was out.
Hubby thought certainly that can't be right. He said I did not have all the settings identical in the camera so after fiddling with the settings and making sure they were as equal as could be, I retook my sample pictures. I let him be the judge. He said there was no comparison and there really isn't.
I've included a few pictures here of the difference between the two. Yes, that is my horribly messy craft room. It was messy before I rearranged furniture and it is still messy. I've been too busy quilting and crocheting to take the time to clean it up just yet. It will get done in time. It's just not a high priority for me right now.
For someone who sells patterns online, pictures are crucial. I don't have a fancy permanent photo studio. Yes, it's more than I really wanted to spend but it's an investment in my business.
So that's my side by side comparison and review. Sony Nex 5 blows away the Nikon Coolpix 830 in every picture I took. For me, it's worth the extra $300 to have something that will work the way I want it to work.