I've not had a camera for like 10 years because I always ended up frustrated with the motion blur and crappy low light/flash performance you get from point and shoot compacts, but I decided to get a decent entry level SLR to take overseas. It had to be portable and light but still capable of nice images and some basic level of manual control for aperture, shutter speed, iso, lenses etc. Ended up getting a Sony NEX-5 with 16mm and 18-55mm lens kit on the weekend and so far I love the little thing. People with full size DSLRs and 'prosumers' reckon the UI is crap and not enough manual control but its pretty perfect for a noob like me with only a bare level of knowledge. People also seem really divided on the looks, some think its ugly and silly looking having a big lens on a tiny camera, I think it looks awesome.
I spent some of the day playing around with settings and features. It takes pretty awesome low light night shots without a flash due to the SLR sized sensor. Also does some neat stuff like on the fly panorama stiching. Just point somewhere, hold down the button and sweep in one direction up to 220 degrees and in about 3 seconds it turns all the shots into a single large picture. Heres one I just took off my balcony. Theres a few little blurry bits on some of the more detailed parts of the image, but that was a one off shot with zero level of care, I just walked outside, pressed butan, turned it sideways, then came back inside. I reckon it has great potential for shooting landscapes.
It has a bunch of auto settings for various picture types, like the 'macro' setting for automatic arty close-up focus with blurred background (Bokeh) shots for food and insects, shit like that. Heres a random pic of my coffee, once again, no real effort to stabalise the shot, just one handed point and shoot without even checking any settings.
Pretty crappy shots but there is some definite potential there that you dont get in a standard compact camera.
Oh yeah, it also does 1080i HD video. Fucking sweet little camera.
Last edited by Ralphie on Feb 6th, 2011, 9:06 pm, edited 3 times in total.