A really solid camera. I debated between this and ...
3 September 2014
Summary: A really solid camera. I debated between this and the Nex 5 and 6 as well as some other for a while. I opted for the least expensive model because I know from experience that I won't use a camera that doesn't fit in my pocket very often. The reason it lost a star is because the shutter is rather loud, even for a camera of this type.
Summary: This camera goes everywhere with me, its cheap enough, small enough, and works well enough to get the shots I dont plan for. I have 3 other cameras I will purposely take before this one, but this one has given me the chance at some wonderful pics just because it is there, also the shots I can manage from this little guy have received praise. best camera is the one you have with you, and this camera is there in times of need.
TL;DR - Fantastic micro 4/3 camera. Gives DSLRs a run for their money.
6 July 2014
Summary: For the form factor (as a micro 4/3 system) the overall value for the money is amazing. the size and weight are also excellent, lending to the form factor and mirrorless system. picture quality was on par but not superior to my old Nikon D3000 DSLR, and since it's not a premium camera it's not exactly feature laden. the kit lens is excellent, even though it isn't zeiss like most sony cameras. the odd daisy chain method of attaching the camera strap is kind of dumb.
Summary: Camera is small and light-weight, good for hiking & nature photography. Excellent macro. Stabilization is excellent even when zooming in movie mode. However in movie mode the zoom mechanism is very loud and can be heard on the video. Also both pictures and videos are a little dark even in open sunlight.
Take some pretty amazing pictures for such a tiny camera.
11 June 2014
Summary: Awesome camera to take hiking and just everywhere you don't want to lug your big dslr. Takes amazing photos, although you do have to double check the focus at times. Not really an action camera although I have achieved some great shots at a local baseball game. The camera feels solid in the hands, but a bit small for a 6' male. The lcd is beautiful, but if you shoot in bright light often you might consider the nex6 for the built in viewfinder.
Great DSLR replacement now at a very attractive price
Rowan Wing, Amazon
22 May 2014
Summary: There are many reviews out there, so I will try to highlight what the other reviews do not cover. I have been using this camera for 2 months now, and it has a lot of cool features... This is probably one of the best choices for people looking for dslr image quality in a super compact size with the 16-50 kit lens and super affordable, with great auto modes and advanced manual features as well.
Summary: The price for this camera with the 16-50 was just too good to pass up. 300.00 was such a deal. I use this for concerts as usually can take it in as a point and shoot. The large sensor is perfect for no flash pictures. The build is great but no magnesium or metal body but still super solid. What are the negatives? There are very little to no customization for the camera. You have to pick menu options as they are and that'a about it.
Summary: This is a great camera for new photographers looking to get more serious about their hobby. I love the size and look of the camera; It's light and slim enough to take hiking (I have even carried biking and skiing) but takes amazing pictures. Biggest complaint is the view screen- hard to see on sunny days because of glare. Also, can be a little slow between shots. So far, I'm very glad I bought this camera.
Summary: This camera has a ton of features, it does take some time to learn all the functions. One thing I really liked is that the description is on view screen for each function that you scroll to so you don't have to get the manual out to look everything up.
Summary: First, I highly recommend this camera for someone who likes Auto, I-Auto, or Superior Auto, or any of those automatic modes. Sony does a good job in those modes. Sony's stitch panorama is the best of any maker. Fuji is a close second. I wouldn't recommend this (or any NEX) to someone who likes to shoot in Aperture Priority or likes to customize their camera. Here's why: 1. Sony's NEX menus are terrible - Seriously.