Summary: I actually never received this item from amazon on time for my vacation so I received a refund ($449 on lighting deals), and purchased the same thing in Japan. The camera is great although I have still yet to figure out different function. You just have to watch out on this particular item because it comes with a pancake lens (16mm). Another set comes with the 18-55mm lens that is a lot easier to use, especially with some zoom.
Excerpt: If you have ever tried to track a bird in flight using only an LCD screen and no viewfinder, you will definitely appreciate the fantastic benefits of this product. Without a viewfinder I find it difficult to spot a bird in the tree an animal in the grass et cetera, and tracking a moving object seemed nearly impossible. With this viewfinder taking photos is so much easier, especially in the bright sunlight.
Excerpt: I've wanted this viewfinder since I got the NEX 5N almost a year ago. I've been waiting for the price to drop and finally it went on sale at 25% off. Even at 25% off it still seems like a very expensive item when you see how tiny it is. However, if you want to shoot outside in the sunlight or want to try and spot a bird in a tree or track a bird in flight, it's almost a necessity.
Summary: I own a Canon 60D with a bunch of lenses and flashes. But the problem is that I don't like carrying it around all the time because it's pretty big and heavy. So I wanted something much more portable without losing too much quality. Point and shoot cameras don't satisfy me anymore so I ruled that out, so I went to these new style of cameras whose body was the size of a point and shoot, big sensors comparable to a dslr, and much smaller sized lens, not to mention the ease...
Excerpt: After the NEX3, like many others, I felt the itch for the NEX5. The magnesium build and better movie capabilities are certainly enticing, but the sleek body is a hot feature, especially for street shooting. The upgrading functionality of the NEX5 vs. the cheaper NEX3, is entirely firmware. That being said, the shutter release is definitely more quite and sturdy sounding compared to the NEX3. It is something that helps in a crowded environment.