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.
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.
Summary: i really like this camera mainly because the photos are very good looking. its so much more compact than a big dslr and thats mainly why i bought it. i just wish the shutter button was faster, its not as slow as cheap cameras but not as fast a big dslr. it takes time to learn the settings but once u get the hang of it the results are amazing. this camera is for people who want professional looking pics without the hassle of carrying around a heavy camera.
Excerpt: An interchangeable lens rangefinder-ish camera with a modern Sony sensor? Yes please, I thought. Have had it a year now and what it does, it does well. I'm still finding new features. It's also the first camera that made me feel redundant as a photographer. JPEGs are excellent to the point I rarely need worry about RAW, the HDR and Panoramic functions are pure gold, low-light capability constantly surprises me.
Excerpt: I started using old M42-mount lenses with my Sony A100. Then I used an A350 that I modified to use a dual-split screen to make focus easier. However, my old Minolta Rokkor lenses couldn't focus to infinity without an adapter that had IQ-destroying glass elements in it. The micro 4/3 cameras never seemed viable -- I like wide angles, and a 2X crop makes no old glass very wide. Then came the NEX-5, which I've been using for a year now.