Agree, to many uselss pieces that make it appear this is a good deal
Linda Prieskorn "avid reader", Amazon
22 May 2014
Summary: I love the camera but the reviewer who said their were toy many useless pieces hit it on the money. the things I would like to say about this deal are not allowed in a review, according to the guidelines Suffice it to say the 2 additional lens ( not the long lens) are useless.
Excerpt: Pros: This camera is very portable, and can fit in your pockets given a pancake lens. Coming from an NEX-7, the single mode select knob takes some getting used to, but does make it alot easier than flipping through the menus to select your mode. The quality of the images produce were excellent, renders colors nicely. This is a great camera for landscapes. The evf is great as well. No lag. and what you see is what you get.
Pros: Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD
Cons: Complicated Controls, Crazy Deep Menu System, Poor Image Stabilization, Poor in Low Light
Excerpt: Great Camera if you're a point and shoot type. Not adjustable enough for artists. Wi-Fi takes three technogeeks and a fifth grader to download the software and get it working. Dead battery right out of the box. B&H Photo makes it alright. Thanks to them.
Pros: Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Great Resolution, Small / Compact
Summary: The kit lens isn't impressive. You would think with that price range, the kit lens should perform better, but it doesn't and that bugs me UPDATE: 11/30/2013 After using the camera for a couple of months, I want to say that I am so far happy from its performance, especially for low light situations. I got to practice a bit with the kit lens and it seems to be taking decent quality pictures.
Summary: Since everyone's needs and expectations from a camera are different, a word about who I am. I'm what one might call a photography enthusiast. I bought my first digital camera (a 1 megapixel HP Photosmart C30, which I find absolutely hilarious now) in 1998 and my first DSLR (a Canon EOS-D60) in 2002.
Pancake zoom failed within 4 months, but body is great
Will "wt888usa", Amazon
4 June 2013
Summary: I bought this, along with the 35mm f/1.8 lens. I mostly used the 35mm, as the pancake zoom seems to be a little buggy. First of all, it takes a while to startup, as it seems to need to go through the focal range first before allowing me to use it. Also, every now and then, the lens won't startup correctly, so I have to either turn the camera off and back on, or I have to take the battery out and put it back in. I don't have this problem with the 35mm.
Summary: I'm a professional photographer and wanted a small light-weight camera as a good quality back-up. The image quality is very good but the menus have way too many silly options and you have to go through them all to finally get to what you need (like formatting the card). Also the menu is often a two-step process so selecting what you want is time-consuming. Mostly, the zoom lens is too short on the telephoto side for me.