1) Small size
2) Price point
3) Awesome auto mode
1) Video only shoots 720
2) Pricey adapter to use Alpha lenses
I just sold my Canon 30d because I felt as if it was starting to show its age compared to the new generation of DLSRs. I also wanted a camera that was more compact but had the flexibility and advanced settings of my 30d. I got really tired of carrying ... Read full review
I just sold my Canon 30d because I felt as if it was starting to show its age compared to the new generation of DLSRs. I also wanted a camera that was more compact but had the flexibility and advanced settings of my 30d. I got really tired of carrying my 5 pound camera bag everywhere just to shoot a few pics and found myself shooting more and more with my smart phone. (I just shoot for fun) I looked at several high end point and shoot cameras online but felt as if a simple p&s would limit my creativity. I ventured into my local Best Buy and stumbled upon the Olympus e-p1 but the salesperson kept trying to sell me a Canon Powershot s90. Best Buy did not have a working model of the Olympus and the salesperson didn't know anything about cameras and could not answer my questions. I went to Wolf Camera and played with a working e-p1 and was quite unimpressed with the working model (it feels cheap). The salesperson then handed me a Sony Nex 5 and I was completely blown away by it. Unfortunately It was a little out of my price range because I was planning on getting an extra lens and a nice memory card along with all the little extras that come with buying a new camera. That's when he showed me the Nex 3 which is essentially the same as the Nex 5 but with a plastic body so I bought it with the 18-55 and the 16. I love everything about the Nex 3. The lcd screen on the Nex 3 is absolutely beautiful and I really like tilt function. The previous reviewer (3 stars) stated that the auto shoot mode did not work for them but it works perfectly for me. My Nex 3 auto corrects white balance perfectly and shoots in low light like a champ without fiddling with the "pro" settings. It has a night shot mode that I played around with and got some awesome shots in almost complete darkness. PC Mag rated this camera a 4.5 and is an Editor's Choice. This camera feels like the future of DSLRs. My Canon 30d seems like a bloated, overweight whale compared to my new Nex 3.