Photography is one of my hobbies as some may be able to tell due to the pictures I've uploaded on the site. My camera of choice is a Nikon D7000 and I'm hoping I'll someday be able to have enough disposable income (or to be able to come up with a really creative way to justify the expense) to purchase something like a D800E (or whatever is the new equivalent once I have the dough for it).
Anyway, as much as I love my D7000, and I really do enjoy carrying it around, it is a bit difficult to be subtle while holding a DSLR with a battery grip installed. With that in mind, I did some research into mirrorless camera systems, or EVIL (Electronic Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens) cameras as some call them and finally settled on the NEX-6 as my most likely culprit. I was also interested in the NEX-7 but ultimately decided I'd rather have a real shooting mode dial on top than the three navigational dials. I also read nice things about its autofocusing system.
Anyway, I've been using it for a week now, mostly on simple pet and child photos as I haven't had a choice to take it outside yet what with work and some other things going on in my life right now and I must say that I am impressed by this little imaging beast!
Yes, there are a lot of compromises to be made when moving from what many consider to be a pro-level DSLR (while it's not full frame, the D7000 is full of bells and whistles and many pros recommend it as a backup APS-C body to compliment a full frame Nikon) to a more consumer-oriented mirrorless ILC the NEX-6 offers great quality and is for the most part a lot of fun to use! I also look forward to appear in many more photos as the smaller NEX-6 is far less intimidating than the D7000!
So far I must say that I love the small size for the quality and the focus peaking feature. I also really dig the potential from the apps framework. The ISO performance is really impressive too. I'm not too in love with the focus system as it's not nearly as accurate nor as quick as the D7000's but it works. It's not easy to shift the selected autofocus point though - that is possibly the only true issue I have with it now. Battery life is also a big disappointment. Companies can fit a 2300 mAh battery in a 9mm cellphone, but the thick chunky brick that is the NEX-6 battery a bit less than half that capacity! Quite a setback. Anyway, it can be charged via micro-USB on the camera itself so that helps and as usual, I got a spare battery to keep it alive.
Anyway, once I am able to take some interesting shots with the NEX-6 I'll do some uploads with it as well. It's definitely not replacing my D7000 but it should help in having a high quality camera with me much more often, which is very important at the end of the day.