Well today I finally got my hands on the Sony NEX-5. This is not going to be a review, I am sure you have read many already, just a few first impressions.
The big advantage of the Sony is the size of its sensor, as its APS-C, its the largest sensor yet fitted to an EVIL camera. Yet its the smallest interchangeable large sensor compact yet released.
I have to admit, it does look odd with the oversized 18-55mm lens it comes with, but it does feel surprisingly good in the hand. The ergonomics are surprisingly good, and I was certainly expecting worse. While not as pocketable as a ‘normal’ small sensor compact, it would certainly fit in a large jacket pocket.
With the size of the sensor, I would hope a few nice wide angles soon appear. This is an area where Sony potentially have an advantage over micro four thirds, but currently the lens selection is limited compared to the micro four thirds system.
The controls were reasonable and certainly much better then I expected from reading other reviews.
The biggest issue I find is the lack of a true viewfinder. I want a camera with a proper viewfinder, so once again the camera that still leads the pack for me is the Panasonic GF-1, as at least it has an optional EVF.
Chris Bennett has recently purchased the two lens NEX-5 kit, and I am sure a a true review will be appearing soon on his photography blog.
As you can see the quality is easily as good as any of the current DSLR’s.