Hi everyone, I'm pleased to announce I've finally completed my full review of the NEX-3 and NEX-5!
Sony Alpha NEX-3 / NEX-5 review
I realise the review is a bit late compared to many. Sony NZ has been a bit slow at supplying new models to test. But the plus side is this meant I got to test a final production NEX-5 running the latest firmware - and this also gave me a chance to test the new 3D capabilities. Suffice it to say I've also provided a detailed report on the HHT and AMB modes.
I should also note I've spent several weeks exclusively testing the NEX-5 and writing this report, because the more I used it, the more I felt it was one of the most important and exciting cameras I've tested. Indeed what started as a brief report has turned into the longest and most detailed review I've written to date - it's over 20,000 words long.
Yep, that's right, I actually liked it. This is in some contrast to some other reports you'll have read. This could be due to a variety of factors.
Initially I did find it frustrating to use, but as I completed my tests and started using it as a normal photographer, I found it quite usable. What's frustrating for camera reviewers when they're testing might not be as frustrating during normal use for many photographers. Now don't get me wrong, it may not suit everyone, but the laborious user interface may not be as bad as you think. See my review for full details.
Some reports have been with early samples, running older firmware. My sample was final production, updated to firmware version 2.
Maybe I also got on with it because I was a previous owner of several Sony F-series Cyber-shots, so the unique L shape felt familiar.
Either way I really enjoyed my time with the NEX-5. Check out my review for the full sotry - and please do take the time to read it all because many of the comments you may have heard or read about it have been addressed throughout.
Let me know what you think,