Just got back from a business trip to San Jose. I didn’t want to take my DSLR (Canon 7D with battery grip). My buddy left me his Sony NEX-5. he’s buying a newer version. At first I was really dismissive about using anything that’s not a full sized DLSR but I have to say that I’m impressed. I was able to set the camera on full manual, turn the autofocus off, three shooting modes ( Raw, Raw + Jpeg and Jpeg). The only real word against this cam would be the ulta slow kit lens ( 18-55mm 3.5 - 5.6) that came with the body. I can’t talk about the HD video function as I didn’t use it. Below are some samples.