At the end of summer I was looking for a replacement for my old Nikon D200. I wanted something small that I could always have with me with RAW and decent video capabilities (manual exposure, full 1080p). Rumours were that there will be no new DSLR cameras from Nikon (no D300s or D700 replacements). Leica M9 had no video capabilities as if the price was not an obstacle for me.
There was also rumours of Nikon’s new mirrorless camera, but when the time progressed there was more and more evidence that it will have smaller sensor size and inferior video capabilities.
In august Sony presented it’s small mirrorless camera Sony NEX-5N. I knew the NEX system from before as I was using a FS100 video camera for a few months (Sony NEX-FS100 first impressions, FS100 best accessory, FS100 after three months of use).
I specially liked the option for using various amounts of different lenses with help of adapters and 1080p 50fps slow motion. After hearing lots of positive reviews on twitter and some blogs (especially eoshd.com) I decided that I will buy one. I ordered it on Amazon (DE, UK) with 16mm f/2.8 lens and a spare battery. I wanted to have at least one AF lens that I could also use for photographing my one year old. Size of the package is also perfect for that as you can have it on you all the time.
So I preordered the camera and waited and in less than a week they send it to me.
You can see some candid shots I did on a first photo walk with the camera the day I go it.