As the owner of a Sony NEX camera myself, I can personally attest to the amazing shots this compact camera is capable of. The WiFi-enabled Alpha NEX-5R ($750, with 18-55mm lens) is a best value because, under $1,000, it packs all the power of a DSLR without the weight or the bulk. Unlike a DSLR, there's no viewfinder, but a large, tilt-able high-quality back display makes up for that.
The lenses are interchangeable, which should make even the most serious photographers happy, and the built-in WiFi allows users to download creative image-editing apps.
The nitty-gritty technical stuff:
- 16.1MP APS-C sensor
- 10 frames-per-second shooting
- Fast hybrid auto-focus phase detection
- 1080p HD movies at 24 or 60 frames per second
- 3-inch LCD touchscreen
- 4.4 x 2.4 x 1.6 inches