I seem to have a never ending quest for a compact, DSLR quality camera as a carry almost anywhere companion. My main cameras are a Hassy H4D-50 and Sony A900 - not compact!
I have been through or looked at several compact and semi compact options, and the Nex 5 seems to be the best so far. So I purchased one and have not been disappointed, particularly at high ISO.
The lens I really want - a 35mm equivalent (in full frame) fast prime - is not available and the 16mm is frankly too wide at about 28mm equivalent in full frame as a walkabout lens. Nonetheless the kit lens is of reasonable quality.
Here are a few of shots taken so far:
First is a weird shop display in Oxford street London taken ar dusk. At this angle, the mannequins look like pedestrians who have walked in from the street. Taken with the kit lens at ISO 400, F/4. 1/60 sec
The second was shot at ISO 3200 of my middle son, Ed, in reflective mood. F/5.6, 1/320 sec, ISO 3,200. A little Neat image NR applied, processed to monochrome using Nik Silver Efex pro.
The last two are part of a series taken of and for a makeup artist and his model, ISO 800 and 1600 respectively, kit lens.