I'm a 'serious compact' addict. I've tried just about everything out there. So recently added the NEX 5 and so far it's a sweet and truly compact camera. Could it better, absolutely!! I don't mind the poorly reviewed user interface but I do wish it had manual control of the video and the shutter noise was less. The kit lens is OK but not a star. I'm defintely hoping for better glass, hopefully by Christmas. Would love to see a Zeiss 35mm f2 and Zeiss 85-90 macro with IS, compact of course. I know, I know, wishful thinking! But really enjoying that terrific screen and the high ISO images are better than anticipated. Hope DXO Optical Pro supports this camera's RAW files soon. I think Sony is going to do well with this system. The good news for all of us is that it will only force Panasonic, Samsung, Olympus to get better and maybe, maybe get Nikon and Canon to notice this segment.