STANDOUT FEATURE: The most compact mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera with built-in WiFi.
Sony Alpha a5000
Estimated Street Price: $499 (with 16-50mm kit zoom)
Sony bills the new a5000 as "the world's lightest APS-C interchangeable-lens camera with Wi-Fi capability," and it is; but for practical purposes, it's the same size as the NEX-3N it replaces (the NEX-3N doesn't have WiFi). For the record, the world's smallest (in volume) APS-C interchangeable-lens camera is the aforementioned Sony a3000 (which lacks built-in WiFi and is some 5 ounces heavier than the new a5000).
Along with improvements to image quality and WiFi capabilities, the a5000 offers most of the NEX-3N's good features: ISOs from 100-16000, shutter speeds from 30 to 1⁄4000 sec., 1200-zone metering, 25-point contrast-detect AF, 4 fps shooting (2.5 fps with AF for each shot), AVCHD 1080 full HD video at 60i and 24p (plus MP4 1080 at 30p for easier uploading) and a tilting 3-inch LCD monitor. Images are saved on SD/SDHC/SDXC cards or Sony's Memory Stick PRO Duo/PRO-HG Duo and Pro-HG HX media. The NP-FW50 InfoLITHIUM battery is CIPA-rated at 420 shots per charge (with LCD).
Photo Creativity mode helps less experienced photographers make better images. The camera also has Sony's simple Sweep Panorama mode, plus a good range of built-in special effects.
The a5000 uses Sony E-mount ("NEX") lenses, and via LA-EA adapters, Sony A-mount and legacy Konica Minolta Maxxum lenses. E-mount lenses currently number 22, providing focal lengths from 10-18mm through 55-210mm. Dimensions are 4.3x2.5x1.4 inches and 7.4 ounces.