Sony Alpha NEX-5
14 megapixels; Mirrorless body; Interchangeable lens; 3-inch articulated LCD; ISO 200-12,800; 1080i HD video; JPEG+RAW image format; Sony E-series lens mount; Mini HDMI output; Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Sony's NEX-5 is just about the hottest mirrorless camera at the moment (late 2010). The slick, small magnesium polycarbonate body belies the huge image sensor inside, capable of capturing excellent shots in JPEG and RAW format, even at high ISO sensitivities (it maxes out at an impressive 12,800), as well as 1080i HD video. Not only is it the best-looking mirrorless camera, it takes some of the best shots as well. The point of the mirrorless genre when it debuted was to create cameras that could compete with the quality of dSLRs but looked, handled and weighed more like compact cameras. The NEX-5 (along with the NEX-3) is the sleekest incarnation of this idea yet, and is arguably the most likely to attract compact camera to buy.