BEST CAMERA for PHOTOGRAPHERS: Canon 550D
BEST CAMERA for WATER SPORTS: Olympus Tough TG-1
BEST CAMERA for TRAVEL: Sony NEX-6
BEST CAMERA for SPONTANEITY: whatever you have with you, which for me is is most likely for me my
Rather spookily that's similar to what Tillerman was suggesting in his comments yesterday. But which is the best overall? Well even more spookily, that would be what O'Docker said.
I'm pretty convinced in terms of picture quality the order is:
1) Canon 550D
2) Sony Nex-6
3) Olympus Tough TG-1
However at the same time the order in terms of lightest to heaviest is:
1) Olympus Tough TG-1
2) Sony Nex-6
3) Canon 550D
In terms of weight the Olympus and Sony are close and in terms of picture quality the Canon 550 and Sony are close together.
So the Sony Nex-6 does seem to be a great balance between picture quality, features and weight.
My take away thought from this process is that the Sony Nex-6 should be able to do almost everything that the DSLR can, and there are features such as setting the exposure time, focus selection (as per O'Docker's comments) use of RAW images etc that I ought learn how to do without each time struggling with the UI.
As I posted yesterday, reading the instruction guide is a must for today's feature packed cameras, particularly if you want to do anything more than point and shoot.
Finally, to misquote Jane Eyre: reader, I bought the Sony Nex-6, and I'm very happy with it.
BEST CAMERA OVERALL: Sony NEX-6
(but read the manual)