My name is Dave and I recently upgraded from a Point and Shoot to a Sony NEX. In the past couple of years I have begun learning the tricks of taking good photography, and was at the point of wanting something better to take pictures with. However I was intimidated with the size, weight and complexity of the camera systems I saw. Not being a professional photographer who takes a trip or excursion, just to take photos I did not want to be laden down with gear everywhere I went. I wanted something light that I can have with me when we go places and that is what I love about the new smaller professional systems and the Sony NEX in particular. In short, the NEX camera offers all I need to step up to nice pics, without the weight and complexity of larger systems.