I still use a DSLR. Unlike my colleague Dan Seifert (and a handful of other staffers at The Verge), I've never been willing to sacrifice the speed and control of my Nikon D7000 to get a smaller, lighter camera. It's really not an image quality issue — Sony's NEX lineup typically takes excellent pictures, as do a number of Micro Four Thirds cameras. I carry the back-breakingly enormous D7000 around because it's so incredibly easy to control thanks to myriad buttons, dials, and wheels.

I'm the exact user Sony had in mind as it designed the latest round of NEX lineups, particularly the NEX-6. The company's successfully found a place between a point-and-shoot and a DSLR, but now its sights are set squarely on the five-pound chunk of D7000 body and lenses in my backpack.

That's why, in addition to the NEX-standard APS-C sensor, 18-55mm kit lens, roomy touchscreen, and lightweight body, the NEX-6 offers a level of manual control previously only available on the expensive NEX-7, and it might be even better. When my colleague Dan Seifert reviewed the NEX-5R, he found it to be a great option for people who just want to point, shoot, and take pictures. But this model appears to finally be capable of replacing my DSLR — and at $1,000, it's surprisingly affordable if it can do so. I couldn't wait to review the camera, and find out once and for all if it's time to sell my D7000 and get cozy with something smaller.