Check out the deals for the NEX 3-5. These little cameras have DSLR image quality, but will fit in a jacket pocket or jeans pocket with the 16mm pancake lens. If you’re thinking about waiting for an updated version to come out, you may be in for a long wait. Apparently Sony has suffered some serious facility/production losses due to the recent disaster, and in doesn’t look like any new products will be issues soon.
If you want a nice camera to carry around on vacation, don’t take your A900/850, they’re too big and heavy, take it from someone who’s made that mistake too many times, me!! Look carefully at the NEX-3 with both 18-55mm and 16mm for about $699, or the NEX-5 for a little more money. Basically, If you buy either additional lens you get $150 off the total purchase price. The deal doesn’t include the NEX 18-200mm lens, although for me, that lens is too darn big for the NEX system. All purchases come with a free Lowepro case and 4gb card. I’d go for the NEX-5 if you can swing it because it’s a little smaller and slips into a very small space.