On the good side, I finally got a solid night's sleep. On the bad side, I overslept. I hope I don't cause anyone to lose out (Amazon's Deals of the Day frequently run dry before the end of the day).
[UPDATE #3, 11:45 a.m. Wed., Apr. 30th: Surprisingly, all the prices from yesterday are still showing at both sites. So maybe this is a true closeout rather than just a 24-hour deal. —Ed.]
The Sony NEX-6, which has been my main camera for the past year or so and which I still really like, is Amazon's Deal of the Day today for only $525.
Currently the #1 camera bestseller on all of Amazon, which means they're going fast.
That's with the 16–50mm power zoom lens. The body only is listing on Amazon for $705 as of this writing.
B&H Photo has the body only for only $499, pretty much in line with Amazon's sale price for the kit. [UPDATE: Between posting this and checking the link, the price dropped to $479.]
[UPDATE #2: B&H Photo has now matched Amazon's price for the kit.]
I might add that these cameras were designed to be easier than usual to use, so they make good gifts for family members who are less than fully girded with geekery in the gadgetry department. On the bad side, note that the selection of Sony E-mount lenses is still relatively slim and a bit of a hodgepodge*.
Also, before you drop the cha-ching, you might want to compare it to its replacement, the 24-megapixel A6000.
*For example, the two lenses I use are the Zeiss 24mm, which has a near Leica-like premium price of $898 (it was over $1,000 when I bought mine), and the Sigma DN 60mm, which can go stride for stride with the Zeiss—and is a screaming bargain at $239. One caveat about the sleeper Sigma: it features Sigma's unique magnetic autofocusing, so when the camera is turned off and the lens doesn't have power, the focusing unit clunks back and forth inside the lens like something that's broken loose in the hold of a sailboat. An unfortunate side-effect for a lensmaker that's still fighting an historical perception of questionable quality. But don't let it bother you. It's the way it's supposed to be.
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Eduardo Cervantes: "Since I bought mine over a year ago, my Canon 6D stays home unless it is for comissioned work. I paid full price and now I can say that for the current discount price, I'm thinking on getting a second body to convert to IR. Nice capable little camera. I only took this camera with 16–50mm on my trip to Cuba last year. Never missed my 6D."