Haven't used my old DSLR (Canon T2i) in months, so I thought I'd give it a whirl again. I have to admit, the DSLR w/ a stabilized zoom yields a certain work flow - particularly for deeper focus shots. I use the stabilization to buy a couple stops more aperture - that's a pretty big deal. Then with that lightning-fast phase AF & zooming, I get the shots I need, very easily and quickly. This is so easy, I could almost have a helper do it for me! Getting in closer & having to select focus areas, I find Live View is a must. I used to begrudge having to use the rear LCD but now I've made peace with it. I thought I might bitterly miss focus peaking, but I found I managed decently enough without it. I like the way my Canon 15-85 zoom works with AF and manual override. I can let the AF do its thing, then twist the focus ring to fine tune. And it's physical - not focus-by-wire, which I still dislike. Sometimes it's nice to have more physical buttons and switches for things (particularly AF/MF). While I'm at it, I found Canon's overall layout & menu system to be very refreshing (for the most part). So, going briefly back to the old system, what did I miss about the NEX? First off, the N7's viewfinder is SO much bigger and more useful. Live view right in the EVF makes the N7 my hand-held close-up KING! I also love having instant image review & menu surfing, right there in the finder. I like being able to change ISO and aperture without pushing multiple buttons. I love the instant shutter response! The biggest difference that strikes me has to do with work flow. I mentioned it as an asset for the DSLR but that can also be a liability. With manual primes on the NEX, it feels like my images are more hand-crafted. I like the way the N7 facilitates deliberation where the DSLR to a certain extent discourages it. Also, for background blur, a longer prime certainly trounces the shorter zoom: Another difference isn't entirely Canon's fault. I like the dynamic range & exposure latitude with the RAW files better on my current, state of the art NEX-7 than on the now-ancient Canon. (Canon may have an edge on color, though - I notice it seems a little more naturally vivid, particularly in the reds. That may be worth investigating...) So for the moment, the jury's out on whether I will ditch the old DSLR or not - I will likely go ahead and keep it and employ it for its strengths. The N7 is certainly in no danger, though! That's my impression, anyway. If you're still reading, thanks for listening!