As I've written often, I've not got anything against DSLR's apart from the fact that I don't like the weight. However, having seen the quality that the D800 can produce, it was an easy decision to move to changing my gear to a system based on that camera. While I'm very conscious of camera aesthetics, ultimately its the results that count. I don't see a camera as a fashion accessory or a manifestation of a photographic philosophy, its ultimately a tool. Yes, it would have been great if the D800 sensor was available in a NEX or m4/3 type body, but it isn't, nor was (is?) ever likely to be.
In terms of usability, I do like the NEX-7 though. It feels good in my hand and contrary to popular opinion, I like the fact that the lenses are somewhat bigger. I will be keeping this camera, though only as a vehicle for my Nikon prime lenses.
However, I've got nothing against these CSC's and I'm not about to become a born again DSLR enthusiast. In the future I would be be happy to consider these systems again. But the problem with that is will they give me 36MP of astounding image quality, superb handling and versatility with incredible high ISO performance should I need it? At this moment in time and with whats on the horizon I can't see the answer to that question as being yes. Will we ever get a 35mm film sized sensor in a CSC? Well we might, but in the near future I can't see it happening. For a start, a new lens range is probably required. Sony could make a NEX with an a-mount, but then the lens to camera ratio would become too much. There is the rumour of Pentax making a small sized DSLR, like the K5, with this sized sensor, but my guess is this will be a 24MP version, which Sony are apparently planning.
My guess is that the D800 / 800E is going to be top of the heap for some time to come. It is already quite a jump forward from what is available already and I can't see this sensor arriving in anything small for years at least. And to be honest most photographers neither need it or want it. Indeed if I wasn't doing this for a living I would probably be happy with a couple of m4/3 cameras.
There is no doubt in my mind that CSC's / Mirrorless / E.V.I.L are the future for many types of photography. The previous unjustified prejudice against them is slowly eroding and more and more photographers, at all levels, are becoming familiar with their benefits. And though I might have become "Nikonman" again, I won't be writing posts about the inadequacies of m4/3 or NEX. The D800(E) came as something of a surprise, though ever since I saw a few raw samples I did know that I would find it very hard to resist. To that end I guess, there is a possibility that the blog could become somewhat less focused on new gear reviewing and more about the process of taking photographs. There is certainly nothing that I see being rumoured or even fantasised about that interests me. Though a Leica M10 with the sensor from the D800, might see me looking for a buyer for one of my organs!!