photocredit | cnetI currently shoot with a Sony NEX-6. In the past I've owned a Nikon D40 & D3000, but the large, heavy camera bodies meant that I wasn't bringing them with me very often. People would often mistake me for a professional & ask me to take their picture, not realizing I was just there with friends. In January of this year, I sold my D3000 & got the Sony. I love that I can change out lenses, and that it's so lightweight/compact. It's easy to throw it in a purse when heading out, and it's not as "look-at-me" as my Nikons were. After playing around with the camera for a couple months, I realized that the flash, although great in a pinch, really isn't amazing. It's a straight-on flash, meaning you aren't able to bounce it off of a ceiling, wall, etc to get a softer effect. When I searched online forums for whether or not third-party external flashes would work with the hot-shoe on the NEX6, the answers were varied. Some people said you couldn't some people said only some would work - there was no clear answer. I took my camera to my local Sony store & asked what flashes would work with it, and was told that it has a universal hot-shoe (Which the NEX3, 5, and 7 don't) - meaning any brand would work. They had a Sony-branded one that I could buy, but it was somewhere in the neighborhood of $400, and way above what I was willing to spend. After looking at options online, I decided to get the $40 Neewer TT560 from Amazon.com (free returns, yay!). For $40, it's a very solid flash, and works fine with the NEX, just not with TTL capabilities. That basically means that you have to make sure the shutter speed of the camera isn't set above 160 - anything faster & the flash won't sync properly, leaving you with results like this:
Otherwise, it works fine & gives very solid results!