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Sony NEX5RL Digital Camera

£489.99
MILC 16.1MP CMOS 10x Dec 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Twenty-five industry awards
Good technical guidance
Limited (but still useful) touch features
202 Reviews + 6 Awards
Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product reviewed.com Best of Year PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
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Reviews

Twenty-Five Industry Awards

This digital camera is one of the most highly awarded by camera experts of all the medium megapixel cameras that were launched more than two years ago.

The writers at review sites Digitaltrends.com, Trusted Reviews, M3.idg.se and Fotovideo.nu all endorse this Sony digital camera and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Camera Labs and Gadgetspeak.com all of whom thought that this medium megapixel digital camera was very good.

This digital camera was given an "Editor's Choice" award by review sites CNET.co.uk, Digicam Buyer.co.uk and Cnetfrance.fr all of whom thought that this medium megapixel digital camera was fantastic.

The authors at websites What Digital Camera and DP Review both said that this camera was terrific and gave it their "Gold" award.

Furthermore, this Sony digital camera received an Expert Reviews "Best Buy" award and the writer at website Buy-n-shoot.com decided that it was marvellous and gave it a "Platinum" award. In addition, the author at website Onfoto.ru gave this Sony camera a "Best Innovation" award and decided it was innovative.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on sixty expert reviews from sites including What Digital Camera, DP Review, PhotographyBlog.com and CNET.com this Sony camera has an overall expert rating of 85 out of 100. The expert review sites think this digital camera is one of the very best cameras of a similar age and type.

User Reviews Are Excellent

On average, people who bought this Sony camera rated it as 90 out of 100. 135 reviewers (90% of all reviewers) gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 96% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

We checked 23,306 owner and expert reviews (including 401 verified purchases) for Sony cameras and found that on average Sony has good reviews. We also found that Sony has good reviews specifically for its medium megapixel cameras. 93% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Support

Good Technical Guidance

Two customers said in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance. Ash mentioned “The instructions for assembly were easy to follow as were the instructions for switching lenses” in their review of this digital camera.


Features

Limited (but Still Useful) Touch Features

Eleven customers mentioned in their reviews that it had good features. Website Dcresource.com said in their review of this digital camera “Limited (but still useful) touch features” . Website Bestbuy.com wrote “Great display and features”. Website Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Great features”.


Price

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Expensive

We think this camera looks expensive compared to other cameras of a similar type and age. The cheapeast digital camera of a similar age and type that we found costs £39 and the most expensive costs £4,225.

Good Value for Money

Fifteen customers who reviewed it considered that it was good value for money. Website Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Simple hook up, cheap price for N adapter”. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “It's good to remember the company makes other models that are quite competent – and don't cost over two grand”. Five years ago expert website Digicambuyer.co.uk wrote “By providing excellent value for money” in their review of this digital camera and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Three customers thought this digital camera was expensive. Expert website Computeractive.co.uk wrote “It's expensive.”. Two years ago Simonya said “The eye focus for this camera is way to expensive and costs almost the same as the camera, making it a difficult purchase” in their review of this digital camera. Rickj wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “This is an expensive problem to remedy, if your camera is more than a year old”.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was December 2013 when Sony released the NEX-5.


Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Sony NEX-5 has a pretty standard digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 4x digital zoom digital cameras currently available including cheaper digital cameras such as the Canon G1 X (£479.99).

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony NEX-5 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other cameras of this type and age also support Wi-Fi.

We compared all the other digital cameras which support Wi-Fi to this camera and we think the Fujifilm X-E2 (£479) which has better reviews; or the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm (£398.95) which is cheaper are also worth considering.

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Network Ready

The Sony NEX-5 is network ready, which is unusual. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a similar age to this camera are not network ready.

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Display

Average Display Diagonal

With a display diagonal of 3 inches, the Sony NEX-5 has a relatively standard display diagonal compared to most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera.

We compared this digital camera to all the other 3" screen cameras and we think the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm (£398.95) which is cheaper; or the Fujifilm X-E2 (£479) which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Sony NEX-5 has a vari-angle LCD display, which is unusual. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as this digital camera do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Sony NEX-5 has a touchscreen, which is unusual. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that are a comparable age to this camera do not have a touchscreen.

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Audio

Superior Noise Performance

Four customers agreed that this digital camera was noisy. Six years ago website Photographyblog.com mentioned “Superior noise performance”. Website Nothingwired.com said two years ago “Noise is handled very well” in their review of this digital camera.

Cristi Fm gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and she mentioned “They're more noisy than those from reviews”.

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Features Voice Recording

The Sony NEX-5 features voice recording. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony NEX-5 has a built-in microphone, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Four customers agreed that this digital camera was noisy. Six years ago website Photographyblog.com mentioned “Superior noise performance”. Website Nothingwired.com said two years ago “Noise is handled very well” in their review of this digital camera. Cristi Fm gave the product a score of 80 out of 100 and she mentioned “They're more noisy than those from reviews”.


Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony NEX-5 supports Full HD video, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras that have been around for more than two years do not support Full HD video.

There are a number of other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available that you might want to look at including because of its better review score, the Fujifilm X-E1 (£439).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The highest video resolution supported by the Sony NEX-5 is 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of a 640 x 480 pixels camera, which is the most frequently found video resolution supported by digital cameras that are a comparable age to this digital camera. 640 x 480 pixels is also supported by this camera. In addition, this digital camera supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best supported video resolution amongst all cameras of this spec and age.

The worst supported video resolution amongst comparable types of camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony NEX-5 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of the most frequently found maximum video resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.

This camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is actually the best video resolution amongst all cameras of a similar type and age to this digital camera.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution across comparable types of camera.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Sony NEX-5 supports video capability. Most of the other medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this digital camera also support video capability.

Alternative digital cameras which support video capability currently available which you might want to consider include a cheaper camera such as the Canon G1 X (£479.99) or you might consider a higher scoring camera such as the Fujifilm X-E1 (£439).

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Has an HDMI Port

The Sony NEX-5 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other cameras of a similar type and age to this camera.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Sony NEX-5 has a USB 2.0 port. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this digital camera also have a USB 2.0 port.

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Camera

Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Sony NEX-5 has an anti-dust function. Most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age also have an anti-dust function.

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Supports Live View

The Sony NEX-5 supports live view. Most of the other cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as this camera also support live view.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Sony NEX-5 features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this camera.

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Features Histogram

The Sony NEX-5 features histogram. Most of the other comparable spec cameras that were launched around the same time as this digital camera also feature histogram.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Sony NEX-5 has an HDMI, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and type.

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The Sony NEX-5 has a batteries included. Most of the other cameras that came out more than two years ago also have a batteries included.

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Battery

330 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

The Sony NEX-5 is a camera that takes 330 shots battery life (CIPA standard).

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Picture Quality

4912 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The Sony NEX-5 has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that have been around for around the same time as it. This digital camera has a 4912 x 3264 still image resolution(s), whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as it have a 640 x 480 still image resolution(s). This camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 2448 x 1624 and 3568 x 2368. Medium megapixel cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera still image resolution(s) range from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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4912 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony NEX-5 has a higher image resolution than most digital cameras of a comparable age and type to it. This camera has a 4912 X 3264 pixels maximum image resolution, whereas most medium megapixel cameras that have been around for around the same time as it have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. Across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to this digital camera the worst image resolution is 4288 x 3216 pixels and the best is 4928 x 3264 pixels.

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16.1 Megapixels Megapixel

This is a 16.1 megapixels camera.

There are a number of alternative 16.1MP cameras currently available which you might want to consider including the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm (£398.95) which is cheaper.

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Weight & Dimensions

Average Weight

The Sony NEX-5 has a relatively standard weight (218 grams) compared to most of the other similar spec digital cameras that came out around the same time as this digital camera.

If you would consider a digital camera with a heavier weight then you might want to look at the X-E2 (£479) (300g and higher rated), or the X-E1 (£439) (300g and higher rated) both from Fujifilm.

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Compact Body

Seventeen customers who reviewed the Sony NEX-5 concluded that it was compact. Six years ago website Photographyblog.com mentioned “Compact body” in their review of this digital camera and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. They also wrote “Compact and stylish design.” in their review. Six years ago Digitalversus.com said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Digital Versus “This new interchangeable lens compact has two new optional accessories that are very handy”.

Six customers who reviewed this digital camera concluded that it was lightweight. Expert review site Digicambuyer.co.uk mentioned “It’s lightweight, portable”. Brett wrote three years ago “Easy to use, good battery life, very lightweight, heart rate monitor functions flawlessly, alarms easy to feel”. Two years ago Tuffdog96 said “It is lightweight and gets the job done”.

Four customers concluded that the product was heavy and bulky. Jim Seaside mentioned in his review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon.co.uk “The camera is only a little heavier than the compact camera she used before”. Four years ago S. P. Long gave it a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Get rid of the bulky mirror boxes to shrink the bodies” in their review of this digital camera. Paul he said “It involved carrying a heavy tripod and takes around 15 - 20 minutes including post processing”.

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Design

Touch Screen Interface With Customizable Control Buttons

Twenty-five owners wrote that this digital camera was easy to use. Pc Mag mentioned “Touch screen interface with customizable control buttons” in their Sony NEX-5 review and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Website Amazon.co.uk wrote “She finds it easy to use and has excellent r” in their review of this digital camera however despite that they only rated it 3 stars out of 5. Expert review site Photographybay.com said six years ago “First up, its a very fun camera to use”.

Five people who purchased this digital camera concluded that it was easy to use the menus. Website Nothingwired.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Addition of new dials to make access to settings much simpler” . Dolphin gave this digital camera a score of 80 out of 100 and wrote “Your skills can be honed via the host of shooting options easily accessed via the menu”. Bazza said in their review of this digital camera “The menu system is quite logical”.

Five owners said in their reviews that it was comfortable and easy to hold. Cschmach gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said “The watch is actually comfortable to wear” in their review of this digital camera. Three years ago Cooper10 wrote “Wristband is comfortable”. Indypaths mentioned in their review of this digital camera on expert website Bestbuy.com “The Forerunner 220 is more comfortable than the 305” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

Two customers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was easy to handle. Website Nothingwired.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Improved handling over previous generation”. Six years ago I. Hayden mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Noise control and image sharpness are both very good and its handling, once you get familiar with the unusual menu layout is also quite acceptable for such a small camera” in their review of this digital camera.

Two owners who reviewed it said that it was easy to setup. Website Amazon.co.uk gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote “Easy to setup”.

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Good Looking

Fifteen customers who reviewed the product wrote that it was good looking. Website Bestbuy.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Great looking camera that also takes beautiful pictures”. Website Amazon.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera “Gets the job done and pulls in a pretty good signal compared to most wireless adapters”. Expert review site Computeractive.co.uk wrote “A friendly, stylish compact camera that takes exceptional photos”.

Four customers wrote in their reviews that it was well designed. Expertreviews.co.uk scored the product 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert website Expert Reviews six years ago “Its slim, stylish design, superb videos”.

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Build Quality

Seven people wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Trusted Reviews wrote five years ago “Also very well built”. G. Lewis mentioned in their Sony NEX-5 review “Hardware - 5/5 This camera is fantastically well built”. They also said “All of the buttons on the rear of the camera have a very sturdy solid feel to them” in their review.

Three owners said that the product was reliable. Five years ago website Amazon.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Very reliable adapter” nonetheless they only scored the product 3 stars out of 5. Amysaint wrote “Heart rate monitor is reliable” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Karen rated it 5 stars out of 5 and she said on expert review site Bestbuy.com “Comfortable and reliable”.

Two customers who bought this digital camera reckoned that it was strong and durable. Ishkabibble mentioned two years ago “The camera and lenses are versatile, take great photos, compact and rugged” in their review of this digital camera. Ash wrote “The lenses appear durable and easy to change, as you also have a plastic cap to cover the back of the lens not in use”.

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Image Quality

Twenty-one owners concluded that this digital camera was good quality. What Digital Camera wrote “Image quality”. Website Photographyblog.com scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said in their review of this digital camera six years ago “The quality of images from the new sensor is consistently superb”. Website Dcresource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Very good photo quality” .


Power

Battery Stamina

Nine customers wrote in their reviews that it had a good battery life. Six years ago website Photographyblog.com mentioned “Battery stamina” in their review of the Sony NEX-5. Website Nothingwired.com wrote “Improved battery life”. Daniel said “The battery life is great” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5.


Image Quality

Fourty owners concluded that it was able to produce good images. Website Photographyblog.com rated this digital camera 5 stars out of 5 and said six years ago “Great image colours and clarity”. In the same month expert website Cnet.co.uk mentioned “The quality of its images is impressive, too, with vibrant colours, sharp detail” and gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5. Expert website Digitaltrends.com said “We slightly prefer the photos” in their review of this digital camera.

Four people who reviewed this digital camera thought it had a good image sensor. Website Nothingwired.com wrote two years ago “Small camera, large sensor”. Expert review site Amateurphotographer.co.uk scored it 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The sensor is highly regarded, producing very low noise le”. Bazza wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The main feature that attracted me to it was the sensor size” in their review of this digital camera.

Four owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good in low light. Website Nothingwired.com said “Produces great images, even in low light” in their review of this digital camera. Vandal76 mentioned “The low light is simply better, hands down”. Four years ago Pufferfish said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The camera really excels in low light” in their review of this digital camera.

Three owners who purchased it considered that it had a good picture resolution. Website Bestbuy.com said three years ago “Tons of shooting options”.

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Includes Removable Flash

Three people who purchased this digital camera reckoned that it had a good flash. Pc Mag wrote “Includes removable flash”. Gaz Reynolds said in their review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon.co.uk five years ago “The external flash is interesting, as it means you save size”.

Great Video Mode

Fourteen people considered that it was good for video recording. Pc Mag said four years ago “1080 60 video capture” in their Sony NEX-5 review. Website Digitaltrends.com wrote “Superior stills and videos”. Camera Labs gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “1080 6050 movie mode”.

Fast Focusing

Seven owners who purchased it considered that it had a good lens. L said in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Focusing with my canon lens is easy and accurate”. Two years ago Hillwalker wrote on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Wow great camera for the price, super compact came with flash and free kit lens superb camera” in their Sony NEX-5 review and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Robin gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and he said in his review of this digital camera on expert website Amazon.co.uk “The lens performs well, better than a point”.

Five customers who bought it thought it had a good autofocus. Website Nothingwired.com said “Drastically improved focusing performance” . Clashcity Rocker wrote “It always gets the focus bang on”. Four years ago Ripple mentioned “The auto focus is fast -”.

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Articulated Screen

Twenty customers who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good screen. Website Photographyblog.com scored it 5 stars out of 5 and said “Articulated screen”. They also mentioned “Useful tilting screen” in their review. And also said “Nicest screen in its class”.

Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony ilce7s, canon nex5r, sonynex5nyb, sony ilce7r, sony nex5r, sony nex3n, nex5tybce, nex5ry
Barcodes 00027242856813, 00641361935671, 04905524800838, 04905524800883, 04905524900637, 04905524900644, 04905524900767, 04905524952063, 04905524952179, 04905524952186, 04905524952193, 04905524952209, 04905524952216, 04905524952223

Sony NEX-5 Review Sources

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