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Sony NEX5RL

£489.99
Digitaltrends.com Recommended Product reviewed.com Best of Year PhotographyBlog.com Highly Recommended Ephotozine Highly Recommended
A multi award winning MILC digital camera, perfect for wildlife photography
MILC 16.1MP CMOS Black Dec 2013
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Sony NEX-5 Review

With excellent reviews but average features, we have ranked the Sony NEX-5 number 325 across all digital cameras.
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162 Reviews + 6 Awards
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Why Has it Scored 52?

It has great expert reviews and terrific user reviews with 96% of buyers recommending this digital camera to others. This digital camera has received six awards including a "Highly Recommended" award from Ephotozine plus one other site and a "Recommended" award from Digitaltrends.com. Canon cameras also have excellent reviews in general.
It is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer digital cameras with better features are available. However this Sony digital camera has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest digital cameras 2017.
Customers report it is reasonably priced, is easy to use and good picture quality.
The NEX-5 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Wide range of optical zooms depending on lens used
1920 x 1080 pixels video resolution
Wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) depending on lens used
Wide range of closest focusing distances depending on lens used

What is This Digital Camera Best Used For?

Having compared it with other relevant digital cameras, we have concluded that it is excellent for wildlife photography, ranking number 235 in wildlife photography cameras. It is also excellent for sports photography, ranking number 246 in sports photography cameras, but average for portrait photography, ranking number 248 in portrait photography cameras.
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How Big is the Sony NEX-5?

The Sony NEX-5 is 110.8mm wide and 58.8mm tall. It is 38.9mm deep and weighs 218g.

Sony NEX-5 front dimensions

Sony NEX-5 size in context

Sony NEX-5 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

Six Industry Awards

This camera was given a "Highly Recommended" award by both websites Ephotozine and PhotographyBlog.com, both of which concluded that this Sony camera was great.

This Sony camera was given a "Recommended" award by website Digitaltrends.com who concluded that this camera was very good.

The authors at three more expert review sites all said that this camera was very good. This Sony camera received a "5 Star" award from 01net.com, Reviewed.com gave it a "Best of Year" award and it received a "Technical Image Press Association Award" from Tipa.com.

Expert Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 20 expert reviews from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, Ephotozine, PC Mag and reviewed.com this camera has an overall expert rating of 84 out of 100. This puts this Sony camera in the top 18% of all the digital cameras when ranked by average expert review score.

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Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, based on 142 owner reviews the average owner rating of this digital camera is excellent. 99 reviewers (95% of all reviewers) gave this digital camera either 4 or 5 stars and 96% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

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Users Report That it is Reasonably Priced

Seven owners wrote in their reviews that the product was good value for money.

Users Report it is Easy to Use

19 people who purchased the Sony NEX-5 reckoned that it was easy to use, five people who reviewed the product reckoned that it was comfortable and easy to hold and two owners who bought it reckoned that it was easy to use the menus.

Users Report Good Picture Quality

12 people who bought it agreed that it was able to produce good images and two people who reviewed it reckoned that it was good in low light.

Very Good Brand

We checked 32,324 expert and owner reviews (including 10,628 verified purchases) for Sony cameras and found that on average Sony has very good ratings. We also found that Sony has very good ratings specifically for its digital cameras. 92% of those that bought a Sony digital camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Customers Report a Good Screen / Viewfinder

Nine owners who reviewed this digital camera agreed that it had a good screen.

  • The display is elegant, easy to read…
  • Tilting screen is also a nice feature for low angle shots…
  • Great tracker, nice display, large set of tracking features.
    Sqal (Bestbuy.com) - September 2014
  • The Forerunner 220 is more comfortable than the 305 and has a lighting screen…
  • The major one being it is almost impossible to use in bright sunlight as the screen becomes all…
  • Automatic options enable the snapshot amateur to produce excellent results without needing to delve into features in depth and a host of shooting options are available via on screen menus for the more exacting or professional photographer…
    Dolphin (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2013
  • It gives excellent on screen descriptions of the functions…
  • It can be tricky at times to fully view your subject on the screen in very bright sunshine, although the ability to tilt at an angle does help somewhat…
    Dolphin (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2013
  • Nice keyboard, gorgeous screen, all for under two pounds…

Customers Report Good Lens Quality

Three owners who reviewed the Sony NEX-5 agreed that it had a good lens.

Users Report Great Technical Features

Six customers concluded that the product had good features.

Users Report it is Robust

Two people who bought it thought it was reliable.

Users Report Superior Battery Life

Four customers concluded that the product had a good battery life.

Customers Report Nice Design

Eight people reckoned that it was good looking.

Customers Report Great Product Quality

Four people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was good quality.

  • This camera produces good quality shots and it is very easy to use in its fully automatic mode…
    Robin (Amazon.co.uk) - October 2013
  • Fantastic still shot capabilities combine with very high quality video so there is no need to double up on equipment if you like to take both media…
    Dolphin (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2013
  • * Picture and Video Quality These are both superb…
    Dolphin (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2013
  • The picture quality is fantastic…
  • The image quality on this is excellent, particularly impressive in low light…

Users Report it is a Good Size

Four owners considered that this digital camera was lightweight and four people thought the product was compact.

  • Easy to use, good battery life, very lightweight, heart rate monitor functions flawlessly, alarms easy to feel…
    Brett (Bestbuy.com) - September 2014
  • The camera and lenses are versatile, take great photos, compact and rugged…
  • It is lightweight and gets the job done…
  • This is a compact and lightweight item of kit, which makes it an ideal companion on a holiday as it doesn't take up a lot of space or make you feel as though you are carrying a ton of equipment…
    Dolphin (Amazon.co.uk) - November 2013
  • Essentially fed up of paying over £100 for compact or bridge camera's which don't quite cut it…
  • Lightweight, east to use…
  • Wow great camera for the price, super compact came with flash…
  • The body is initially difficult to hold comfortably if you have anything other than tiny hands…
  • Ergonomics are compromised by the smallness of the body - there are very few physical buttons, with those there are being soft buttons with on-screen labels…
  • The lens performs well, better than a point and shoot compact…
    Robin (Amazon.co.uk) - October 2013

Value For Money

Mediocre Value for Money

The product has excellent reviews but average features and is over 6 months old, and at £489.99 it is more expensive than 69% of cameras.

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Features

Average Megapixels

The Sony NEX-5's sensor megapixels of 16.1MP is relatively standard compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the lowest 1% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Wide Range of Optical Zooms Depending On Lens Used

This Sony camera has interchangeable lenses so the optical zoom depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of optical zooms are possible with this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most commonly found resolution on cameras. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 is known as "Full HD".

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Fairly High ISO Sensitivity (max)

The Sony NEX-5's ISO sensitivity (max) of 25,600 is in the highest 14% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. The lowest ISO sensitivity (max) of cameras is 200, the highest is 820,000, and the average ISO sensitivity (max) is 14,000.

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Wide Range of Minimum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the minimum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of minimum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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Optical Image Stabilisation May Be Available With Some Lenses

This camera has interchangeable lenses so whether this camera has an image stabilizer depends on the lens being used.

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Has a Built-In Flash

built-in flash

The Sony NEX-5 has a built-in flash, as do 66% of digital cameras.

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Average Weight

The weight of the Sony NEX-5 of 218g is relatively typical compared to most other cameras. It is in the lightest 1% of all cameras when ordered by this feature.

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Features Noise Reduction

The Sony NEX-5 features noise reduction, unlike 92% of digital cameras which do not feature noise reduction.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Sony NEX-5 features brightness adjustment. 79% of cameras do not feature brightness adjustment.

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Wide Range of Maximum Focal Lengths (35mm Film Equiv) Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum focal length (35mm film equiv) depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum focal lengths (35mm film equiv) are possible with this camera.

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Features Multi-Shot Function

The Sony NEX-5 features multi-shot function, unlike 91% of cameras which do not feature multi-shot function.

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Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Sony NEX-5 has an anti-dust function, which is unusual. 91% of digital cameras do not have an anti-dust function.

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Has a Pre-Flash

The Sony NEX-5 has a pre-flash. 95% of digital cameras do not have a pre-flash.

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Wide Range of Maximum Aperture Numbers Depending On Lens Used

This camera has interchangeable lenses so the maximum aperture number depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of maximum aperture numbers are possible with this camera.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

This camera supports a video resolution of 1920 x 1080|1440 x 1080|640 x 480 pixels, which is typical of many cameras. 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.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Sony NEX-5 has a touchscreen, which is unusual. 84% of digital cameras do not have a touchscreen.

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Fairly High Display Resolution

The display resolution of the Sony NEX-5 of 922,000 pixels is quite high compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the highest 21% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature. The average display resolution of all digital cameras is 590,000 pixels, with the lowest being 3 pixels and the highest being 16,000,000 pixels.

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Supports Near Field Communication (NFC)

The Sony NEX-5 supports Near Field Communication (NFC). 88% of digital cameras do not support Near Field Communication (NFC).

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony NEX-5 supports Wi-Fi. 72% of cameras do not support Wi-Fi.

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Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Sony NEX-5 has a vari-angle LCD display, unlike 84% of digital cameras which do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Has an External Flash Connector

The Sony NEX-5 has an external flash connector, which is unusual. 87% of cameras do not have an external flash connector.

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Has a Tripod Mount

The Sony NEX-5 has a tripod mount. 75% of digital cameras do not have a tripod mount.

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Wide Range of Closest Focusing Distances Depending On Lens Used

This digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the closest focusing distance depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of closest focusing distances are possible with this camera.

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Supports Live View

The Sony NEX-5 supports live view, which is unusual. 84% of digital cameras do not support live view.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Sony NEX-5 has an HDMI port, which is unusual. 71% of digital cameras do not have an HDMI port.

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4912 X 3264 Pixels Still Image Resolution

The highest still image resolution supported by the Sony NEX-5 is 4912 x 3264 pixels. That's 1% higher resolution than the most common resolution of 4608 x 3456 pixels. In addition, this camera supports still image resolutions of 4592 x 3056 pixels, 3568 x 2368 pixels, 3344 x 2224 pixels plus 3 more values. Across all digital cameras the best resolution is 6016 x 4016 pixels and the worst is 384 x 480 pixels.

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Wide Range of Aspherical Lenses Depending On Lens Used

This Sony digital camera has interchangeable lenses so the aspherical lens depends on the lens being used. This means that a wide range of aspherical lenses are possible with this camera.

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Supports Full HD Video

Full HD video

The Sony NEX-5 supports Full HD video, unlike 75% of cameras which do not support Full HD video.

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Supports Video Capability

video capability

The Sony NEX-5 supports video capability, which is unusual. 67% of digital cameras do not support video capability.

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Network Ready

The Sony NEX-5 is network ready, unlike 99% of cameras which are not network ready.

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Fairly Big Digital Zoom

The average digital zoom of all digital cameras is 11x, with the smallest being 0.72x and the biggest being 810x. The digital zoom of the Sony NEX-5 of 10x is fairly big compared to most other digital cameras. It is in the biggest 10% of all digital cameras when sorted by this feature.

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Features Flash Exposure Compensation

The Sony NEX-5 features flash exposure compensation, which is unusual. 80% of digital cameras do not feature flash exposure compensation.

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Very Large Display Diagonal

The display diagonal of the Sony NEX-5 of 7.5" is in the largest 1% of all digital cameras when ranked by this feature. The display diagonals of digital cameras range from 0.5" to 9", and the average display diagonal is 2.9".

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Features Saturation Adjustment

The Sony NEX-5 features saturation adjustment, unlike 88% of digital cameras which do not feature saturation adjustment.

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Features Contrast Adjustment

The Sony NEX-5 features contrast adjustment, which is unusual. 83% of digital cameras do not feature contrast adjustment.

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Age

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since December 2013.


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