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Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm
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Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm Digital Camera

MILC 16.1MP CMOS Sep 2012
Camera Type Megapixel Image Stabilizer Sensor Type Release Date
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27 Reasons For

Expert Reviews Are Excellent

Digital camera expert review website tweakers.net scored this digital camera 100%. If all the cameras of this type and age are ranked by average expert review score then this camera is in the top 1%.

Good Quality Pictures

Several Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm owners who reviewed it agreed that it was able to produce good images. Nothingwired.com wrote two years ago “Produces great images, even in low light” in their review of the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Sony Alpha NE 5R delivers excellent photo quality, even in dimmer light”. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “The image quality is excellent, as is to be expected from a sensor also used in DSLRs”.

One person wrote in their reviews that the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm was good in low light. Two years ago Nothingwired.com wrote “Great lowlight performance” in their review of the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm. One customer considered that it had a good ISO range.

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Good Product Quality

Nine Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm owners reckoned that this digital camera was good quality. Nothingwired.com wrote in their review of the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm “Good image quality”. Nothingwired.com also wrote “Great image quality, small yet sensible size, handson controls added, improved buffer opens up burst shooting, better AF speed than predecessor, tiltangle screen bracket doesn't add to bulk”. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Great image quality up to 6400”.

Sony Has Good Reviews for Its Cameras

MILC cameras manufactured by Sony have good ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all cameras (not just MILC cameras) and found that Sony also has good ratings across its entire range.

Good Battery Life

Several Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm reviewers who reviewed the product considered that it had a good battery life. Two years ago Nothingwired.com said in their review of the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm “WiFi operation not as smooth as we'd like, not taken by PlayMemories app service, battery life could be better”. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Improved battery life”. Nothingwired.com also wrote “Excellent image quality and battery life”.

Good Video Capture

Several customers who purchased it concluded that it was good for video recording. Nothingwired.com wrote in their review “Excellent video capture”. Nothingwired.com also said “Su agarre ergonmico, capacidad para grabar video en Full HD y velocidad de captura”.

Robust

A number of Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm reviewers who reviewed the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm concluded that it was well made. Nothingwired.com said in their review “Could have done better with at least an older EVF built in” . Nothingwired.com also wrote “The Sony Alpha NEX 5R is a small interchangeable-lens camera built around a big, excellent image sensor.”.

Good Size

A number of customers agreed that the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm was compact. Nothingwired.com mentioned “Compact size” in their review of this digital camera. Nothingwired.com also said “Botier compact et bien fini, cran orientable vers le bas et vers le haut, jusqu' l'autoportrait”.

Good Connectivity

One person who bought it concluded that it was good in terms of connectivity. Nothingwired.com said in their review “WiFi connectivity is very good with the iPad”. One person who purchased the product wrote that it was wifi compatible. Nothingwired.com wrote “Built-in Wi-Fi” in their review of this digital camera.

Good Flash

A few people mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good flash. Nothingwired.com mentioned “Lacking both a builtin flash and mode dial” in their review of the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm.

Good Quality Lens

A few Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm owners mentioned in their reviews that it had a good autofocus. Nothingwired.com mentioned “Drastically improved focusing performance”.

Nice Design

A few customers who reviewed it considered that it was good looking. Nothingwired.com wrote “Sony gii thiu chic my nh NEXR vi th gii ti trin lm IFA”. One Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm owner who reviewed the product considered that it was a good design. Nothingwired.com wrote “Compact design, goodquality finish”.

Good Screen / Viewfinder

One customer who reviewed the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm reckoned that it had an electronic viewfinder. One customer mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good screen. Nothingwired.com said in their Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm review “Vertical tilt screen 180 upwards for selfportraits or 45 downwards”.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this digital camera is Full HD, which is typical of many cameras of this age and spec.

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Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm supports video capability. Most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec do not support video capability.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras which support video capability currently available including because of it's better review score, the Lumix DMC-GF2[pl_584440_price], or the Lumix DMC-GF5[pl_1433511_price] both from Panasonic.

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Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm supports wi-Fi, which is unusual. Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm do not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of alternative digital cameras which support wi-Fi currently available that you might also want to consider including the Sony Alpha A7 II[plb_2584731_price], or the Samsung 20[plb_2083247_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm supports Full HD video. Most of the other digital cameras of a similar type and age to the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm also support Full HD video.

There are a number of other digital cameras which support Full HD video currently available which you might also want to look at including the Lumix DMC-GF2[pl_584440_price], or the Lumix DMC-GF5[pl_1433511_price] both from Panasonic or the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price] which has better reviews.

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SD Compatible Memory Cards

SD compatible memory cards

This digital camera supports an MS PRO Duo|MS Pro-HG Duo|SD|SDHC|SDXC compatible memory cards, which is typical of many MILC cameras that have been available for a similar time to it. SD cards are by far the most common type of memory card. They are compatible with the majority of digital cameras.

If you are looking for a camera with a better memory card type then you might want to consider the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price] (SD|SDHC|SDXC), or the Samsung 20[plb_2083247_price] (SD| SDHC| SDXC) which also has a higher rating.

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Electronic Camera Shutter Type

This digital camera has an Electronic camera shutter type, which is typical of many digital cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to it.

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Has Eight White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm is more than most similar spec cameras that were launched around the same time as it. This Sony camera has an Auto white balance, which is the most commonly found white balance found on MILC cameras that were launched around the same time as the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm. The white balances "Cloudy", "Custom modes", "Daylight", "Flash", "Fluorescent", "Incandescent" and "Shade" are also found on this camera.

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Has Two Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm is more than most cameras of this age and type. This digital camera has a Vivid photo effects, which is the most commonly found photo effects found on MILC cameras that have been around for more than two years. The photo effects "Black&White" is also found on this camera.

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Has Four Shooting Modess

The number of shooting modes found on the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm is more than most cameras of this type and age. This Sony digital camera has an Auto shooting modes, which is the most commonly found shooting modes found on cameras of a comparable type and age to the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm. The shooting modess "Manual", "Movie" and "Program" are also found on this camera.

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Has One Image Editing

The number of image editing modes found on the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm is more than most MILC cameras that have been available for more than two years. This digital camera has a Rotating image editing, which is the most frequently found image editing found on MILC cameras that have been around for around the same time as the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolutions

This camera supports a video resolutions of 640 x 480|1440 x 1080|1920 x 1080 pixels, which is the most frequently supported video resolutions on cameras of this age and spec. 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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Features Five Auto Focusing (AF) Modess

The Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm has a greater number of auto focusing (AF) modes than most MILC cameras that have been around for a similar time to it. This digital camera features a Single Auto Focus auto focusing (AF) modes, which is the most frequently featured auto focusing (AF) modes featured on cameras of a comparable age and type to the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm. The auto focusing (AF) modess "Centre weighted Auto Focus", "Continuous Auto Focus", "Flexible Spot Auto Focus" and "Multi Point Auto Focus" are also featured on this camera.

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TFT Display

The NEX-5 + E 18-55mm has a TFT display which is better than the LCD display found on most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. TFT LCDs provide better image quality and higher resolutions to earlier LCD displays but their limitations are narrow viewing angles and poor vislibility in direct sunlight. Across all digital cameras of a comparable type and age to the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm the display ranges from LCD to AMOLED.

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Supports One Power Source Type

The number of power sources supported by the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm is more than most MILC cameras that have been available for a comparable time to it. This camera supports a Battery power source type, which is the most commonly supported power source type supported by MILC cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm.

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11 Reasons Against

Difficult to Use

A number of Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm owners who bought this digital camera thought it was not easy to use the menus. Two years ago Nothingwired.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Poorly thoughout menu system”. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Confusing menus”. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Small touch screen buttons, unintuitive menu system, lack of mode dial, lack of builtin flash”.

One person reckoned that the product did not have a good interface. Nothingwired.com mentioned “Optional apps could be better integrated, installation interface isn't great” in their review.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Flash

Most of the other cameras of a comparable age and spec to the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm have a built-in flash, however the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm does not have a built-in flash.

There are a number of other cameras which also have a built-in flash that you might also want to look at including the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2[plb_584440_price], the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price], or the Nikon 1 J3[plb_1858479_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Not 3D

Like most of the other digital cameras of a similar age and spec to the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm, the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm is not 3D.

Cameras which are 3D that might also be worth considering include the Lumix DMC-GF2[pl_584440_price], or the Lumix DMC-GF5[pl_1433511_price] both from Panasonic or the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Have a GPS (satellite)

Like most of the other cameras of this spec and age, the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm does not have a GPS (satellite).

Alternative digital cameras which also have a GPS (satellite) that you might also want to look at include the 20[pl_2083247_price], the NX[pl_2082510_price], or the NX300[pl_2096674_price] all from Samsung.

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Not Waterproof

Like most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm, the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm is not waterproof.

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Does Not Have an Image Stabilizer

Most MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm do not have an image stabilizer. The NEX-5 + E 18-55mm is no exception to this as it too does not have an image stabilizer.

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Quite Small Display Diagonal

The NEX-5 + E 18-55mm has a fairly small display diagonal (only 2.95 inches) compared to most of the other comparable spec cameras that have been around for more than two years. The average display diagonal of MILC cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm is 3".

If you want a digital camera with a larger display diagonal then you might also want to consider the Olympus E-PL5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm + M.ZUIKO ED 45mm[plb_1840381_price] (3"), or the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM5[plb_2547546_price] (3") which also has a higher rating.

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Only Features Four Flash Modess

The Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm has a greater number of flash modes than most digital cameras of this type and age. This camera features an Auto flash modes, which is the most commonly featured flash modes featured on digital cameras of this spec and age. The flash modess "Fill-in", "Flash on" and "Slow synchronization" are also featured on this Sony digital camera.

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Very Low Motion JPEG Frame Rate

With a motion JPEG frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm has a quite low motion JPEG frame rate compared to most of the other cameras that are a comparable age to the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm. The lowest motion JPEG frame rate of cameras of this type and age is 24fps and the highest is 60fps.

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Only 2448 X 1624 Still Image Resolution(s)

The Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm has a higher still image resolution than most digital cameras that are a comparable age to it. This Sony camera has a 2448 x 1624 still image resolution(s), whereas most comparable spec digital cameras that were launched around the same time as it have a 5472 x 3648 still image resolution(s). In addition, this camera have a still image resolution(s) of 3568 x 2368 and 4912 x 3264. The still image resolution of all cameras of a comparable age and type to the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm ranges from 384 x 480 (worst) to 6016 x 4016 (best).

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Very Long Flash Sync-Speed

The average flash sync-speed of cameras that have been around for around the same time as the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm is 0.83s, and the flash sync-speeds range from 0.004s to 4s. The flash sync-speed of the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm of 4 seconds is one of the longest amongst comparable spec cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm

Released Over Four Years Ago

This MILC digital camera was released over four years ago.

Average Megapixel

The Sony NEX-5 + E 18-55mm has a fairly typical megapixel (16.1 megapixels) compared to most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the NEX-5 + E 18-55mm.

If this Sony digital camera megapixel is not high enough for you then you might want to look at the X Vario[pl_1969444_price] (16.2MP), or the T[pl_2550905_price] (16.3MP) both from Leica which also has a higher rating.

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MOS Sensor Type

This camera has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on cameras of a comparable spec and age to it.

There are a number of other digital cameras that have a CMOS sensor currently available which you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the NX200[pl_1494658_price], or the NX300[pl_2096674_price] both from Samsung or the Leica T[plb_2550905_price].

If the sensor type of this MILC digital camera is too bad for you then you might also want to consider the Leica M Monochrom[plb_1983444_price] (CCD and higher rated).

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Specification

Picture Quality
Camera Type
Megapixel
Image Stabilizer
Sensor Type
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Image Sensor Size (W X H)
Total Megapixels
Design
Colour of Product
Lens System
Lens Mount Interface
Focusing
Auto Focusing (AF) Modes
Auto Focus (AF) Lock
Focus
Light Exposure
Light Exposure Modes
ISO Sensitivity (max)
ISO Sensitivity (min)
Auto Exposure (AE) Lock
Light Metering
Shutter
Slowest Camera Shutter Speed
Fastest Camera Shutter Speed
Camera Shutter Type
Flash
Flash Modes
Flash Sync-Speed
Video
Full HD Video
Maximum Video Resolution
Motion JPEG Frame Rate
Video Formats Supported
Video Resolutions
Video Recording
HD Type
Audio
Built-In Microphone
Audio Formats Supported
Voice Recording
Memory
Compatible Memory Cards
Display
Display Diagonal
Display
Touchscreen
Second Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Type
Ports & Interfaces
PictBridge
Camera
White Balance
Shooting Modes
Photo Effects
Self-Timer Delay
Histogram
Anti-Dust Function
Image Editing
Live View
Camera Playback
Brightness Adjustment
Scene Modes
Weight & Dimensions
Height
Depth
Width
Battery
Power Source Type
Battery Life (CIPA Standard)
Battery Level Indicator
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
System Requirements
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Packaging Content
Batteries Included
Networking
Wi-Fi
Network Ready
Other Features
Video Capability
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
On/off Switch
Panorama
Display Tilting

Expert Reviews

(2)
8 January 2015

Updated as on January 2014. Don't forget to bookmark this page, as we will be updating it regularly.Mirrorless cameras are the new cool things in the world of photography. Recently, almost every... Read more…

Various wellplaced and useful buttons
Good image quality
Flipout LCD screen
Produces great images, even in low light
Good (nonmenu) controls
Lacking both a builtin flash and mode dial
Touch screen buttons somewhat undersized
Poorly thoughout menu system
Slow autofocus
Confusing menus
7 June 2013

Hij is lekker handzaam, doet niet onder voor spiegelreflexcamera's en kan in Full HD filmen. Het touchscreen is een leuke gimmick, net als de apps die je erop kunt installeren. Bovendien is hij...

Donkere foto's
Snelle autofocus
Scherp en helder scherm
Qualidade de imagem excelente
AF extremamente rpido, controles fsicos e interface virtual bem completos, tima qualidade e versatilidade de filmagem, display mvel excelente
Flitser presteert ondermaats
Menu's nogal omslachtig
Uitbreiden kan alleen met officile Sony apparatuur
O tamanho pequeno pode incomodar algumas pessoas
WiFi e touchscreen provocaram uma queda sutil na durao da bateria

User Reviews

(3)
Reviewed 1 July 2013 by Clashcity Rocker

Had my eye on a Sony NEX-5 for a while, and was recently in the position to get one, the NEX-5 is now the outgoing model, replaced by the more capable and more functional NEX-5R. So glad I did. I... Read more…

Product arrived quickly
Works great with XP, attained great speeds with my wr 350n router
SMALL PORTABLE
Works great, fast connection speeds and very high range, can read 13 channels when US cards can only read 11 channels
Good signal quality
Have a new computer with Vista 64. This product will simply not work with it. Since a significant proportion of new computers are being sold with this OS, you'd think Linksys would update its driver s
Does not work with xp 64 or vista 64. Card will become un-responsive with extended use ( leaving on all night for updates downloads )
POOR RANGE, LOW SIGNAL STRENTGH ONLY GOING 40 FEET ON SAME LEVEL OF HOUSE WITH MATCHING LINKSYS N ROUTER
Linksys does not have 64 drivers for this card, but I got my 64 drivers from Windows Update
Didn't found anything yet
Reviewed 22 October 2012 by Mr. T. Anderson

Sennheiser is a famous name for headphones, and these gaming headphones certainly feel well made. I also like the way the microphone boom twists neatly out of the way when not required. Cable... Read more…

Detects Hot Spots
Works with Vista 32-bit
This dongle has got to be the coolest wireless netoworking product on the market. (Cool enough in fact, that i'm actually writing this) Installation is just about instant (although, i did NOT use the
Great wireless network adapter with built in wifi finder Does exactly what is says it does. It's kind of neat just going around and seeing what other networks you can find. Is there another product th
One of the best USB wifi adapters that you can buy. Gets the job done and pulls in a pretty good signal compared to most wireless adapters. The built in Wifi finder is nice too. Linksys drivers work v
Software doesn't work with Vista
Linksys has provided Vista drivers for many of their products, this one is not supported
Over-simplified control, there's two buttons (scroll, scan), very often you have to just turn it off and back on for it to respond when setting it up
Expected a stronger signal
Poor tech support, useless in fact
Reviewed 22 September 2014 by Bobby

This item is not anything close to the description. It only includes the body of the camera and battery in an open box (not new), it will come in the box showing two lenses on it and the correct... Read more…

Nothing
No bundle
No lenses
Nothing but body
Not even a charger

+- Manufacturer's Description

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