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Sony Alpha NEX-5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1208 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the image quality and responsiveness. The usability and lens also get good reviews. There are some negative opinions about the viewfinder and features. Comments about the reliability and exposure are different.

portability, lens, usability, responsiveness, image quality

flash, features, viewfinder

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Sony Alpha NEX-5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 88/100 = Very good quality.

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Sony NEX-5: Finally, A Giant Leap!


Point and shoot cameras are preferred by most of us because they are cheap and easy to use. Every one of us would like to own a DSLR camera but the learning curve is a deterrent. Companies such as Olympus and Panasonic tried to bring the best of both...

After seeing so many cameras come out through the years, each with tiny improvements over the last, it hasn’t been the most exciting of times in the point-and-shoot camera segment. We’re happy to report that the NEX-5 is one of the most exciting...

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Sony Alpha NEX-5NDigital Camera Review


The Sony NEX-5N is the update to one of Sony's first NEX cameras, the NEX-5. At first glance the camera does not seem much different from its predecessor, but (figuratively) look under the hood and you'll realize the NEX-5N is a different beast...

Put the Sony NEX-5N and its predecessor, the NEX-5, next to each other and you’d be hard-pressed to tell the difference. Like a “spot the difference” comic in the newspaper, the NEX-5N’s aesthetic changes are few and far between. Once you see the shots...

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Sony Alpha NEX-5NFirst Impressions Review


The Sony NEX-5N is the midrange model of Sony's 2011 NEX lineup, with an overall design similar to 2010's NEX-5 but with a number of smart additions that streamline operation. The most notable addition is the touchscreen interface, which adds an extra...

Regardless of how you feel about the practicality of the NEX system, and the idea of designing a compact system camera that, with lens in tow, doesn’t fit in your pocket, the NEX-5N is a significant advancement towards fleshing out what this system is...


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Sony Alpha NEX-5 Review


Sony has entered the market for smaller interchangeable lens cameras with a bold design that incorporates an APS-C size sensor for great image quality in a smaller and lighter package with superb build quality for it's class, combined with a new lens...

Great Build Quality ; Very Comfortable size and weight ; APS-C Size sensor allows for high quality images ; Ability to record 1080i video with Stereo Sound ; Fast and Quiet Contrast Detect AF system using NEX lenses ; Superb High Resolution LCD ;...

Default Metering settings give brighter than desired exposures in some conditions ; Limited Lens Availability without using an Adapter (only 3 NEX lens models so far) ; Limited External Controls compared to some competing models ; No Viewfinder...

Sony has entered the market for smaller interchangeable lens cameras with a bold design that incorporates an APS-C size sensor for great image quality in a smaller and lighter package with superb build quality for it's class, combined with a new lens...

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Sony Alpha NEX-5


The Sony Alpha NEX-5, which brings together features from both point-and-shoots and DSLRs, embodies the out-of-the-box thinking that gadgeteers often admire about Sony. Its high-performance features--including a 14.6-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, a...

Solid image quality ; Accepts both SD/SDHC and Memory Stick cards ; Innovative modes, including Sweep Panorama ; HD movie recording with stereo audio ; Compact design with DSLR capabilities ; Excellent burst mode

No built-in flash ; Proprietary accessory mount and new lens mount

Sony's first interchangeable-lens compact camera, the NEX-5 offers image and video quality on a par with a DSLR and has unique modes that go beyond anything else in its class. The only thing missing is a built-in flash.

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Sony NEX-5 Digital Camera Review


The Alpha NEX-5 looks like the combination of an SLR lens and a point and shoot camera, and handles like one too, with many of the advantages of an SLR without the bulk. We found that the performance of the camera was disappointing, though, with...

The NEX-5 looks like some kind of evil experiment where a mad scientist grafted an SLR lens onto a point and shoot camera. We won't speculate on if Sony cackled evilly as they created it, but the result is an interesting camera that is the smallest...


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Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3 Review


Ever since Panasonic and Olympus created their Micro Four Thirds mirrorless system, all the talk has been about what the other players in the market will do. Micro Four Thirds has been steadily building its market share, seemingly without response from...

Small, innovative designs that are still comfortable to hold ; High resolution sensor with excellent High ISO performance (in PASM modes) ; Good JPEG output quality ; Great build quality (particularly NEX-5) ; Metal barrelled lenses feel impressive...

High ISO capability (a major advantage of its large sensor) unavailable in iAuto mode ; Constant overexposure of images wastes highlight capabilities (and no exposure compensation to correct it in iAuto mode) ; Consumes battery quickly if you use the...

The NEX-5 is a dramatic and original approach to camera design, offering some of the best image quality its class in a tiny, sleek body. It's not perfect as a camera to just point-and-shoot but in the hands of someone willing to take a little control...


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Sony Alpha NEX-5


Truly compact and lightweight ; Rich, accurate colors ; Very good 1080i videos ; Superior 3-inch adjustable screen

Very noisy at highest ISOs ; Limited lens selection ; Would like color-coordinated attachments ; Even more of a slam-dunk if it were cheaper

Once you pick up the Sony NEX-5, you’ll quickly realize you have photography’s future in your hands.

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 (with 16mm lens, Silver)


Eagerly anticipated ever since Sony floated its wood-block concept designs at the PMA show in February 2010, Sony's debut interchangeable-lens models, the Alpha NEX-5 and NEX-3 are the smallest entrants to date, with a lot to appeal to both enthusiasts...

Excellent high-ISO-sensitivity photo quality; quiet, fast lenses good for shooting video and comfortable for manual focus; compact, with a nice physical design and control layout; large, tilting LCD

No EVF option; frequently annoying user interface; unusual amount of distortion on 18-55mm kit lens; no neutral image color settings

For a lot of people, the excellent high-sensitivity photo quality, competitive performance, and an ultracompact body will likely outweigh the Sony Alpha NEX-5's quirks and operational annoyances.

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 DSLR Camera Review


The Alpha NEX-5 ($699 MSRP) is Sony's first attempt at a video-capable camera with an interchangeable lens system. The camera doesn't offer much in terms of manual controls for video, but it does have a very good continual autofocus system—and it can...

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Flash: Yes
Changeable Lens: Yes
Image Stabiliser:No / Optical Image Stabiliser
Integrated GPS Module: No
Touchscreen:No / Yes
View Finder Type:LCD Monitor


Bluetooth: No
HDMI Interface: Yes
PictBridge:No / Yes
WiFi Connectivity: No

General Features

3D:3D enabled
Bridge Camera: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Product Type:Compact Camera
Sensor Size:23.4 x 15.6 mm / 23.5 x 15.6 mm
SLR / Compact:Compact Camera


Longest Shutter Speed in s:30
Shortest Shutter Speed in s:1/4000


Compact Flash Card: No
Memory Stick / Memory Stick Pro: No
Memory Stick Duo / Duo Pro: Yes
Memory Type:External
Micro Drive: No
Multimedia Card: No
SDXC Card: Yes
Secure Digital Card: Yes
Secure Digital High Capacity Card: Yes
XD Card: No

Power Supply

Battery Model:Sony NP-FW50
Battery Type:Sony NP-FW50


Aperture Priority: Yes
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: Yes
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: Yes