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Sony NEX-5R

alaTest has collected and analyzed 107 reviews from magazines and websites. Comments about the responsiveness and usability are overall positive. The lens and value for money also get good opinions, but there are some mixed opinions about the exposure. Some have doubts about the reliability and features.

portability, value for money, lens, usability, responsiveness

flash, features, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Compact System Cameras the Sony NEX-5R is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 107 reviews)

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Sony Alpha NEX-5R Review


If you're wondering why compact system cameras like Sony's Alpha NEX-5R are gaining in popularity, it's because they are ideal “next step” models. They offer the flexibility of interchangeable lenses without the overwhelming feeling one gets when...

Produces great images, even in low light ; Good (non-menu) controls ; Tilting touchscreen

Slow autofocus ; Confusing menus ; Silly “app store” concept

The Sony NEX-5R is a solid interchangeable lens camera that will (sometimes) make you forget about your DSLR.

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Sony NEX-5R review: can the best mirrorless camera get even better?


Earlier this year, I made a pretty drastic change in my camera set up. I left behind my trusty Canon DSLR, and the lenses and accessories that had served me well for six years, and I picked up a Sony NEX-5N mirrorless camera. My reason for making the...

Great low-light performance ; Excellent video capture ; Improved handling over previous generation

Small lens selection ; No viewfinder ; Controls are still limited

Sony's improvements to the NEX-5R make it an even better value than it was before

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Sony Alpha NEX-5R (with 18-55mm lens, Silver)


Setting its sights on a "new" set of photographers -- people who want to replace their low-end dSLRs with something a lot more compact -- Sony's evolved the midrange Alpha NEX-5N into the more control-friendly and connected NEX-5R. With a new sensor...

Sony Alpha NEX-5R delivers excellent photo quality, even in dimmer light, and provides more physical controls than some of its predecessors for a more streamlined shooting design.

The wireless connectivity and apps "ecosystem" implementations are far less than this camera deserves.

It's a great camera choice for high-quality stills and a streamlined shooting design under $800, but the Sony Alpha NEX-5R falls short when it comes to sharing your shots online.


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Sony Alpha NEX-5R


Sony's NEX camera series has grown from two models to four, and the new Alpha NEX-5R ($749.99 direct with 18-55mm lens) now occupies a difficult position in the lineup. It costs $150 more than our Editors' Choice entry-level compact interchangeable...

Tilting, touch-screen LCD. Optional EVF available. Built-in Wi-Fi. Great high ISO performance. 9fps burst shooting

No built-in flash. So-so kit lens. No hot shoe. No dedicated battery charger. Some camera apps cost money

The Sony Alpha NEX-5R is a small interchangeable-lens camera built around a big, excellent image sensor, but it's a tough sell when you consider the rest of Sony's NEX lineup, including our Editors' Choice, the less-expensive Alpha NEX-F3.

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Sony NEX-5R review: focusing and performance improvements make this cam a winner


Sony announces 16.1MP NEX-5R with Fast Hybrid AF, WiFi and downloadable apps Sony Alpha NEX-6 sample shots and video Sony NEX-6 mirrorless cam squeezes in between 5R and 7 with WiFi, EVF and dedicated mode dial By some accounts, Sony botched the...

Drastically improved focusing performance ; Excellent image quality and battery life ; 10 frames-per-second stills ; 180-degree rotatable LCD

No microphone input ; WiFi app issues at launch

Sony's third-generation NEX-5 delivers excellent performance for a manageable price.

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Sony NEX-5R Preview


Sony continues to add powerful new models to their NEX line of mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras, and for the fall of 2012 they've added the NEX-5R. This unit builds off of the NEX-5N that was released in late 2011, with some impressive...

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Sony NEX-5R Review: Classy, Compact and Connected


The Sony NEX-5R is the successor to the NEX-5N, which turned lots of heads and drew the attention of many to the NEX camera system. The camera was small enough and shot video footage that was satisfactory for the BBC to use for a web series. The...

Great image quality up to 6400 ; Fast focusing ; Compact size ; Improved battery life ; Addition of new dials to make access to settings much simpler and quicker ; WiFi connectivity is very good with the iPad but not so great with Android phones ;...

Our touchscreen wasn't as responsive ; Old hot shoe ; Weird placement of the playback button ; Could have done better with at least an older EVF built in

Sony's NEX-5R is overall quite a minor update to the old NEX-5N--but the changes that are there really count. The WiFi transmission feature is really quite cool for photographers, journalists or enthusiasts that need to shoot and share on the spot. The...

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Sony Alpha NEX-5R


Sony's newest mid-range NEX offers some of the series' best image quality.

It's almost like Sony doesn't want to sell NEX-7s anymore. Apart from a few key missing features—the built-in viewfinder, Tri-Navi control setup, and higher-res sensor—the NEX-5R not only surpasses its predecessor, but competes directly with the top of...

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Sony NEX-5R Review


In a press release introducing the camera the company asked:

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"I love the feel of the camera."


If you're a beginner that wants quality that won't hurt your pocket here you go!

The extra features

The Menu is okay

Product Specifications


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


Bluetooth: No
PictBridge: Yes
WiFi Connectivity: Yes

General Features

3D: No
Chip Type:CMOS
Sensor Size:23.5 x 15.6 mm


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
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


Aperture Priority: No
Face Detection Mode:Face + Smile Detection
Movie / Voice Recording:Movie + Voice
RAW Format: No
Serial Shot Mode: Yes
Shutter Priority: No