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Sony Alpha NEX-5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1290 reviews of Sony Alpha NEX-5. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras for all reviews. Opinions about the size and image quality are generally positive. The portability and performance also get good feedback. There are some critical comments about the zoom and viewfinder.

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price, flash, battery, viewfinder, zoom

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha NEX-5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Sony Alpha NEX-5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 42 user reviews of Sony Alpha NEX-5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.co.uk. Reviewers are impressed by the design and image quality. The performance and usability are also appreciated. There are some mixed comments about the zoom, and some have doubts about the screen.

portability, usability, performance, image quality, design

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98% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Sony Alpha NEX-5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 175 user reviews of Sony Alpha NEX-5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Digital Compact Cameras on Amazon.com. Reviewers really like the lens and portability. The image quality and performance also get good feedback. Many are critical about the exposure and viewfinder. There are some mixed views about the memory.

usability, performance, image quality, portability, lens

viewfinder, exposure

85% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

Dec, 2019

Expert review by : Joe Osborne (pcmag.com)

Sony Alpha NEX-5

 

With a remote drive, 1080p HD video capture and interchangeable lenses packed into one tiny camera, the Sony Alpha NEX-5 is a D-SLR aimed at newcomers to the D-SLR world.

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Nov, 2010

Expert review by : Derrick Story (pcworld.com)

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.

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.com)

Sony Alpha NEX-5 review

 

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.

May, 2010

Expert review by : Richard Butler (lens section by Andy Westlake) (dpreview.com)

Sony Alpha NEX-5

 

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...

Gadget lovers, Panoramics, Alpha system users wanting a compatible micro system

Users wanting manual control over their camera

The NEX-5 is a dramatic and original approach to camera design - the downside being that it can't fall back on years of evolutionary improvement. Instead its small, sleek, well built body contains one of the strangest interfaces we've encountered in a...

Jun, 2007

Expert review by : William Chambers (steves-digicams.com)

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...

Nov, 2010

Recommended!

Expert review by (letsgodigital.org)

Sony NEX-5 review

 

Following Panasonic, Olympus and Samsung, Sony has also joined the road of the small system cameras. The interest in such compact camera systems is big, but strangely enough, the answer to this success was a long time coming by big names such as Canon,...

Now that Sony has put itself onto the system cameras market with the Sony NEX-5, the attention for this segment of cameras will only increase. This is a positive development. The existing system cameras by Panasonic, Olympus and Samsung all take as...

Expert review by : Jeremy Stamas (camcorderinfo.com)

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...

Jun, 2010

Recommended

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (photographyblog.com)

Sony NEX-5 Review

 

The Sony NEX-5 is Sony's first mirrorless interchangeable-lens system camera, along with the less well-specced NEX-3 model that was launched alongside it. Featuring a 14.2 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, 25-point contrast-detect autofocus system,...

Lacking the charm of the Olympus Pen series, the usability of the Panasonic G range and Samsung NX10, or the quirkiness and lateral thinking behind the Ricoh GXR, Sony is majoring on its all-conquering brand name and ready-made mass-market...

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Jeff Keller (dcresource.com)

Alpha NEX-5

 

(starting at $549 and $649, respectively). These very similar cameras are so small that they can be mistaken for point-and-shoots, especially when you're using the pancake lens. I'll be covering the NEX-5 in this review, though 99% of what you read...

Excellent image quality, especially at high sensitivities ; Ultra-compact body with interchangeable lenses (though see below) ; Beautiful, high resolution, articulating 3" LCD; very good outdoor visibility ; Well-implemented live view with fast...

Ultra-compact body means no mode dial, few buttons, and lots of things to block with your fingers ; No built-in flash; included external flash not powerful, has redeye issues; no support for standard external flashes ; Not as many manual controls (e.g....

Now that Sony has worked out a lot of the initial quibbles that reviewers (this one included) had with the NEX-5, it's become a camera that's much more pleasant to use. It offers a compact body (though the lenses are giant), great photo quality, a ton...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : thinkdigit.com (thinkdigit.com)

Sony NEX-5 Review

 

At Rs. 34,990, the Sony NEX-5 is expensive, but it also delivers near-dSLR quality with a much smaller body. A stylish camera, although, the removable lens system makes it nearly as inconvenient as a dSLR. The lack of variety in E-mount lenses will...

Great performance for a compact camera owing to the large sensor, Very good low light performance, Well built

Lack of manual controls, Sensor slightly noisier than mid-range dSLR cameras like the Canon EOS 7D and Nikon D300s, Expensive and rather niche, many will prefer an entry level dSLR

Jan, 2011

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