Excerpt: Sony packed quite a few really nice features into its latest mirrorless digital interchangeable lens camera, the NEX-5T. This model has great image quality and Sony is offering it at a good price.
Summary: Sony's NEX range is shaping up to be a powerful force in the compact system camera market. With Sony's in-house expertise in sensor technology, image processing and optical design, the cameras combine innovative cutting edge technology with well though-out design and photographic excellence.
Conclusion: All our gripes about in-camera app purchases aside, there's a reason the Sony NEX-5T made our best-of-year list. It's a well-priced midrange option with killer imaging chops. The minor, minor updates to the 5T may have done little to change what we didn't like about this NEX, but everything we loved before is still intact. So, with that in mind, we can wholeheartedly recommend the barely refreshed, less expensive NEX-5T. Samsung's underrated NX300 is a great choice, too.
Excerpt: The SONY NEX system has been around for quite some time. It’s been using the APS-C crop sensor as its first mirror-less system while relying on the company’s own E-Mount ingeniously when the mirrorless market was still at its infancy. At that point in time, having a full-frame 35mm equivalent sensor would have priced the NEX cameras out of reach for many. Using the 16.1 MegaPixel APS-C sized crop sensor was, and still is, a good balance of size, price and image quality.
Excerpt: In the late summer of 2013, Sony announced the "ultra-portable" αlpha NEX-5T compact camera system. The NEX-5T is Sony's first interchangeable lens camera capable of NFC (Near Field Communication) one touch wireless connectivity with compatible Android smartphones and tablets. After initial setup, this automatic connection allows instant video and still image sharing between your NEX-5T and mobile device.
Conclusion: It’s easy recommending the Sony NEX-5T. It grabs images that are this close to Fujifilm CSCs using the X-Trans CMOS sensor. Since Sony supplies chips for practically everyone, they could even be the same imaging device but we slightly prefer the photos of the X-M1 , which are just a bit sharper thanks to the Fujifilm glass. Where Sony beats Fujifilm – and practically everyone else – is its 60p videos that seem to jump off the screen.
Pros: Superior stills and videos, Advanced Hybrid AF, Built-in Wi-Fi/NFC
Cons: Poor flash/display design, Learning curve for onscreen menus
Conclusion: Sitting in the middle of Sony's CSC range, it competes with the likes of the Olympus PEN E-PL5 and Panasonic G6, although, of those, only the latter also features Wi-Fi and NFC. Probably the closest camera is the Samsung NX300, which includes Wi-Fi and NFC and also has an APS-C sized sensor.
Excerpt: , and adds NFC to make setup of Wi-Fi connections quicker and simpler. The Sony NEX-5 series is one of the best selling Sony NEX cameras in Sony's range of mirrorless cameras, and is one of the smallest mirrorless cameras available from Sony, particularly when bought with the 16-50mm Power Zoom kit lens shown here.
Pros: Comfortable to hold, Extremely compact with 16-50mm lens, Good image quality and colour, 10fps continuous shooting, Quick focus and shutter response, Wi-Fi and NFC, Sony Apps available, Low noise
Cons: Vignetting with 16-50mm lens, Strong noise reduction