Sony NEX-5 – the world’s smallest interchangeable lens camera – review
2 July 2011
Conclusion: All in all, Sony’s NEX-5 ultra-compact Micro Four Thirds camera is certainly impressive, although at the $650 starting price, it is definitely very expensive – you can add $100 more and get a great DSLR with flash and an additional lens! Sony has always been known for expensive products, though, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Excerpt: A Guest Post by Chris Folsom from Studio Tempura . Here was my dilemma : I love photography and want to have a camera with me as often as possible, but carrying a DSLR at all times is less than practical. But I want better image quality than most cellphones and point-and-shoots are capable of.
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Summary: Sony’s answer to Micro Four Third cameras impressed us with its smaller than usual body, good build quality and most importantly very good DSLR-image quality. For its price and size, the NEX-5 is a very good buy as it scores high on features and performance. It also records above average HD (1080i) video quality.
Excerpt: 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 worlds by introducing micro four third cameras which are somewhere in between a DSLR and a point and shoot.
Excerpt: The power of a D-SLR packed into one tiny digital camera , Sony's NEX-5 ($649.99 starting) packs a 14.2 megapixel resolution in a 16mm lens and a 3-inch LCD display. In other words, it's brother to the Alpha NEX-3 ($499.99 starting) in almost every way. Though, there are a few major differences to explain that $150 difference in price. While the two cameras look identical, it's what's on the inside that counts.
Summary: 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 is capable of superb results.
Pros: 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 compared to peers, Tiltable high-resolution screen, Point-and-shoot interface that provides optional control of aperture, Interesting extra features such as in-camera HDR and sweep panorama, Good, clear live view magnification ...
Cons: 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 screen a lot between shots, Poor shot-to-shot times (if you want to see a post-shot review image), 'Bkground Defocus' feature can encourage the use of the wrong settings, Screw-on flash awkward to attach, Screen can be diff...
Summary: 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.
Pros: 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.
Cons: No EVF option; frequently annoying user interface; unusual amount of distortion on 18-55mm kit lens; no neutral image color settings.
World's Smallest, Lightest Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
28 December 2010
Excerpt: We’ve got a new player in town. The town of mirrorless, interchangeable-lens digital compacts that is. Think: compact cameras w/swappable lenses. At half the size and weight of Sony’s smallest DSLR (?230), the just-announced Sony Alpha NEX-5 ($600-$700) is Sony’s digital+glass volley into the red-hot interchangeable-lens market.
Summary: What we liked about the Sony Nex-5 is that you get many of the features that you would find on a DSLR, the ability to change lenses when you need to, plus the range of features on offer make the NEX-5 an excellent camera. Don’t expect it to replace you DSLR, as you wont find all the functionality and customization that you would in a DSLR, but it could be used as an alternative in a lot of situations.