Summary: Beginners stepping up from a Sony Cyber-shot compact camera will feel instantly at home with the NEX-5, and will love the huge jump in quality. But, if what you really want is a digital SLR in a pint-sized package, this camera isn't for you.
Cons: Awkward user interface; limited movie controls; daft clip-on flash.
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.
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.
Summary: 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 likely be a crippling factor, as will the lack of dedicated buttons. However, no other compact camera gives as good low-light performance.
Pros: Great performance for a compact camera owing to the large sensor, Very good low light performance, Well built
Cons: 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
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.
Excerpt: The Sony Nex 5 is a Micro Four Thirds camera with a 14.2 megapixel APD HD CMOS sensor. It even records 1080i high definition video. Other features of note include Sweep Panorama, letting you stitch a series of shots taken simultaneously to create panoramas by stitching them together, not to mention the option for 3D shooting.
Excerpt: The Sony NEX-5 is the smallest interchangeable lens system camera on the market, using a new APS HD CMOS sensor. Is the NEX-5 the new king of 'hybrid' cameras? The What Digital Camera Sony NEX-5...
Summary: The Sony NEX-5 is tiny and it takes DSLR-quality pictures as well as offering up some special shooting modes and decent HD video. It's an impressive first step in this new breed of ultra-compact performers and we can forgive the few kinks we found due to its overall stellar performance.
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...