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, ...
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 ti...
Conclusion: Sony NEX-5 system camera review 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.
Summary: The joint development of the Micro Four Thirds system by Olympus and Panasonic allowed them to be first in the market with mirrorless, interchangeable-lens compact digitals that offer DSLR-like image quality in sub-DSLR size camera bodies.
Pros: Good quality images, Tilting LCD, Dedicated video button
Cons: Dense menu system, AVCHD not widely supported, Battery life just OK
Summary: At first glance it is difficult to know what to make of the NEX-5. Its unconventional looks make it seem something of a novelty, but it is actually an extremely powerful camera.
Compact camera users should find it much easier to use than a DSLR.
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...
Conclusion: We've all been waiting in anticipation for the three leading DSLR brands to enter the CSC market, and with Canon and Nikon yet to make their move it's Sony who places its cards on the table first, with the NEX cameras. There are two 14.2MP models in the initial offering (NEX-3 and NEX-5).
Excerpt: Bruce Buckman is confused by Sony’s new interchangeable lens camera. Like Olympus’s E-PL1 also reviewd this issue, Sony’s NEX-5 wants bring the advantages of a dLSR sensor and an interchangeable lens system to a novice user audience in small compact camera format.
Pros: Good image quality, Great noise reduction, Robust build
Cons: Unintuitive menu system, Poor external flash, Often confused and competing design principles