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: 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.
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...
Excerpt: The Sony Nex-5 is a great camera that I would consider buying and carrying with me at all times as a very good, compact alternative to my dSLR. I could pretty much just leave it there, but I want to tell you some of the great stuff and, despite what I’ve just said, a couple of the things that annoyed me, too.
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. The existing system cameras by Panasonic, Olympus and Samsung all take as their starting point the minimization of the DSLR camera. In our opinion, this is a clear difference between Sony and the other trio.
Conclusion: Interchangeable lens cameras are an exciting technology that brings direct focus, improved low light shooting and miniaturization to the high quality photography space. For years, you had to move up to an SLR to get better images and interchangeable lenses, even if you didn’t want the weight and complexity. ILCs have changed that, and Sony’s on the right track with their large sensor, super-small and lightweight NEX series.
Pros: Fantastic photos from a tiny camera, great build quality., Pro:
Cons: We want more lenses to choose from, some features not available in auto mode., Con:
Excerpt: (1 items) The NEX-5 embodies the out-of-the-box thinking that gadgeteers often admire about Sony. This camera brings together features from both point-and-shoots and DSLRs. Its high-performance features, including the 14.2-megapixel, APS-C CMOS sensor, a 25-point auto focus system, and a 7 fps burst mode, go beyond the world of compact cameras.
Pros: Compact design with DSLR capabilities, Excellent burst mode, Solid image quality, Innovative modes including Sweep Panorama, HD movie recording with stereo audio
Cons: No built-in flash, Proprietary accessory mount and new lens mount
Summary: Sony's NEX-5 (and NEX-3) interchangeable lens compact digitals are the latest additions to a class that has only recently seen competition arrive to contest sales with the class founders. The NEX-5 comes in with competitive ISO and image quality performance, and while a bit light on lenses for its introduction, the arrival of the stabilized 18-200mm zoom later this year will give the camera a decent focal range with the "E" mount glass.
Pros: Good image and color quality, Dedicated video capture button, Autofocus and exposure during video capture, Tilting monitor
Cons: Settings via menus can be time consuming, Accessory port limits viewfinder/flash/stereo recording options
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. However, I think Sony has missed a trick by not including a function button that would help speed up the use of the camera for existing DSLR users.