Conclusion: 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.
Pros: The Sony NEX-5 feels really slim and tiny in the hand, but the magnesium alloy body also makes it feel reassuringly sturdy. The lens mount and lenses click snugly into place. The anti-reflective 3-inch screen is sharp and can be tilted for tricky angles, while button-wise, the lineup is very simple – three buttons and a control wheel next to the screen plus shutter, video and playback up top. The layout is simple and the control wheel changes whichever function you're...
Cons: There's no built-in optical viewfinder, which might annoy some dedicated photography fans. ISO, metering, focus are all controlled vis menu screens, so there's via the menu screens and there's a little bit of a lag. The battery life is slightly disappointing: we found it powering down pretty quickly, especially given the lack of physical controls. There’s no built-in flash, but Sony includes a small flash unit that can be attached to the accessory port. It’s not parti...
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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.
Excerpt: Sony hinted at this camera in February and we couldn’t wait to use it. What is “it”? A small, lightweight camera with the large imaging sensors found in DSLRs as well as interchangeable lens capability. Not only that, the new Sony NEX-5 shoots AVCHD 1080i video without the focusing hassles of bulkier DSLRs, has a 7 fps burst mode and will even take 3D-ready Sweep Panorama images. How cool is that?
Pros: Truly compact and lightweight, Rich, accurate colors, Very good 1080i videos, Superior 3-inch adjustable screen
Cons: Very noisy at highest ISOs, Limited lens selection, Would like color-coordinated attachments, Even more of a slam-dunk if it were cheaper
Conclusion: The Sony Nex-5 is a very impressive camera. Picture quality is eye catching and is a clear step up from a standard digital camera. Build quality is also top drawer. It has a set of features that is a step up from the most basic Digital SLRs. All of this is packed into a small, lightweight body.
Pros: Small size - clarity of pictures - build quality
Cons: Fiddly flash unit - limited range of compatible lenses with E mount - can overexpose photos
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Pros: Very low noise right upto ISO3200+, Accurate battery life information (Infolithium), Ultra small camera... (but large lenses), High resolution tilting screen, Large rubberised hand grip, 7fps continuous shooting, Great build quality, Great colour
Cons: Softer images than the competition, Non-standard flash socket, Menu system / controls (no touchscreen to make up for the lack of buttons), Very few buttons on the camera (more on Cybershots), Large lenses
Excerpt: The NEX-5 embodies the out-of-the-box thinking that gadget fans often admire about Sony. This camera brings together features from both point-and-shoots and digital SLRs. Its high-performance features, which include the 14.2mp, APS-C CMOS sensor, a 25-point autofocus system, and a 7fps burst mode, go beyond the world of compact cameras.
Pros: Compact design with digital SLR capabilities; excellent burst mode; Solid image quality.
Cons: No built-in flash; proprietary accessory mount and new lens mount.