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.
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...
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: If you simply want to take good pictures now, without turning into a DSLR bore, or turning your hobby into either a career, or something that swallows all your spare cash, we can't help but like the NEX-5.
Conclusion: At one point, Sony was synonymous with innovation. The company lost its way a little and Apple—among others—kicked its butt. Apple with its iPad and iPhone still drives a good chunk of the electronics business, but with gear like the NEX-5 and TX7 Sony is once again dominating digital imaging – by far. The new alpha NEX-5 is truly a breakthrough and even if you’re not in the market to spend over $600 for a camera, you should play with it at a local store.
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
Excerpt: The Sony NEX-5 has recently been given a new lease of life, with an updated firmware that adds creative filters introduced with the NEX-C3. We review the Sony NEX-5 to see how it performs.
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.