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.
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.
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
Conclusion: Overall, the NEX-5 accomplishes almost everything it sets out to do. It's slim and compact (particularly with the pancake lens). It's got a lovely LCD, a reasonable selection of lenses, and a better autofocus than its competitors. It also looks fantastic.
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,...
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.
Conclusion: The NEX-5 is likely to have a polar split of opinion: on the one hand it is ultra compact (yet the lenses are rather chunky to match the sensor format) meaning it's easy for get-up-and-go point-and-shoot photography using the intelligent Auto mode; on the other hand its full manual controls are...
Pros: Great image quality, 1080i HD movie
Cons: Fiddly menu system, no standardised hotshoe, long start up delay