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.
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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.
Conclusion: Overall, the NEX-5 is on par with most mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras in the market and it is extremely portable. It takes decent photos, has added consumer features from its compact camera cousins and records great HD videos. The NEX-5 is a beginner friendly camera that shortens the learning curve for those who have little to no camera experience in photography.
Pros: Takes great HD videos; has additional modes like sweep panorama; fast continuous shooting speed.
Cons: Oddly placed playback button, cumbersome menu system.
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
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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