Excerpt: I really enjoy the tilt feature on the viewfinder. The presets like landscape produce some great results. The only draw back for me is you have to make sure you have a full charge on your battery when you head out for the day. Got caught one time when the camera sat for a week and the battery charge level was almost dead.
Excerpt: I`m using this camera only for video recording of landscapes. Very-very acceptable quality. -large sensor -rock solid build quality -good ergonomics -relatively small in size Problems: When doing some photos, i had noticed that lens quality is rather poor (16mm fixed), if we compare it, for example, with Sigma DP1X EXCELLENT fixed lens.
Summary: This is the third attempt at writing a review of the NEX5. If you are a newby to photography, take a pass as there's a learning curve you will have to go through and the menu system, and Sony's unique feature terminology, don't make it easy on you. If you are an accomplished photographer, consider you are purchasing a fairly expensive camera many point-and-shoots can outperform. Think S95/100, or the G series.
Summary: We got this camera because it looked cool and having the interchangeable lens seemed to be a very attractive feature. Don't get me wrong the quality of the pictures is good; however if you want real zoom you need to get a different lens ; the high definition video file format is not easy to view on a PC. We now wonder if we should have gotten a friendlier Cannon instead.
Claire Jordan "Filmmaker - "The Baroness ..., Amazon
17 July 2011
Summary: Length:: 2:10 Mins Let me start by saying that I LOVE this camera... as a still camera. The photos it shoots are very impressive. The lenses, though currently limited in range, are very nice (I have them all.) I love the small, compact size, the progressive engineering and innovative technology. As a still camera, I think the NEX 5 is a thing of beauty. ..
Summary: I've had the NEX-5 for four months now and have not been able to get to the point where I like it very much. The lack of an optional viewfinder to match the zoom lens means there are lots of times that the camera is borderline unusable (bright light from behind). The image quality is OK not great. I'm comparing this to my canon G10 which I hope the Nex-5 would replace.
Summary: I received this as a gift. Well it is small and funky but has some glaring design faults: 1. no flash... you have to buy it extra and when you do the camera + flash will not fit into the old style wrap around camera case. The design is such that you do not want to attach/remove it each time you wish to use it. 2. the menu system forces you to go through a couple of steps just to change certain things.... step backwards.
Summary: This camera is almost everything I wanted, but beware of one thing... The camera will not record continuous videos over 29 minutes. At 29 minutes, this thing shuts off! Requiring you to press record again. This may/may not be an issue, but I contacted Sony and they stated that this is a "feature"! They also have no plans (at the time of this review), to update the firmware to disable this "feature".
Summary: Excellent build quality, easy to hold, just the right weight. Love the tilt out screen. The Nex5 looks like a super-model camera, very attractive with polished metal and dark tones. Hot! However...the image quality is way too soft. I had a hard time taking a clear crisp pictures even in good lighting. Some of the reviews I have read agreed and blamed it on the kit lens being poor (cheap glass).
Summary: Pros: Fantastic image quality. Rich, colorful and sharp. Movie quality is decent. Autofocus works very well. Camera body and lens look and feel like high quality in your hands. VERY compact. Perfect for travel or those needing to reduce bulk. Impressive 18-55mm lens. Smart user interface. Sony makes it easy to update firmware. My camera arrived with firmware version 1.0.