Summary: I actually never received this item from amazon on time for my vacation so I received a refund ($449 on lighting deals), and purchased the same thing in Japan. The camera is great although I have still yet to figure out different function. You just have to watch out on this particular item because it comes with a pancake lens (16mm). Another set comes with the 18-55mm lens that is a lot easier to use, especially with some zoom.
Excerpt: After the NEX3, like many others, I felt the itch for the NEX5. The magnesium build and better movie capabilities are certainly enticing, but the sleek body is a hot feature, especially for street shooting. The upgrading functionality of the NEX5 vs. the cheaper NEX3, is entirely firmware. That being said, the shutter release is definitely more quite and sturdy sounding compared to the NEX3. It is something that helps in a crowded environment.
Summary: i really like this camera mainly because the photos are very good looking. its so much more compact than a big dslr and thats mainly why i bought it. i just wish the shutter button was faster, its not as slow as cheap cameras but not as fast a big dslr. it takes time to learn the settings but once u get the hang of it the results are amazing. this camera is for people who want professional looking pics without the hassle of carrying around a heavy camera.
Excerpt: An interchangeable lens rangefinder-ish camera with a modern Sony sensor? Yes please, I thought. Have had it a year now and what it does, it does well. I'm still finding new features. It's also the first camera that made me feel redundant as a photographer. JPEGs are excellent to the point I rarely need worry about RAW, the HDR and Panoramic functions are pure gold, low-light capability constantly surprises me.
Excerpt: I started using old M42-mount lenses with my Sony A100. Then I used an A350 that I modified to use a dual-split screen to make focus easier. However, my old Minolta Rokkor lenses couldn't focus to infinity without an adapter that had IQ-destroying glass elements in it. The micro 4/3 cameras never seemed viable -- I like wide angles, and a 2X crop makes no old glass very wide. Then came the NEX-5, which I've been using for a year now.
"very good camera - small with great picture quality"
27 September 2011
Pros: size, image quality and build. Pictures are indistinguishable from DSLR (Nikon DX). On a long hiking trip this past summer (where small camera=good camera) I couldn't have been more pleased. I played around with some of the low light and "color enha
Cons: The lack of a through the lens view-finder is the camera's biggest drawback for me (when comparing it to a DLSR). In very bright light images on the lcd are tough to see... but I knew that going in. The new Nex-5N may solve that - annoyingly the LCD v
Summary: As a fan of digital photography, i have owned and operated primarily on the Nikon bandwagon, starting off with a Nikon D70 until i finally settled on the D300. So far , i am not yet compelled to purchase an upgrade for my DSLR however, i wanted to complement my setup by adding a camera with HD video capture capabilities that is more portable and consumer looking (yeah, some places that I visit is just anti-DSLR) camera.
Excerpt: When I heard that the NEX-5 can accept many other camera lenses, I instently decided I must have it. I can use my old Leica R 6.2 lenses on it with proper adapters. I've been playing with it now for about a week and am finding that the minue is quite intuitive. I like the way it is devided into six parts; Shoot mode wheel, Camera, Image Size Brightness/Color, Brightness/Color, Playback, and Setup.
Excerpt: This is just a splendid little camera. The 16mm and 18-55mm lenses feel very high quality (though they are about average as far as kits go) and the body is extremely solid. However, the real power of this camera comes when it is using true rangefinder lenses. Coupled with a newer Leica this camera remains compact and the images are stunning, while the price remains well below that of any digital rangefinders on the market that could possibly match it.