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Sony NEX-5R

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Overall 9

Sony NEX-5R Review

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17 September 2013
  • Summary: The Sony NEX-5R is a significant upgrade of the NEX-5N for both usability both for customization. The Wi-Fi connectivity and app Sony makes this camera attractive for those who want to stay connected and share their footage with simplicity and immediacy. Furthermore, the new Fn button and switch on the top side familiarize you with the controls of this ambitious integrated advanced interchangeable lens system camera with a mid-range.
  • Pros: Great images and videos, Effective management of noise, Integrated Wi-Fi, APS-C sensor, Quick access to social networks, Auto focus performance.
  • Cons: Missing the viewfinder, Limited customization commands.
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Overall 8

Sony Alpha NEX-5R Review

29 May 2013
  • Conclusion: Overall, the Sony NEX-5R is a very capable interchangeable lens camera. It produces very nice images and overall is thoughtfully designed. There are times that it will totally make you forget about the DSLR you have sitting in your camera bag, and is one of the best interchangeable lens cameras that we’ve tested so far. Unfortunately, some minor annoyances keep it from earning a higher score and an editors’ choice award.
  • Pros: Produces great images, even in low light, Good (non-menu) controls, Tilting touchscreen
  • Cons: Slow autofocus, Confusing menus, Silly “app store” concept
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Overall 8

Expert Review

Digital Camera Review
27 February 2013
  • Summary: The Sony NEX-5R is the successor to the NEX-5N, which turned lots of heads and drew the attention of many to the NEX camera system. The camera was small enough and shot video footage that was satisfactory for the BBC to use for a web series. The company stated that it was actually a pleasure to work with. Consumers and reviewers all agreed and thought that its high ISO performance and revamped autofocusing was quite brilliant.
  • Pros: Great image quality up to 6400, Fast focusing, Compact size, Improved battery life, Addition of new dials to make access to settings much simpler and quicker, WiFi connectivity is very good with the iPad but not so great with Android phones., Overall some of the best ergonomics of any mirrorless camera out there.
  • Cons: Our touchscreen wasn't as responsive, Old hot shoe, Weird placement of the playback button, Could have done better with at least an older EVF built in
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Review: Sony NEX-5R

17 February 2013
  • Excerpt: A short, sharp review of the NEX-5R, Sony’s mid-price mirrorless camera that excels for image quality. View at 1080p to see sample shots at 1:1 pixel ratio.
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Overall 6

Sony NEX-5R Review

Digital Photography School
5 February 2013
  • Conclusion: above average.
  • Pros: compact, high quality picture maker.
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Sony NEX-5R camera

Silicon Republic
14 January 2013
  • Summary: Sony’s NEX-5R is a compact-sized camera with a DSLR-sized interchangeable lens – but can it deliver top-of-the-range photos from a small package? We put it through its paces to find out.
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Overall 8

Sony NEX-5R mirror-less super cam

7 January 2013
  • Summary: The apps might not set your pulse racing, but this well-connected cam is a top gun in its own right.
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Overall 8
Design 8
Features 8
Performance 8
Picture quality 9
Video quality 9

An extra dial makes all the difference

17 December 2012
  • Summary: With the NEX-5R, Sony has managed to make an excellent camera even better with greatly improved handling and better autofocus, without compromising the great image and video quality found in its predecessor. That isn't to say everything is perfect with the 5R — the touchscreen still stinks and the new Wi-Fi feature is nothing but a tease, but both of those things are easily ignored or disabled if you don't want to bother with them.
  • Pros: Great low-light performance, Excellent video capture, Improved handling over previous generation
  • Cons: Small lens selection, No viewfinder, Controls are still limited
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Sony NEX-5R Review

Ken Rockwell
6 November 2012
  • Summary: The NEX-5R is best shot without asking questions. It gets clumsy for playback or making shooting adjustments, so it's best just to shoot and do your best to avoid playing in the menus.
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Overall 9

Sony NEX-5R review: focusing and performance improvements make this cam a winner

31 October 2012
  • Conclusion: Sony's third-generation NEX-5 delivers excellent performance for a manageable price.
  • Pros: Drastically improved focusing performance, Excellent image quality and battery life, 10 frames-per-second stills, 180-degree rotatable LCD
  • Cons: No microphone input, WiFi app issues at launch
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