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.
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.
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...
Pros: Produces great images, even in low light, Good (non-menu) controls, Tilting touchscreen
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.
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 ...
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
Conclusion: The Sony Alpha NEX-5R is a small interchangeable-lens camera built around a big, excellent image sensor, but it's a tough sell when you consider the rest of Sony's NEX lineup, including our Editors' Choice, the less-expensive Alpha NEX-F3.
Pros: Tilting, touch-screen LCD. Optional EVF available. Built-in Wi-Fi. Great high ISO performance. 9fps burst shooting.
Cons: No built-in flash. So-so kit lens. No hot shoe. No dedicated battery charger. Some camera apps cost money.
Sony NEX-5R review: can the best mirrorless camera get even better?
17 December 2012
Excerpt: Earlier this year, I made a pretty drastic change in my camera set up. I left behind my trusty Canon DSLR, and the lenses and accessories that had served me well for six years, and I picked up a Sony NEX-5N mirrorless camera.
Pros: Great low-light performance, Excellent video capture, Improved handling over previous generation
Cons: Small lens selection, No viewfinder, Controls are still limited