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
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.
Summary: Though the NEX-5R is a completely new Sony CSC it must be said that it doesn't offer a vast amount more than what we've seen before in the NEX-5N. It handles very similarly in the hand and other than providing the options to transfer images directly to your smart phone or tablet, the menu system and navigation is much the same.