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
Summary: Conclusion Sony's NEX-5R is overall quite a minor update to the old NEX-5N--but the changes that are there really count. The WiFi transmission feature is really quite cool for photographers, journalists or enthusiasts that need to shoot and share on the spot. The new sensor renders not only spectacular color but also excellent high iso results. On top of this, Sony decided to add in more ergonomic exposure controls.
Pros: Great image quality up to 6400, Fast focusing, but still not up to par with Olympus's FAST AF system, Compact size, The addition of the touchscreen helps a bit in most cases., 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
Conclusion: If you're just getting into photography, looking for a CSC upgrade or wanting a second body to complement your DSLR, the Sony NEX-5R is the perfect companion. As well as the basic kit, which should be priced at around £500 (around $790), we'd also recommend getting the EVF accessory to combat difficulties with the screen in bright sunlight.
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.
Excerpt: The NEX-5R is the product of Sony's continuing refinement of its compact system cameras. We're already fans of the interchangeable lens series, and found the previous NEX-5N model to be a little star in the image quality department, but a little behind in the performance stakes.
Pros: Great image quality, small yet sensible size, hands-on controls added, improved buffer opens up burst shooting, better AF speed than predecessor, tilt-angle screen bracket doesn't add to bulk
Cons: Low-light autofocus lacks feedback and accuracy, autofocus not quite as fast as the competition, still some menu digging required, Wi-Fi operation not as smooth as we'd like, not taken by PlayMemories app service, battery life could be better
Summary: Sony have a long history of producing great cameras and the Sony NEX 5R jumps onto this history as being another success for the company. The compact well built camera produces exceptional photos and video and is easy and simple to use.
Excerpt: Pro quality shots from a compact camera chassis: that’s the pitch for the Sony NEX-5R, its maker’s third mid range compact system camera, coming after 2010’s Sony NEX-5 and the outwardly similar NEX-5N upgrade. Aimed at ‘intermediate’ users, the Sony NEX-5R’s resolution has remained the same this time around at 16.1 megapixels, and again it’s from an APS-C sized sensor that’s as physically large as those found in Sony’s digital SLRs.
Pros: Small camera, large sensor, Superb image quality, Tilting high-res touchscreen
Cons: 'Front heavy’ in appearance, Pricey, Won't fit in pocket with lens
Conclusion: The Sony NEX 5R is another fantastic CSC from Sony’s stable, and we can’t grumble about the build, design, screen and image quality, all of which are top notch. The interface isn’t the most user-friendly, however (like all NEX cameras), while the app compatibility feels a little too “walled garden” to be truly exciting; it’s best viewed as a bonus rather than a killer app.