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
Conclusion: On paper the NEX-5R may not sound all too different from its 5N predecessor in the core areas, and in many ways it's not. But the addition of a thumbwheel and function button goes a long way to making it a better camera to use and, therefore, it's a big push forward for the series.
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
Pros: Tilting screen, Good controls, Touchscreen, Good selection of filter effects, Excellent image quality, The Sony NEX-R5 builds on the features of the Sony NEX-5N and packs some weighty advancements in technology into its small body. The inclusion of apps gives the camera an exciting edge, enabling...
Cons: Tilting rather than articulating screen, Non-standard hot-shoe, Filter effects JPEG only, The highly reflective finish of the LCD screen can make it difficult, if not impossible, to see in bright sunlight - or when overly sticky fingers have been using the touchscreen. The lack of an integrated f...
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.
Conclusion: Apart from a dull design and high-ish price (albeit cheaper than Canon EOS M ) the NEX-5R is hard to fault.
Pros: Superb image quality; one of the most compact cameras to shoehorn in a DSLR-sized sensor; option of using touch screen for operation in tandem with physical controls; new wireless connectivity option for use with smartphones and tablets
Cons: Pricey; design a tad bland and adding the lens makes for an unbalanced appearance; won’t fit in a pocket unless carrying lens and body separately
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”...