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: 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: The Sony NEX-5R is a beautifully built camera that you'll have great fun using. The articulated screen puts it one step ahead of its competitors, and the innovative downloadable apps will expand its feature set over time. All in all, a great buy if you can afford it, but the reasons to upgrade from the NEX-5N aren't entirely convincing.
Cons: Wind noise on movies; Some fall off in corners; Price.