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
Summary: With the NEX-5R, Sony has managed to make an excellent camera even better with greatly improved handling and better autofocus, without compromising the great image and video quality found in its predecessor. That isn't to say everything is perfect with the 5R — the touchscreen still stinks and the new Wi-Fi feature is nothing but a tease, but both of those things are easily ignored or disabled if you don't want to bother with them.
Pros: Great low-light performance, Excellent video capture, Improved handling over previous generation
Cons: Small lens selection, No viewfinder, Controls are still limited
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.
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. Image quality prevails, too, and although the competitive pack has closed the gap in this department, the Sony is right up there among the very best of compact system cameras.
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.
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