Sony NEX-5R

  • 16 MP
  • APS-C EXMOR
  • 3" LCD
Released October, 2012
The Dynamic Range Optimizer and High Dynamic Range modes both work really well, although we'd advise caution over using some of the higher and more extreme levels, while Sony's now tried-and-trusted Sweep Panorama is still a joy to use.
Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)

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First reviewed October, 2012

Features Key features of the Sony NEX-5R

Angle view of Sony NEX-5R
While it looks almost identical to its predecessor, the new 180° tilting LCD screen, faster hybrid auto-focusing, wi-fi connectivity, downloadable apps and a more refined interface make the NEX-5R a great mid-range mirrorless camera.
Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)

megapixels

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The 16.1 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the default sharpening setting and ideally require some further sharpening in an application like Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting.
NEX-5R by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
Featuring a 16.1 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, Fast Hybrid phase- and contrast-detect autofocus system, 49-segment exposure meter and 3-inch, 180° tilting LCD panel with 921,000-dot resolution, the NEX-5R also offers a touch-screen interface with a touch shutter function, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and PlayMemories Camera Apps, an ISO range of 100-25600 and both a mechanical and electronic shutter.
NEX-5R by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)

sensor size

Sony NEX-5R
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Canon EOS M
New headline features on the Sony NEX-5R include the design of the APS-C sensor; improved sensitivity performance; a hybrid autofocus system; app compatibility; Wi-Fi connectivity; 180-degree tiltable touchscreen; new control dial and function button.
NEX-5R by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
The kit lens, however, is an 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6, so is more akin to a full-size DSLR lens, which makes the camera look a little unbalanced when compared with its Micro Four Thirds rivals.
NEX-5R by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)

body size

110.8 x 58.8 x 38.9 mm
132 x 98 x 81 mm
120 x 67 x 43 mm
With its magnesium alloy shell, reassuring weight and solid rubber grip the camera gives a good impression of quality.
NEX-5R by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
Though the flash can be stored flat to the body to aid portability and adds hardly any additional weight or bulk, when in use the head needs to be manually raised at a angle of approximately 45.
NEX-5R by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)

focus points

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As well as being able to use the screen to select focus points and as a touch shutter, you can select options and scroll through settings.
NEX-5R by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
Set at four points around this scroll wheel/pad are a means of adjusting the display, ISO speed, exposure compensation (+/- 2EV selectable), and drive mode (single shot, continuous, continuous with speed priority, so focus/exposure fixed from the first shot), or self timer option (2 or 10 seconds).
NEX-5R by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
 

Performance Real world tests of Sony NEX-5R

DxOMark image quality

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Canon EOS M
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Overall image quality is good, and results for signal to noise ratio and dynamic range, especially in raw files, show a strong performance compared to its competitors.
NEX-5R by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
Colours were vibrant without being over-saturated in the default Standard Creative Style, and you can always choose Vivid if you want even more punch.
NEX-5R by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)

DxOMark low light performance

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Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
Sony NEX-F3
All of it's subject to some aliasing and moiré - most visible in the low-light footage - but the respectable tonal range and low noise levels in the dim and dark stand out for this price class.
NEX-5R by c|net (Dec, 2012)
The camera automatically expands the focus area to the entire scene when it's dim or dark, but the phase-detection area is limited to approximately the middle third of the scene; I think there's some conflict that they need to work out.
NEX-5R by c|net (Dec, 2012)

continuous shooting

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The new design also allows for the camera's increase to continuous shooting at 10 frames per second with predictive tracking AF.
NEX-5R by c|net (Dec, 2012)
Despite its seeming burst speed, however, I find the NEX-5R (and many cameras like it) frustrating to use in this way because the camera/LCD can't refresh fast enough for you to following what's happening.
NEX-5R by c|net (Dec, 2012)

battery life

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You can try boosting the brightness, but as it is the battery drains a lot faster than I'd like.
NEX-5R by c|net (Dec, 2012)
Buying Guide Best camera accessories One really nice feature is the battery and card slot door on the base.
NEX-5R by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
 

Our analysis How does it stack up against its top 10 competitors

pros

  • Contrast detection focusing system
  • 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
  • Proprietary
  • 78.0
  • 99
  • Create 3D photos to view on a 3D TV
  • 25,600 ISO
  • Fewer buttons, interact directly with menus
  • 13.1 ev
  • 23.7 bits
  • Great for recording movies
  • For that film look
  • Combines multiple photos together to capture both bright and dark areas
  • 802.11
  • Stitches together multiple photos into a single ultra-wide view
  • Prevents dust showing up in your photos
  • 110.8 x 58.8 x 38.9 mm

cons

  • None
  • 0
  • Taking quality photos in low-light will require external hardware
  • None
  • Aug, 2012
  • 1/4000 s

Reviews Word on the street

Rated 90%
Read the review (Nov, 2012)
While the touchscreen interface feels almost entirely natural, especially with the addition of the touch shutter function, it is still entirely possible to use the camera fully via the external controls, so much so that you may not realise that the NEX-5R can be controlled via the tilting screen at all.
Rated 78%
Read the review (Dec, 2012)
Overall, they seem great up through ISO 800 and good up through ISO 3200; I even managed a decent print from an ISO 6400 shot, though if you look closely you can see artifacts.
Rated 80%
Read the review (Feb, 2013)
Using spot focus proved that the Sony NEX-5R's AF system is fast and accurate, but even when switching to multi-point AF the camera's sensors worked out the point of interest and locked on to their target with little lens refocusing.

Lens

With the supplied 18-55mmm kit lens attached the NEX-5R also looks and feels top heavy, and that's without fitting an existing Alpha DSLR lens proper, compatibility offered with pre-existing optics via the LA-EA2 accessory adapter which allows phase-detection AF with almost all of the A-mount lenses.
Sony NEX-5R | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
Despite the shallow depth of field at f/5.0, the kit 18-55mm lens produces good sharp image with a pleasing sharpness fall off.
Sony NEX-5R | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
Image stabilisation via the lens is a very useful feature that works well when hand-holding the NEX-5R in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto end of the zoom range.
Sony NEX-5R | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)

Screen

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.
Sony NEX-5R | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
In use, this was all responsive, although the control dials offer a far more accurate form of navigation and selection than using the touchscreen.
Sony NEX-5R | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
In bright daylight conditions, we found this system was capable of finding and locking onto the target quickly and accurately.
Sony NEX-5R | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)

Focus

In multi-focus point mode the camera also makes quick and intelligent choices over subject matter, and again finds focus quickly.
Sony NEX-5R | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
The combined system worked well with all conditions we threw at it, and with three AF options - Multi, Flexible and Spot - it offers a good amount of flexibility.
Sony NEX-5R | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
Here you have quick access to six shooting parameters which by default are AF/MF select, AF mode, AF Area Mode, White Balance, Metering mode and Picture Effect.
Sony NEX-5R | by DPReview (Aug, 2012)

Sensor

Noise is very well handled, being virtually absent from ISO 100-3200 and not being too obvious at the fast speed of ISO 6400.
Sony NEX-5R | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
As with previous NEX cameras, noise is handled well, with little if any being visible in images up to ISO 3200.
Sony NEX-5R | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
With the same 16 megapixel sensor as the previous 5N model onboard, the new NEX-5R offers enough resolution and a wide ISO range without introducing unwanted noise artifacts at the faster settings, while full 1080p video at 60fps remains class-leading.
Sony NEX-5R | Rated 90% by by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)

Wifi

The Wi-Fi and apps combine to mean that the 5R can push images to an iOS or Android smartphone, push images straight to Facebook or Sony's own PlayMemories site across a Wi-Fi network, or allow the use of a smartphone as a remote viewfinder/trigger..
Sony NEX-5R | by DPReview (Aug, 2012)
You do need to join Sony's PlayMemories service, but once done, with the camera connected to Wi-Fi, it all looks pretty straightforward.
Sony NEX-5R | Rated 80% by by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
Although it's a bit more expensive, you do get useful features like Wi-Fi.
Sony NEX-5R | Rated 78% by by c|net (Dec, 2012)

Competition What else you should consider

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Sony NEX-5N 4-way tie: Has a touch screen NEX-5N vs NEX-5R
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Sony SLT A57 Fastest rapid fire mode SLT A57 vs NEX-5R
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Sony NEX-F3 Least noise at high ISO NEX-F3 vs NEX-5R
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Canon EOS M Most detailed video recording mode Canon EOS M vs Sony NEX-5R
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Sony Alpha NEX-6 OK benchmarked shot to shot times Alpha NEX-6 vs NEX-5R
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Editions Editions of the Sony NEX-5R

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