Sony NEX 5R

Released October, 2012
New: NEX 5T (Sep, 2013)
  • 16 MP
  • APS-C 23.4 x 15.6 mm EXMOR
  • 3" LCD
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.
by c|net (Dec, 2012)
8.9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony NEX 5R

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

NEX 5R
9.0
NEX 5T
9.2
PEN E-PL5
8.9
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

NEX 5R
6.2
NEX 5T
6.2
PEN E-PL5
5.4
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

NEX 5R
10.0
NEX 5T
10.0
PEN E-PL5
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

NEX 5R
9.2
NEX 5T
9.2
PEN E-PL5
9.5
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, mirrorlessrumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com and 5 more

8.9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

NEX 5R
8.9
NEX 5T
9.0
PEN E-PL5
8.9

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony NEX 5R

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

NEX 5R
910 ISO
Alpha A5100
1,347 ISO
Lumix DMC-GF6
622 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX 5R
10 fps
Lumix DMC-GF6
4.2 fps
Alpha A5100
6 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

NEX 5R
330 photos
NEX 5N
460 photos
Alpha A5100
400 photos

Color depth The number of variations of color the camera can capture

NEX 5R
23.7 bits
Lumix DMC-GF6
20.7 bits
Alpha NEX-5
22.2 bits

Dynamic range Maximum range a camera can capture in one image from light to dark

NEX 5R
13.1 ev
Lumix DMC-GF6
10.6 ev
Alpha NEX-5
12.2 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony NEX 5R


9.0
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.

7.8
Over time, Sony has been refining the NEX user experience, and I think the 5R's design changes help quite a bit; I enjoyed shooting with the 5R more than with any NEX model thus far other than the NEX-7.

8.0
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.

Overall

8.4 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

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.
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.
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.
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.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
In bright daylight conditions, we found this system was capable of finding and locking onto the target quickly and accurately.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
Additionally, Sony has added a few new touch screen operations: touch shutter, touch tracking and touch background defocus.
by c|net (Dec, 2012)

Focus

In multi-focus point mode the camera also makes quick and intelligent choices over subject matter, and again finds focus quickly.
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).
by Photography Blog (Nov, 2012)
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.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)

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.
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.
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.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)

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..
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.
by TechRadar (Feb, 2013)
Although it's a bit more expensive, you do get useful features like Wi-Fi.
by c|net (Dec, 2012)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type EXMOR
Megapixels 16 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264
Size APS-C
Area 23.4 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 22.8 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Hybrid detection
Focus points 99
Supports continuous Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None
Viewfinder None

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps
Battery life 330 photos
Continuous shooting 10 fps

video

Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes
Shoots high speed video No
External mic jack None
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes

display

Type LCD
Size 3"
Resolution 921 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes
Supports live view Yes

shutter

Min 30 s
Max 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 110.8 x 58.8 x 38.9 mm
Thickness 38.9 mm
Weight 276 g
Is weather sealed No

features

Includes a GPS No
Supports HDR Yes
WiFi 802.11
Automatic panorama Yes
Create realistic 3D images Yes
Image stabilization None
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