Sony NEX 5T

Released September, 2013
  • 16 MP
  • APS-C 23.5 x 15.6 mm CMOS
  • 3" LCD
If that still doesn't help, it's usually possible to bring back details from the raw format files.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
9 Out of 10

Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of the Sony NEX 5T

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

NEX 5T
9.2
Sony A7
10.0
NEX C3
9.2
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

NEX 5T
6.2
Sony A7
6.4
NEX C3
5.3
focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

NEX 5T
10.0
Sony A7
10.0
NEX C3
10.0
continuous shooting

Reviews

What do the experts think?

NEX 5T
9.2
Sony A7
9.2
NEX C3
9.6
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com and 2 more

9

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

NEX 5T
9.0
Sony A7
9.2
NEX C3
9.1

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Sony NEX 5T

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

NEX 5T
1,015 ISO
Sony A7
2,449 ISO
Rebel T5i
681 ISO

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX 5T
10 fps
Alpha A5000
3.5 fps
EOS 550D
3.7 fps

Battery life How many photos per battery charge (CIPA)

NEX 5T
330 photos
EOS 550D
440 photos
Rebel T5i
440 photos

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

NEX 5T
23.6 bits
Rebel T5i
21.7 bits
EOS 550D
22.1 bits

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

NEX 5T
13.0 ev
Rebel T5i
11.2 ev
EOS 550D
11.5 ev

Photo Gallery Wallpaper quality closeups of the camera

Reviews Word on the street for the Sony NEX 5T


8.0
A wide range of excellent lenses are now available in Sony's E-mount including a 50mm f/1.8 which is very sharp and allows for creative shallow depth of field effects to be created.

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Lens

Thanks to its large sensor, you can create beautiful shallow depth of field effects, especially when shooting with a lens such as the 50mm f/1.8 optic.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
Zooming into the images at 100% reveals very little image smoothing, while images are sharp at both ends of the zoom ratio.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
If you're using the bundled 16-50mm zoom lens, you'll need to use the zoom lever on the side of the lens to switch between wide angle and telephoto.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Sensor

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Sony NEX 5T is capable of resolving up to around 26 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
These are less abstract than the Picture Effects, but they have the advantage of being able to be used while shooting in raw format.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
Noise is well controlled at high sensitivities, such as ISO 3200.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Image quality

Images are generally excellent, with vibrant and pleasing colours and plenty of detail resolved.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
A lower performance here may indicate that there is scope to bring out better colours in post production, with raw format colours being more accurate, if not necessarily as pleasing to the eye as the JPEGs.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
Colours from the NEX-5T are well represented with excellent blue skies and nicely saturated tones.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Photography

If you prefer, you can shoot with a different Creative Style, which includes the option to shoot in black and white.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
Even when using the kit lens, which has a maximum aperture of f/3.5, it's possible to achieve some very creative effects.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
The 921k dot resolution touchscreen on the back of the camera is a tiltable affair, moving through 180 degrees to face the front - handy for self-portraits.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Screen

Using Sony's Sweep Panorama mode is quick and easy but in some conditions, such as shooting into bright sunlight, it does suffer from light banding from flare.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
The touchscreen and customisable buttons and dial make it swift and easy to use, while the addition of NFC means connecting the camera is an absolute doddle if you have a compatible device.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)
Generally speaking, the touchscreen is pretty responsive - though it's not as slick when trying to type in something delicate such as an email address when using the Wi-Fi and apps settings, which can be a little frustrating.
by TechRadar (Oct, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

Type CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264
Size APS-C
Area 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Crop factor 1.5x
Pixel size 22.9 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Light sensitivity (Boost) 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO
Codecs
  1. RAW
  2. JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes

focus system

Type Hybrid detection
Focus points 99
Cross type focus points 25
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 (17 Mbps, AVCHD, MPEG-4)
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 111 x 59 x 39 mm
Thickness 39 mm
Weight 276 g
Is weather sealed No

features

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