Sony Alpha NEX-5

  • Sony Alpha NEX-5
82
Based on 65 scores, 108 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    23
  • Good:
    31
  • Average:
    9
  • Bad:
    2

Pros:

  • Good image quality, Solid build quality, Easy operation, Effortless panorama shooting
  • Very good low light and High ISO performance, Snappy performance, Good build quality and design, Effective HDR and DRO mode, Fast autofocus, Good image video with continuous focus, High resolution tilting LCD screen.
  • User Interface, High speed shooting, performance, 3D panorama, HDR, Tilt LCD

Cons:

  • Expensive, Few lens options
  • Limited shortcut controls, iAuto mode not reliable for correct exposure, No EVF and standard flash hotshoe, Average battery life

Expert reviews and ratings

By ePHOTOzine on 90

The Sony NEX-5 seems to have an over-reliance on the menus, and it can be a little time consuming trying to find some of the more advanced options. As the smallest mirrorless camera, it is very appealing, although the current lenses don't make the...

By The Luminous Landscape on -

Sony's NEX cameras are (as of June, 2011) the smallest interchangeable lens cameras available, and therefore the smallest that can take a Leica M lens via an...

By Digital Photography School on -

A Guest Post by Chris Folsom from Studio Tempura.Here was my dilemma: I love photography and want to have a camera with me as often as possible, but carrying a DSLR at all times is less than practical. But I want better image quality than most...

By Cameras UK on 86

The Sony Nex-5 is a very impressive camera. Picture quality is eye catching and is a clear step up from a standard digital camera. Build quality is also top drawer. It has a set of features that is a step up from the most basic Digital SLRs. All of...

By Tech2 on 80

Point and shoot cameras are preferred by most of us because they are cheap and easy to use. Every one of us would like to own a DSLR camera but the learning curve is a deterrent. Companies such as Olympus and Panasonic tried to bring the best of both...

By ThinkDigit on 70

At Rs. 34,990, the Sony NEX-5 is expensive, but it also delivers near-dSLR quality with a much smaller body. A stylish camera, although, the removable lens system makes it nearly as inconvenient as a dSLR. The lack of variety in E-mount lenses will...

By Techworld on -

The Sony’s answer to Micro Four Third cameras impressed us with its smaller than usual body, good build quality and most importantly, very good DSLR-image quality. There were few minor issues like inaccurate exposure, lack of standard flash...

By PCWorld India on 83

Sony’s answer to Micro Four Third cameras impressed us with its smaller than usual body, good build quality and most importantly, very good DSLR-image quality. For its price and size, the NEX-5 is a very good buy as it scores high on features and...

By EISA on -

Although the Sony α NEX-5 is the smallest system camera in the world, by using a large APS-C CMOS image sensor it is still able to deliver excellent image quality. The camera is aimed at compact camera users and beginners who want to improve their...

By CIOL on -

Ever since micro four-thirds came into the digicam scenario in late 2008, manufacturers have been slowly shifting to adopt the technology. After Panasonic, Olympus introduced their micro four-third camera Olympus PEN EP-1 and Samsung followed suit...

By Geeky Gadgets on -

What we liked about the Sony Nex-5 is that you get many of the features that you would find on a DSLR, the ability to change lenses when you need to, plus the range of features on offer make the NEX-5 an excellent camera.Don’t expect it to replace...

By Steves Digicams on -

The Sony NEX-5 represents a new class of camera for Sony, supplementing their existing dSLR interchangeable lens system. After the success of the Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds system cameras, it comes as no surprise that other manufacturers...

By PC Mag on -

The power of a D-SLR packed into one tiny digital camera, Sony's NEX-5 ($649.99 starting) packs a 14.2 megapixel resolution in a 16mm lens and a 3-inch LCD display. In other words, it's brother to the Alpha NEX-3 ($499.99 starting) in almost...

By Good Gear Guide on 80

The Sony Alpha NEX-5 is an excellent camera for people upgrading from compacts who want to increase capability but not...

By Photography Bay on -

In short, I’m a big fan of the Sony NEX-5. I think it’s a solid option for an interchangeable lens camera. While it is more appropriately situated as an upgrade from a point and shoot camera due to the menu-based control scheme, it is also...

By VR-Zone on 84

The Sony Alpha NEX-5 is Sony's first mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, powered by a 14.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, 49-segment exposure meter and a 25-point contract detect auto-focus system At first glance, the Alpha NEX-5's...

By Camera Labs on 88

More so than ever before, this rating comes with caveats. Read our full review. Understand the limitations of the interface and focusing system. Better still, try it for yourself. You may find the interface really disagrees with you, in which case...

By Digital Photography School on -

The Sony Nex-5 is a great camera that I would consider buying and carrying with me at all times as a very good, compact alternative to my dSLR. I could pretty much just leave it there, but I want to tell you some of the great stuff and, despite what...

By CNET Australia on 81

If you are looking for a step-up interchangeable lens camera, the NEX-5 is an excellent choice to consider. Its image and build quality will also sway many potential...

By RegHardware on 85

The NEX-5 is a quality compact camera with the most important feature sticking out the front. Compared to a DSLR, Sony has given us the bare bones out the back and a good, but currently narrow choice of three lenses. Admittedly, this isn't a very...