Produces great images, even in low light.
Good (nonmenu) controls.
Provides more physical controls than some of its predecessors for a more streamlined shooting design.
Tilting, touch-screen LCD.
Optional EVF available.
Great high ISO performance.
9fps burst shooting.
Flip out screen.
Silly “app store” concept.
Wireless connectivity and apps "ecosystem" implementations are far less than this camera deserves.
No built-in flash.
So-so kit lens.
No hot shoe.
No dedicated battery charger.
Some camera apps cost money.
Small touch screen buttons.
Unintuitive menu system.
Lack of mode dial.
By TrustedReviews on September 30, 2013
The Sony NEX-5R is a solid CSC that impresses with both its image quality and a strong feature-set. It’s about time Sony revisited the touch controls, however, as they’re not as easy to use as they need to be.80
By Digital Trends on May 29, 2013
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...80
By Pocket-lint on April 29, 2013
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,...80
By Computeractive on March 04, 2013
If you're considering spending £500 on a camera, you can expect a massive jump in quality over smartphones and compact cameras. However, that doesn't necessarily mean you want a bulky, complex SLR. Compact system cameras (CSCs) provide the...-
By SiliconRepublic on February 13, 2013
The size and shape of this camera is great. Even with the lens attached it still feels compact because of its slim body and the bulging, textured side provides a perfect grip. Through a feat of engineering, this slim device even comes with a rear...-
By ePHOTOzine on February 06, 2013
The Sony NEX-5R is the update to the 5N, with the most exciting upgrade being the built-in Wi-Fi which allows you to share and edit images via apps, as well as utilising your smartphone or tablet as a remote release as well. Picture quality is...90
By Digital Photography School on February 01, 2013
Now here’s another one: a deliciously tiny, mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera that can almost replace many DSLRs on themarket. Sony was one of the early entrants in this game and, in typical fashion, continues to refine the bloodline with...-
By Expert Reviews on January 29, 2013
An inspired update to its excellent predecessor, and an unequivocal Best Buy...100
By The Verge on December 17, 2012
Perhaps that was true last year, when Sony introduced the 5N. This time around, the company has revisited the model and upgraded it with the NEX-5R. The 5R is very similar to the 5N — it has the same photographic capabilities (16-megapixel APS-C...84
By cnet on December 10, 2012
It's a great camera choice for high-quality stills and a streamlined shooting design under $800, but the Sony Alpha NEX-5R falls short when it comes to sharing your shots...70