Sony NEX-5 review

Can Sony's compact DSLR create a shift in high-end consumer photography?

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Image quality is everything Sony makes it out to be – truly DSLR-like. The kit lens is good and sharp, and kept chromatic aberration down to a bare minimum.

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Colour reproduction is superb, and noise handling is excellent – a good thing considering the NEX-5 can work at ISO settings as high as 12,800.

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At times, sharpness wasn't all it could be compared to top-end DSLRs, but with NEX-5 a fair bit cheaper, the compromise is easy to swallow.

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Either way, you'll find the NEX-5's shots reproduce well at larger print sizes.

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We're big fans of the NEX-5's low light performance – we expected it to be better than most compacts' thanks to its larger sensor, but its performance at stratospheric ISOs is impressive.

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It's true that noise is noticeable at its top ISO of 12,800, but we'd still be happy to print images taken at its highest setting, albeit with a little noise reduction applied.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution14.2 Megapixel
Wide AngleYes
Product Familyalpha NEX
HD Movie ModeYes
3D Type3D
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO High Speed Duo
Image StabilizationOptical
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Smile Detection, Aperture Priority, Manual White Balance, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsMPEG-4
Viewfinder TypeNo
Weight (Approximate)229 g
Image Sensor Size23.40 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4592 x 3056
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.8 mm
Width110.8 mm
Depth38.2 mm
Product SeriesNEX
Image FormatsRAW, JPEG
Focus ModesAuto
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-5
Product Namealpha NEX-5 Mirrorless Camera
Product Linealpha
Exposure Control
  • Auto
  • Program Auto
  • Shutter Priority
  • Aperture Priority
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEX5AS.CEH
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Capture stunning images with DSLR-like picture quality, plus the convenience of interchangeable lenses all without the size and weight of a DSLR. Compact, beautifully styled and brilliantly easy to use, with amazing features like 3D Sweep Panorama and 1080i HD video shooting.

Package Contents
  • alpha NEX-5 Mirrorless Camera
  • NP-FW50 Battery
  • SEL-16F28 Lens
  • Quick Reference Guide
  • Battery Charger
  • Instruction Manual
  • European Warranty Card
  • USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Case for Flash
  • Product Registration CD
  • Flash
Limited Warranty1 Year