Sony NEX-5R review

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We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using DXO Analyzer software to generate the data to produce the graphs below.

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Here we compare the Sony NEX-5R with the Sony NEX-5N, Panasonic G5, Olympus E-P3 and Samsung NX20.

JPEG signal to noise ratio

Sony NEX 5R review

These results indicate that the JPEG files from the Sony NEX-5R, Sony NEX-5N, Panasonic G5, Olympus E-P3 and Samsung NX20 have very similar noise levels, though the NEX-5R sits at the higher end of the narrow scale. Images from the NEX-R5 are, unsurprisingly, most similar to the NEX-5N.

Raw (after conversion to TIFF) signal to noise ratio

Sony NEX 5R review

It's a very similar story for the raw files (after conversion to TIFF), with Sony NEX-5R, Sony NEX-5N and Samsung NX20 producing similar results, though this time with a smaller variation and fewer fluctuations in results. The Panasonic G5 and Olympus E-P3 show a lower signal to noise ratio than the others.

JPEG dynamic range

Sony NEX 5R review

The dynamic range results from JPEG images show some variation, with the Sony NEX-5R sitting below the Sony NEX-5N throughout the sensitivity range, and above the Panasonic G5, Olympus E-P3 and Samsung NX20 at most sensitivity settings, with the exception of a dip at ISO 400.

Raw (after conversion to TIFF) dynamic range

Sony NEX 5R review

The Sony NEX-5R's raw files have a higher dynamic range than the camera's JPEG images, producing better results at most ISO settings than the Sony NEX-5N, and significantly better images than the Panasonic G5, Olympus E-P3 and Samsung NX20 at all sensitivities. Only the Sony NEX-5R's top ISO settings of 6400 and 12800 show a smaller dynamic range than the Sony NEX-5N's.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Wireless LANYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
Product Familyα NEX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Image StabilizationNo
Optical Zoom3x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameSony
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Face Detection, Smile Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4 AVC, MP4
Weight (Approximate)218 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.8 mm
Width110.8 mm
Depth38.9 mm
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashIncluded
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-5RK
Product NameNEX-5RK Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product Lineα NEX
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEX5RKB.CE
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

DSLR quality you can take with you

The NEX-5R might be small, but it takes pictures like a DSLR and it's got the speed of a DSLR too. It has a large APS-C sensor delivering 16.1 megapixel shots and bright images in low light. What's more, with built-in Wi-Fi you can connect to devices like a smartphone or tablet.

Package Contents
  • NEX-5RK Interchangeable Lens Camera
  • SEL1855 E18-55mm F3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens
  • Power Cord (Mains Lead)
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FW50
  • Micro USB Cable
  • AC Adaptor AC-UB10 / UB10B / UB10C / UB10D
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Flash HVL-F7S
  • Flash Case
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
Limited Warranty1 Year