Sony Alpha NEX-5R

Last Updated (22 July’13):
– Review & Sample Photos @ CNET

Sony Alpha NEX-5R is a 16.1-Megapixels APS-C Size HD Sensor Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with fast up to 10 fps shooting speed. It features Full 1080 HD 60p/60i/24p Movie recording, Fast Hybrid Autofocus, Intuitive Interface with Control Dial, Low Light Performance up to ISO 25600, Six-Image Layering, Wi-Fi Sharing, PlayMemories Camera and Mobile Apps, and a 3.0-inch 180º Tilt-able Touchscreen LCD. The camera measures (W x H x D) 4.36 x 2.31 x 1.53″ / 110.8 x 58.8 x 38.9 mm and weight 7.69 oz / 218 g without battery and card.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sony Alpha NEX-5R Reviews

CNET reviews the Sony Alpha NEX-5R and writes;
“The NEX-5R is one of those cameras that’s great fun to use, and really encourages you to head out and take more shots. Build quality is excellent, the built-in features are great and although I’m not convinced by the idea of needing to download add-on camera apps, it’s perfectly able without them and ready to go straight from the box.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMAG reviews the Sony Alpha NEX-5R and writes;
“Video is recorded in AVCHD format at up to 1080p60 quality, with 1080i60 and 1080p24 also supported. This is a step up from the video capabilities of the NEX-F3, which is limited to 1080i60 or 1080p24 capture. The quality is excellent—footage is sharp, colors are accurate, and motion is smooth.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photographyblog reviews the Sony Alpha NEX-5R and writes;
“The new hybrid auto-focusing is slightly faster and more accurate than on the older 5N model, but note that it only currently works with a few Sony lenses. Likewise the wi-fi connectivity makes it easy to download your photos onto a smartphone or PC or view them on a suitable TV, but it is limited – you can’t for example control the camera from your iPhone or Android device.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Trustedreviews reviews the Sony Alpha NEX-5R and writes;
“The Sony NEX-5 is a very impressive debut into the compact system camera class. It is the smallest interchangeable lens camera on the market, but has outstanding build quality, plenty of useful features, excellent performance and the kind of still image and HD video quality you’d be lucky to get from a digital SLR. It really raises the stakes in the compact system camera market.”
Rating: ★★★★½

CNET reviews the Sony Alpha NEX-5R and writes;
“It’s refreshing that all the new technology in the 5R — much of it even useful — will probably make it worth the price premium over the F3.”
rating: A/N

Digitalcamerainfo reviews the Sony Alpha NEX-5R and writes;
“We’re pretty excited about a few of the changes coming with the NEX-5R, most notably the addition of phase detection autofocus. But other than that, this seems to be a relatively light update. This camera therefore doesn’t command an upgrade for current NEX owners, but represents a tantalizing new option for potential buyers that haven’t quite pulled the trigger yet.”
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Imaging-resource reviews the Sony Alpha NEX-5R and writes;
“the Sony NEX-5R seems like it has the major features more serious intermediate photographers will want, the main feature coming with the simple addition of one dial that enables faster manual exposure control.”
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Ephotozine reviews the Sony Alpha NEX-5R and writes;
“Picture quality is excellent and you can shoot full sized images at an impressive 10 fps. It has an excellent battery life, rated at 410 shots and the tiltable screen makes it easy to shoot at varying angles. We’ve been impressed with other versions in the NEX-5 range, and again we are happy to highly recommend this update.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Pocket-lint reviews the Sony Alpha NEX-5R and writes;
“With an extensive sensitivity range from ISO 100 through to ISO 25,600 we wouldn’t recommend using the very highest ISO sensitivities on account of image noise, but even up to ISO 3200 we’d put the NEX up there among the class-leading compact system cameras. It’s impressive stuff.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Macworld reviews the Sony Alpha NEX-5R and writes;
“Unlike its predecessor or any other camera in its NEX line, the 5R employs a hybrid auto focus system that pairs contrast detection auto focus with phase detection auto focus. Sony says this feature makes focusing faster and better at tracking moving objects and video shooting.”
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Digitaltrends reviews the Sony Alpha NEX-5R and writes;
“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 one of the best interchangeable lens cameras that we’ve tested so far.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PCMag reviews the Sony Alpha NEX-5R and writes;
“There will be other applications available to enhance the functionality of the camera, including a smartphone remote control, a pro bracketing app, and an application that delivers improved multi-frame noise reduction.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Techradar reviews the Sony Alpha NEX-5R and writes;
“The new hybrid AF system works as advertised, finding focus quickly and locking on to your target. We also found that the continuous AF system delivers a greater number of sharp shots when shooting at high speed than most other CSC systems we’ve tested.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

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Sony Alpha NEX-5R User Manual (PDF)

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Sony Alpha NEX-5R Features

The Sony Alpha NEX-5R comes with 16.1MP APS-C size sensor which allows you to capture outstanding images quality and with built-in Wi-Fi, the camera lets you download camera apps to expand your creativity. The size image sensor is the same sensor format with the Sony full-sized DSLR cameras which able to provide high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds. Moreover, the camera offers advanced Fast Hybrid Autofocus by combining two technologies: Phase detection auto focus for quick response and contrast-detection auto focus for added precision.


The camera is able to record Full HD 1920×1080 movies that can be choose in movies mode of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p. You can use the AVCHD codec for outstanding picture quality or the MP4 codec which allows you compress to smaller files for easier upload to the web. While with Wi-Fi capability, Sony Alpha NEX-5R enables you transfer photos and videos instantly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile app.


Additionally, the Sony Alpha NEX-5R is equipped with a Photo Creativity touch interface which lets you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without the complicated settings. And with a tiltable 3.0″ touchscreen LCD that flips up 180-degrees, the camera allows you to see your photos easily.


Sony Alpha NEX-5R Features:

+ 16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor

+ Fast Hybrid AF

+ Full HD Movies at 60p/60i/24p

+ Wi-Fi® Sharing

+ PlayMemories Camera Apps

+ 180-degree tilt-able 3.0” Touch LCD

+ Control Dial

+ Picture Effect mode

+ 6-image layering

+ Accepts Sony® E-mount lenses

+ Photo Creativity Touch interface

+ Auto Portrait Framing

+ Clear Image Zoom

+ Auto HDR built into camera

+ Sweep Panorama™ Technology

+ Manual Focus Assist

+ Face Detection technology

+ Smile Shutter™ technology

+ Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)

+ Anti-Dust Technology


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