Sony Alpha NEX-5T

Last Updated (30 August’13):

Sony Alpha NEX-5T is the latest type of mirrorless digital cameras that also called compact system camera. This camera was first announced by Sony on 27 August 2013 to replace his brother the Sony Alpha NEX-5R by adding several new features like Wi-Fi and NFC Connectivity include compatible with Sony 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom Lens. This camera will be available on the market from early September 2013, it comes with price of US$700 including the 16-50mm kit lens.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

Our Review

Sony Alpha NEX-5T Review

Features & Design

Sony Alpha NEX-5T has made to replace the previous model NEX 5-R that is enough please. But now the latest model combines new NFC feature with the advancement of raw performance, fun features, and affordability from the previous model. When compared to the previous model, NEX 5-T offers more advanced connectivity than the NEX 5-R which only offer Wi-Fi for sharing file while the NEX 5-T adds NFC connectivity for easy share file into compatible devices like Tablets or Smartphone with just one touch. It also equipped with new Sony 16-50mm Power Zoom Kit Lens and white color options.

The NEX-5T has the same specs as the NEX 5-R by offering the same 16.0 Megapixels EXMOR APS-C Images Sensor, the same ISO sensitivity from 100 to 25600, the same BIONZ processor, and the same 99-point hybrid autofocus system. The camera also has a 3.0-inch touch screen that can tilt up 180 degrees and easy for self-portraits. The touch screen offers 921600 dots resolution which makes the camera is easy for pint-point focus with just one touch finger on the screen.

In addition, NEX 5-T has the same design with the NEX 5-R, but smaller and lighter when paired with the new Sony 16-50mm Power Zoom Kit Lens. It would be very suitable and convenient to use for small-handed photographers. In addition, this camera also has a more efficient control than previous models by offering a standard button on the back of the camera which can be used with four-way to access the camera features. The camera is also equipped with function keys such as AF mode, white balance, and metering is located above the camera that makes the camera easy to use to capture images quickly.

Performance & Image Quality

By combining 16.0 Megapixels sensor APS-C Exmor and BIONZ processor, the NEX 5-T is capable of producing high quality images. And equipped with ISO sensitivity is from 100-25600, the camera allows you to take pictures in low light situations without worried about noise thanks to noise reduction technology. Thanks to the same sensor and processor as the previous model making the NEX 5-T has the same capabilities and performance with the NEX 5-R that is quite satisfactory previous users. While the Hybrid AF system’s ability to make users more impressed with fast performance and accurate in every shooting situation.

Speaking of image quality, no doubt the NEX 5-T has the same image quality with the NEX 5-R due to the use of the same sensor and processor. Image noise handled well, which almost no noise from ISO 100-3200 and not too obvious at ISO speed up to 6400. At ISO 12800 noise began to appear when viewing images at 100% on screen, but the image can still be used for small print and use on the web. At ISO 25600 image noise is enough disturbing image quality.

While the video quality is quite satisfactory, users can record video 1080/60p at 28Mbps or 60i and 24p in AVCHD. Not only that, users can also record video in the form MP4/h.264 super wide for 1440×1080 recording at 12Mbps. Optical lens also maintain video quality and the image remains smooth. During video recording, the lens is also fairly quiet when zooming so make sure the sound quality is quite clean.

Should I buy the camera

Sony NEX 5-T has the same design, features, performance, and image quality as the previous model NEX 5-R. The camera only adds NFC features that allows users to transfer their images to a compatible device such as Tablet or Smartphone.

I would buy the NEX 5-T if I really need NFC feature and I would not buy it if I just want a picture quality that I needed. And prefer NEX 5-R that has the same picture quality despite having no NFC feature. Judging from the price of the NEX-5 T has a very good value to replace the NEX 5-R. It’ll available on the market in early September 2013 with price of US$700 including the 16-50mm Power Zoom kit lens.

Rating: ★★★★☆


Sony Alpha NEX-5T Specifications

Imaging Technology

Lens Mount: Sony E-Mount

Camera Format: APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)

Pixels: 16.1 Megapixel

Max Resolution: 16MP: 4912 x 3264 @ 3:2

Other Resolutions:

8.4MP: 3568 x 2368 @ 3:2
4MP: 2448 x 1624 @ 3:2
13.6MP: 4912 x 2760 @ 16:9
7.1MP: 3568 x 2000 @ 16:9
3.4MP: 2448 x 1376 @ 16:9
23MP: 12416 x 1856
15MP: 8192 x 1856
12MP: 2160 x 5536
8.4MP: 2160 x 3872

Sensor Type / Size: CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm

File Formats
+ Still Images: JPEG, RAW

+ Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264, MPEG-4 AVCHD

+ Audio: AAC LC, AC3

Dust Reduction System: Yes

Memory Card Type:
Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC


Video Recording: Yes, NTSC

1920 x 1080: 60 fps, 24 fps
1440 x 1080: 30 fps
640 x 480: 30 fps

Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 16:9

Video Clip Length: Up to 29 Min

Audio Recording: Built-in Mic: With Video, Stereo,

Focus Control

Focus Type: Auto & Manual

Focus Mode: Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)

Autofocus Points:
+ Phase Detection: 99

+ Contrast Detection: 25

Viewfinder / LCD Display

Display Screen: 3″ Rear Touchscreen Tilting LCD (921,600)

Screen Coverage: 100%

Live View: Yes

Exposure System

ISO Sensitivity: Auto, 100-25600

+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical

+ Speed: 30 – 1/4000 sec

+ Type: Electronic & Mechanical

+ Speed: 1/4 – 1/4000 sec in Movie Mode

Metering Method:
Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering, Spot metering

Exposure Modes
+ Modes: Aperture Priority, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority, Superior Auto, Sweep Panorama

+ Metering Range: EV 0.0 – EV 20.0
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in .3 EV steps)

+ White Balance Modes: Auto, Cloudy, Color Temperature, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade

+ Burst Rate: Up to 10 fps for up to 11 frames


Flash Modes Modes: Auto, Fill-in, Off, Rear Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Compensation: -2 EV to +2 EV (in .3 EV steps)

Built-in Flash Yes

Guide No. 22.97′ (7 m) ISO100

Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in .3 EV steps)

External Flash Connection Proprietary


Continuous Shooting: Up to 10 fps

Self Timer: 10 sec, 2 sec

Connectivity: USB 2.0, HDMI C (Mini)

Wi-Fi Capable Yes

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