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Sony Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Silver)

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Product Highlights
  • 16.1 MP APS-C Size HD Sensor
  • Uses Sony E-mount Lenses
  • Full 1080 HD 60p/60i/24p Movie Capture
  • 3.0" 180º Tilt-able Touchscreen LCD
  • Fast Hybrid Autofocus
  • PlayMemories Camera and Mobile Apps
  • Wi-Fi Sharing
  • Intuitive Interface with Control Dial
  • Low Light Performance up to ISO 25600
  • Includes Silver 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 Lens

The Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Silver) from Sony is Sony's latest compact interchangeable lens "mirrorless" camera. If you're considering an upgrade to a DSLR, but not sure you want to carry around such a big camera (or the big expense) or you're presently shooting with a DSLR and want comparable image quality in a compact form, consider the Sony NEX-5R. For starters, the 16MP APS-C-size sensor, fast Hybrid Autofocus, burst shooting up to 10 frames per second and on-camera operational dials offer you a few of the quality and design elements of a DSLR. Of course, you also have the capability to use a variety of lenses, the hallmark of DSLR photography. However, the NEX-5R brings with it advantages that DSLR's cannot offer, starting with its compact body which is about half the size of a DSLR. Add to that built-in Wi-Fi and a tilt-able LCD screen with touch screen operation (including shutter release!) and you begin to realize that the NEX-5R is a special camera that can bring you the best of both worlds.

This NEX-5R includes the silver Sony E-mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom lens, which is an ideal first lens to get you out and shooting. With a 35mm focal length equivalency of 27-82.5mm you have true wide-angle capability and can range up to standard telephoto length for drawing distant subjects close. Eleven optical elements (including 4 aspherical elements) mean minimal distortion and even light transmission to the sensor. Silent autofocusing make it great for shooting video and manual focus capability offers control when needed. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization makes it easier to achieve crisp, stable images and video in low-light or when zooming in on distant subjects.   

The 16.1MP APS-C-size Exmor HD CMOS image sensor housed in the NEX-5R is the same sensor format that Sony puts into its DSLR cameras and provides stunning, high-resolution images that can be blown-up for gorgeous prints with fine details and silky textures. It also is a highly sensitive sensor that can handle low-light situations. Sony's BIONZ Image Processing Engine suppresses color and luminance noise, giving you enhanced color reproduction, rich tonal graduations and an amazing clarity of detail. It also provides fast performance and processing speeds.

The NEX-5R is Sony's first E-mount camera with Fast Hybrid AF, utilizing two focusing technologies to provide extremely fast and accurate auto-focusing. Phase detection AF splits incoming images into two and compares them for light intensity in order to focus, it is a fast system, able to focus in 0.3 seconds and especially useful when tracking moving subjects. Contrast AF uses the image sensor to measure the contrast differences amongst the pixels, pixels that are "in focus" having higher contrast. It is considered a very accurate focusing system and combined with Phase detection AF, provides the 'Hybrid' system that gives the NEX-5R such a noteworthy DSLR-like auto-focusing capability.

The Hybrid auto-focusing is also utilized when shooting Full HD Video with the NEX-5R and provides continuous auto-focus when shooting video, something very few cameras do. Continuous AF gives your home movies that extra watchable touch that will command attention when you screen them on your HDTV via the provided HDMI output. Able to shoot at 60 frames per second or the more cinematic 24 frames per second, the NEX-5R also shoots with higher quality AVCHD codec and upload-friendly MP4 codec.

Wi-Fi is another first for NEX-5R. It is the first Sony Alpha camera to offer direct Wi-Fi connectivity to smartphones and tablets. With the PlayMemories Camera App installed to your Android, iPhone or tablet you can one-button transfer any image from your NEX-5R straight to your smartphone and from there to the world of waiting friends. This is a great way to share high quality images but also serves as a way to save and back-up images without removing the memory card. PlayMemories Apps also provide you with an easy way to add functions and updates to your camera.

Physically, the NEX-5R is an ultra-compact camera with the Sony E-mount which will allow you to use all the lenses in the E-mount line. It also has added a control dial next to the shutter button which greatly improves operational speed and a large tilt-able 3.0" LCD screen. Able to flip up 180º, this LCD makes shooting self-portraits super-easy but also offers a way to shoot street photography and snapshots in a discreet way that will provide you with emotional, un-posed moments to treasure. The LCD is also touch functional, including touch shutter release. Combining the control dial and touch screen with Sony's ultra-intuitive interface means that you get to the settings you want in a hurry and therefore get the shot you want instead of being caught fumbling through a menu while the action passes you by.

Heightened control and stellar image quality put the NEX-5R into a rarified class of camera, but its auto, assistive and creative functions make it accessible to any level of photographer. Auto HDR is a great function which makes it easy to capture difficult high-contrast shots by combining the best highlight and shadow aspects of two frames into one perfectly balanced photo. 6-image layering similarly captures six images in a split second and combines the best aspects of six to create one great image. This is great when shooting in low light or other instances where camera shake can affect an images' sharpness.  Auto Portrait Framing will recognize when you shoot a portrait and create a second image from your photo with an ideally cropped frame. Both the original and newly framed image are saved. Face Detection and Smile Shutter technology make for perfect portraits and group shots and Enhanced Tracking Focus keeps moving subjects in focus while you concentrate on the best composition. Amazingly, Tracking Focus and Face Detection can work together, if for example, your subject turns away from the camera (think, every kid!). The NEX-5R will switch automatically from Face Detection to Focus Tracking and back again when your subject stops and looks again toward the camera.

Other aspects that make the NEX-5R a great camera are its Creative and Fine-tune settings, Sweep Panorama mode, an optional multi-interface terminal, anti-dust technology and convenient USB charging. Whether you're looking to step-up from a point-and-shoot or are already familiar with DSLR's and want a more compact, but still high-quality camera, the Sony Alpha NEX-5R is the ideal camera to enter into the new world of compact interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras.

16.1MP APS-C size HD Image Sensor
The same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized Alpha DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, APS-C sensor size makes the difference between snapshots and photographs, delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
Fast Hybrid AF
Sony's advanced Fast Hybrid AF combines two technologies for outstanding performance: Phase detection auto focus for quick response that is ideal when tracking fast-moving subjects and contrast-detection auto focus for added precision. A perfect match that delivers optimal Auto Focus for fast, sharp focusing in any scene.
Full HD Movies at 60p/60i/24p
Capture HD Movies in your choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution. AVCHD codec delivers stunning picture quality and MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.
Wi-Fi Sharing
Wi-Fi capability - a first for Alpha-series - lets users transfer photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile app. Wi-Fi capability allows for sharing, viewing and saving photos for expanded photo-shooting enjoyment. Photos can be easily transferred to smartphones and tablets, viewed on large screen TVs or saved to PCs.
PlayMemories Camera Apps
Supports PlayMemories Camera Apps, the world's first application download service that lets users install new camera functions as needed.
180-degree Tilt-able 3.0" Touch LCD
The NEX-5R is equipped with a tilt-able LCD screen that flips up 180º without sacrificing the compactness for which the 5-series is renowned. This makes taking great self-portraits incredibly easy since users can precisely compose shots, choosing to include people or objects in the frame for more satisfying results.
Control Dial and Touch Screen
Control dial, Fn (function) button and touch screen (including touch shutter function) greatly facilitate operation and getting the shot that much easier.
Picture Effect Mode
There are 7 types (11 variations) of picture effects to choose from: Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color(R), Partial Color(G), Partial Color(B), Partial Color(Y), High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera. Each is unique and each give you a new and exciting way to make your images and videos pop.
6-image Layering
The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. The camera then combines the data from the 6 different images up to ISO 25600 to create a single image. This method is used to control blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode or to get cleaner, sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.
Accepts Sony E-mount Lenses
Compatible with Sony's wide selection of E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for Alpha NEX compact interchangeable lens cameras. The great thing about mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras is the creative options offered by a full line of lenses that continue to grow but will remain compatible.
Photo Creativity Touch Interface
The Photo Creativity touch interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without the complicated settings. Changes can be easily made using the control dial with results seen in real time on the LCD. Settings include: Background Defocus, Brightness, Color, Vividness and most Picture Effects.
Auto Portrait Framing
Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.
Clear Image Zoom
Utilizing Sony's exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you're using providing greater shooting flexibility.
Convenient USB charging
Easily recharge the camera via USB charging. Simply connect the bundled USB cable and recharge the battery without removing it from the camera, either via AC outlet or PC connection.
Auto HDR
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second.
Exposure Settings
The NEX-5R offers complete exposure control for the advanced shooter and automatic settings for those who prefer to let the camera decide. Exposure settings include: iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture Priority (A), Shutter Speed Priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama and Scene Selection.
Sweep Panorama Technology
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size and up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle at 18mm focal length.
Fast Auto Focus
Some cameras in this class are slow to focus. That can make you miss the shot on fast-moving subjects like sports and unpredictable subjects like pets and babies. Sony's fast Contrast Auto Focus system typically takes as little as 0.3 seconds and also offers continuous Auto Focus when shooting movies.
Manual Focus
Manual Focus Assist greatly magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring, making it easy to get razor-sharp images. And Peaking AF display makes precise manual focusing much easier by highlighting the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focal plane can make or break your shot. Works with E-mount lenses only.
Enhanced Tracking Focus
Tracking Focus continuously tracks a user-designated subject and is now more effective at tracking people. If the subject turns away from the camera, face-detection tracking automatically switches to subject tracking and continues tracking.
Face Detection Technology
The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.
Smile Shutter Technology
Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity.
Six Creative Style Settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.
PhotoTV HD Compatibility
Optimizes compatible BRAVIA televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures with required HDMI cable.
Dual Format Media Card Slot
For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo and SD/SDHC media (Class 4 or higher recommended),
Anti-Dust Technology
Dust on the image sensor leads to blemishes in the picture. To protect the sensor, Sony incorporates an advanced ultrasonic system, which effectively shakes dust off the sensor surface.
Sony Silver E-mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens
This NEX-5R includes the silver Sony E-mount 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom lens, which is an ideal first lens to get you out and shooting. With a 35mm focal length equivalency of 27-82.5mm you have true wide-angle capability and can range up to standard telephoto length for drawing distant subjects close. Eleven optical elements (including 4 aspherical elements)mean minimal distortion and even light transmission to the sensor. Silent autofocusing makes it great for shooting video and manual focus capability offers control when needed. And Optical SteadyShot image stabilization makes it easier to achieve crisp, stable images and video in low-light or when zooming in on distant subjects.
Imaging
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels 16.1 Megapixel
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVCHD
Audio: AAC
Bit Depth Not Specified By Manufacturer
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type SD
SDHC
SDXC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC/PAL
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Video Clip Length Up to 29 Minutes
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points 99 1
Please Note:

99 points in Phase Detection AF 25 points in Contrast AF

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Viewfinder/Display
Viewfinder Type LCD Display
Display Screen 3" Rear Touchscreen   LCD (921,600)
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity Auto, 100-3200 (Extended Mode: 100-25600)
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec
Metering Method Spot metering, Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Programmed Auto, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Custom, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Shade
Burst Rate Not Specified By Manufacturer
Flash
Flash Modes None
Built-in Flash No
Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
External Flash Connection Proprietary
Performance
Start-up Time Not Specified By Manufacturer
Shutter Lag Not Specified By Manufacturer
Continuous Shooting Not Specified By Manufacturer
Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
Wi-Fi Capable Yes
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7
Mac: OS X 10.3 or later
Power
Battery 1x NP-FW50  Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-ion Battery, 7.2VDC
Operating/Storage Temperature Not Specified By Manufacturer
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.5" / 110.8 x 58.8 x 38.9 mm
Weight 7.69 oz / 218 g without battery and card
Kit Lens
Focal Length 18 - 55 mm
Comparable Focal Length: 27 - 82.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 32
Angle of View 76° - 29°
Minimum Focus Distance 9.8" (24.89 cm)
Magnification 0.3x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 11/9
Diaphragm Blades 7
Autofocus Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Filter Thread Front:49 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.44 x 2.36" (62 x 60 mm)
Weight 6.84 oz (194 g)
Sony Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Silver)
  • E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver)
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1080mAh)
  • AC-UB10 AC Adapter
  • Flash
  • Flash Case
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Micro USB Cable
  • Lens Cap
  • Petal-type Lens Hood
  • CD-ROM
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    SonyAlpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Silver)
     
    4.5

    (based on 51 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Compact (40)
    • Easy to use (40)
    • Great resolution (37)
    • Fast shutter speed (33)
    • Large clear LCD (32)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (19)
    • Short battery life (11)
    • Limited zoom (8)
    • Complicated controls (7)
    • Poor in low light (3)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (38)
    • Travel (35)
    • Low light (28)
    • Video (28)
    • Wildlife (19)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (21), Casual photographer (18), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (43), Yes (7)

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    Piture quality are amazing.

    Sony's NEX-5RS is perfect for the family, weather you taking pictures at any one of your kids sporting event or family camping pictures, the Sony NEX-5R does it all. Very good...Read complete review

    Sony's NEX-5RS is perfect for the family, weather you taking pictures at any one of your kids sporting event or family camping pictures, the Sony NEX-5R does it all. Very good quality camera.Ligth weight,durable,compact.Nex-5r can do what any of my $800-1700 cameras can do I have Leica D-lux5,Canon 7D,Canon 60D.

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    Camera error, Warrent US only

    Overall good cameraBut I had a problem with the shutter, it causes camera error. Th ewarrenty is for USA only. So I had to pay more $$ for Sony repair center in my...Read complete review

    Overall good cameraBut I had a problem with the shutter, it causes camera error. Th ewarrenty is for USA only. So I had to pay more $$ for Sony repair center in my country to fix it.

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    5.0

    Light weight and great perfornance

    By Debiaze

    from Rio de Janeiro

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Fast Shutter Speed
    • Good Battery Life
    • Great Resolution
    • Large Clear LCD

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Travel
      • Video
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Silver):

      Picture quality are amazing. Sony's NEX-5RS is perfect for travelling. Very good quality...

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      4.0

      Great camera, light and easy to use.

      By Sahil

      from India

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Large Clear LCD
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Slow AF

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Travel

      Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

      Plenty of options in terms of lenses. A little slow to focus

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      • No

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      5.0

      I would buy this product again

      By Miko

      from Munich, Germany

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Zoom

      Cons

      • Fiddly Extra Flash

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Macro Photography
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

      I bought the NEX-5R because of the Wifi and touch screen. It was easy to connect the camera with my iPhone 5. Immediately I saw the pictures on my smartphone. That makes life easier. The photo quality is impressive. I would buy the camera again.

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      4.0

      NEX-5R

      By BartG

      from South Brunswick NJ

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Fast Shutter Speed
      • Good Battery Life
      • Good in Low Light
      • Great Resolution
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

      • Limited Zoom
      • No Viewfinder

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife photos

      Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

      I've wanted the Nex-5R for a while. Finally, purchased it and was not disappointed. Great photo quality and feature set. Awesome video. One thing I would suggest is getting a better lens for video if that is your goal. Being 18-55mm, the zoom on the stock lens is obviously lacking.

      The battery life is really good so far (about 2 weeks of ownership).

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      4.0

      NEX-5R amazing

      By Mark

      from Salem, MA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good in Low Light
      • Small / Compact

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Video

        Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

        I use the NEX-5R for casual fun projects that don't fit well with me carring my larger video camera. I'm old school so it takes some convincing for me to use tha AUTO functions, but this camera has great AUTO ability. It's not a short cut however, it takes time and smarts to use them well. The one that has me most excited is the ability of the camera to auto focus and follow a tracking shot with facial recognition in the video mode.
        I love to shoot at 24p and this camera looks great.

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        4.0

        Great alternative to my dslr

        By photographer

        from Netherlands

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls
        • Short Battery Life

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel
        • Video

        Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

        I bought this because I found my Canon DSLR too heavy to carry around all day. And for that purpose it is amazing. Its so small and light that I just carry it around with me all the time! Quality of photos and the physical build quality are great too, and im not missing a view finder at all. There are a number of reasons im not giving it 5 stars:
        - the interface for the camera settings is really confusing. With my DSLR, everything has a button but with this, you need to learn your way around the menu/settings.
        - battery life. Doesnt even come close to the DSLR. Would be nice if it had a separate battery charger to have a spare battery at hand.
        - The "view photos on smartphone" feature is no good. i thought i could use it to see if i have the right focus on photos etc, but you can only see a very low resolution image on the smartphone.
        Regardless of the above, I think its a wonderful device and I would recommend it.

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        5.0

        Best bang for your Buck!!!

        By Francanstyle

        from Orlando, FL

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Good Battery Life
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • Complicated Controls
        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Travel
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

        Light weight and great perfornance

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        • No

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        4.0

        Gifts in Small Boxes

        By Ryan Patrick

        from Buffalo, NY

        About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Great Resolution
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

        • No Viewfinder

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Travel
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife photos

        Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

        I was astounded to find how functional this mini DSLR was, In comparison to its overweight, oversized cousins. Not a single detail was missed. The mirrorless sensor is as accurate as you can possibly ask for in this price range as far as resolution and color is concerned. With and endless amount of extras and add-ons that appeal to a broad spectrum of customers, you canbe sure that this would be a great acquisition for anybody from children to experienced photographers.

        • Ease of Operation:
        • 6
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        • No

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        4.0

        Great camera for quick moments

        By John Brune

        from Fort Wayne, Indiana

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use
        • Fast Shutter Speed
        • Good Battery Life
        • Great Resolution
        • Large Clear LCD
        • Small / Compact

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

          I use this camera as a backup to my Sony FS-100 since it uses the same lens systems. It's a great still camera and all auto functions are intuitive and most can be manually controlled. Video is in 30 minute bursts but it comes in handy when working a crowd where a big camera draws too much attention. Stills are excellent and low light performance isn't bad. Adjustable LCD screen is to die for! Will not work with manual focus lenses (I tried for that shallow depth of field look and the camera rejected the lens and adapter). Not perfect but the best point and shoot I've ever seen or used--tested on red carpet at this year's Emmy's! Video quality is excellent and matches the FS-100 just fine--especially in 24P.

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 10
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          • No

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          5.0

          great camera

          By karamba_100

          from NJ

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Zoom
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • Short Battery Life

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

          it is a small camera but well option like a big SLR CAMERA.
          light
          easy to used
          very practice

          • Ease of Operation:
          • 7
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          • No

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          4.0

          Great DSLR for Serious Hobbyists

          By Alex

          from Dallas, TX

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Good in Low Light
          • Great Resolution
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Small / Compact

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

            Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

            Pros:-Excellent Image quality-Great ergonomics-Lightweight and small in size-Addition of control wheel and function button very helpful-Good kit lens (not the best, but well worth the price)Cons:-No separate battery charger included-Touchscreen is not very responsive-Can't assign/program control wheels and buttons.At the end of the day it's a great camera and I highly recommend it. The only thing I really wish it had is an EVF, but at $ less than the NEX-6, it's something I'm willing to give up. I'll shop for a used EVF in the future.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great features in a small camera

            By Derek

            from Winter Park, CO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Battery Life
            • Great Resolution
            • Large Clear LCD

            Cons

            • Complicated Controls

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Travel
            • Video
            • Wildlife photos

            Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

            Takes excellent photos. Lots of control over the camera. Just what I was looking for!

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 8
            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            5.0

            nice digital back for my manual lens

            By Renat

            from Kazakhstan

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Good in Low Light
            • Great Resolution
            • Small / Compact

            Cons

            • Short Battery Life

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Video

            Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

            it is nice digital back for my manual lens/ 5+

            • Ease of Operation:
            • 10
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

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            4.0

            Two steps forward and one step back

            By Renato S.

            from São Paulo, BR

            About Me Semi-Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Good in Low Light
            • Small / Compact
            • Wi-fi

            Cons

            • Can't Customize Buttons
            • Can't Set Fn Button
            • Horrible Menus
            • Resistive Touch Screen

            Best Uses

              Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

              There are some clear upgrades over the NEX-5n, the Fn Button, the extra dial and the Wi-fi capabilities but there are also some let downs - and the tiltable screen for some. The NEX-5n had a better build quality, it also had a better touchscreen and you were able to customize the mode dial button.

              I can accept a worse build quality in favor of having Wi-Fi, but why a worse touchscreen? It was a great CAPACITIVE touch screen on the NEX-5n but it was almost useless for lacking of what to do with, it couldn't even touch shutter. And Now you have more functions that you can or use a touchscreen but now you have a very imprecise RESISTIVE touchscreen? Makes no sense.

              Why Sony put a very welcomed Fn button but does not allow us to customize it? The whole existence of a custom key is to customize it. The mode dial which was also customizeble on the NEX-5n is not customizeble anymore. I really can't understand that.

              It's an upgrade over the NEX-5n, but I fail to understand why couldn't Sony just keep the goods and evolve over it instead of two steps forward and one step back?

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 5
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              4.0

              Highly recommended.

              By Omar

              from Edgewater, NJ

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good Battery Life
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom
              • No Viewfinder

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Silver):

              Ease of use of a point and shot camera with features of a professional camera. Small enough to carry everywhere big enough to take award winning pictures. The only thing I'd add would be lack of viewfinder as taking pictures on a sunny bright day becomes a bit challenging with the LCD screen.

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              • No

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              4.0

              Love This Camera

              By JRags

              from West Islip, NY

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Great Resolution
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light
              • Short Battery Life

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife photos

              Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

              I am a professional event photographer. I bought this camera for my personal use. I must say I love this camera. It is light weight and very comfortable in my hands (not too small where it feels like a toy and not too heavy where it becomes to cumbersome).It has a ton of features and plenty of accessories so if you want to feed your photography habit, like I always want to do, this is the camera for you. So far I've only purchased the bigger flash. It helps a lot with indoor photography compared to the stock flash since it allows you to bounce the flash, thus avoided the dreaded "flat light" look that I can't stand. With all its features you can create some beautiful photos. The one thing I've noticed it that in "Superior" mode, and especially indoors, the picture color and focus look a bit over exaggerated and the overall quality of flash photography isn't that good with this camera, but like most cameras, indoor flash photography is always a bit of a challenge. Outdoor photos, however, look beautiful. I have taken some video with this camera and that looks awesome too. Although I'm the type of person who prefers to shoot video with a dedicated video camera. I prefer not to use the included editing software and just use Photoshop. You can shoot in RAW which enables you to fix the photos that might be a bit under or over exposed better than in Jpeg format. The only other slight problem is that the battery life is a bit short and it takes a long time to recharge. All that being said, I would still highly recommend this camera for any occasion. With an added zoom lens and the bigger flash the possibilities are endless with this little gem. From event photos (not professional) to photographing your kids little league games I don't think you'll be disappointed.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 7
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Worth it

              By Suki

              from Mystic, ct

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

              • Limited Zoom

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Macro Photography
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Silver):

              Takes really sharp pictures. Still figuring it all out, so much to it and all instructions are inside. Very glad I took the plunge.

              • Ease of Operation:
              • 8
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Sony bring the best as always

              By Max

              from Chicago,IL

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Fast Shutter Speed
              • Good in Low Light
              • Great Resolution
              • Great Zoom
              • Large Clear LCD
              • Small / Compact

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Macro Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

                Smaller version of a good DSLR! Awesome applications can be downloaded directly to camera from Play memories camera applications and they are very useful.

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 9
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Fairly good out of the box

                By Traveler

                from Pasadena, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Fast Shutter Speed
                • Great Resolution
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Complicated Controls
                • Limited Zoom
                • No Viewfinder
                • Short Battery Life

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Sports/Action
                • Travel
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Silver):

                Purchased NEX 5R to supplement Canon 60D on road trip. As expected, NEX 5R didn't do too well in sunlight. Will have to buy view finder. Frequently shoot using Auto Bracketing but found the 5R to be cumbersome. Need to navigate through menu to get to the setting and found that I can only use the preset. Maybe there is some other way but haven't found it. Battery life is also fairly short. Hate the battery charger with dangling USB wire. I prefer to pop out the battery and charge it in a compact charger.
                Like compactness, light weight and fast auto focus.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Good step up from point-and-shoot

                By OhBabyItsBen

                from London, UK

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use
                • Large Clear LCD
                • Small / Compact

                Cons

                • Complicated Controls
                • No Viewfinder

                Best Uses

                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife photos

                Comments about Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 E-mount Zoom Lens (Black):

                I've always been a point-and-shoot kinda guy, but have always wanted a bit more, especially in terms of adjusting things like shutter, aperture and exposure, and having interchangeable lenses. I decided to take the plunge and so far things have worked out great. I will be taking going to the Alps and Northern Spain in short order so I will post an update if I can, but after a wedding in NJ, a few days on the street in NYC and a couple more days in CT I feel pretty comfortable with the camera and the lenses I've started off with (Sigma 30mm, Sony 18-55 and 55-210)

                Why 4 stars and not 5? I guess that depends on how you look at things. The camera doesn't have a view finder and you have to go into the touch screen to get switch modes and priority, things that aren't a problem with the NEX-6. So in comparison with mirror-less cameras of that calibre it's a 4 star. On it's own I'd say so far that it's 5 star, but I haven't had it long enough to feel confident in that rating. As I said before, keep an eye out for the update..........

                • Ease of Operation:
                • 7
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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