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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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    • No

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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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    • No

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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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    • No

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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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      • No

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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.

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      • 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
        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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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          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
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          • 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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            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
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            • 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
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              • 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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