Sony Alpha NEX-5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver)

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver)

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver)

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Product Highlights

  • Extremely Compact HD Imaging System
  • 14.2 MP APS (1.5x) Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • Interchangeable 18-55mm E-Series Lens
  • HD 1080/60i Video / Dolby Digital (AC-3)
  • Tiltable 3" 921,600-dot TFT TruBlack LCD
  • Up to ISO 12800 / Up to 7 fps
  • Auto HDR capture / DRO Optimizer
  • In-Camera 226° Sweep Panoramas
  • Magnesium-alloy Body (8.1 oz)
  • Memory Stick PRO Duo or SD/SDHC Cards
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Sony NEX-5 Overview

  • 1Description

Sony's α (Alpha) NEX-5 takes mirror-less/finder-less, interchangeable-lens camera technology to the next level by integrating the resolving power of an APS-format imaging sensor in a camera body that's 48% smaller and 49% lighter than traditional compact DSLRs.

While the camera is physically smaller than a compact DSLR, it retains the imaging qualities of an APS imaging sensor, which contains 58% more surface area than a Four Thirds imaging sensor, and about 13 times the surface area of point-and-shoot imaging sensors. The end result is true pro-quality resolving power in a far smaller package. For still imaging, the NEX-5 captures JPEGs (Fine or Standard), RAW, or JPEG+RAW in a choice of sRGB or Adobe RGB color spaces. In addition to stills, the NEX-5 also captures HS 1080/60i video as well as Full-AVCHD video with Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 audio. For more precise audio there is an optional shoe-mounted shotgun mic that features 90°/120° tilt movement.

The NEX-5 is designed to use Sony E-series lenses, a compact line of optics designed to work with the reduced flange distance that resulted from the removal of the reflex viewing system. The new E-series optics are smaller than Sony's traditional DSLR optics while retaining the imaging qualities Sony is recognized for. In addition to Sony E-series optics, you can also use any of Sony's traditional DSLR lenses (as well as all Minolta AF-mount optics) on the NEX-5 by using the optional LA-EA1 lens adapter. (Note - Manual focus and full-open aperture metering only when using LA-EA1 lens adapter)

The Live View viewing system of the Sony NEX-5 consists of a hi-fidelity 3", 921,600-dot TFT TruBlack LCD that can be tilted downward 45° and upwards of 80° for composing still or video images from extreme angles and/or in tighter shooting quarters.

As for performance levels, the NEX-5's Contrast Auto Focus system has quick response times and can capture full-res stills at burst-rates up to 7 frames-per-second. Low-light shooters will appreciate the ability to increase ISO sensitivity up to 12800, not to mention the NEX-5's Anti-Motion Blur and Hand-held Twilight modes, which capture 6 rapid-sequence images of a subject, analyze the exposure and focusing details of each image, and layer the optimum portions of these exposures into a single optimized image.

Another cool feature found on the Sony NEX-5 is Sony's renowned Sweep Panorama mode, which captures up to 60 individual images and stitches them together in-camera to produce panoramic images up to 226° across by simply pressing the shutter and 'sweeping' the camera vertically or horizontally across the area you want to capture.

Other features found on the Sony NEX-5 include manual overrides for focus and exposure controls, Auto HDR capture and a Dynamic Range Optimizer for expanding shadow and highlight details, Advanced Anti-Dust technologies, 8 Scene modes and 6 Creative settings, Background Defocus, for in-camera selective-focus control, a 25-point AF system, HDMI connectivity, and up to 330 exposures per battery charge.

Because Sony NEX-series are designed with hand-held, low-light/high ISO imaging in mind, there is no built-in flash. But for times you want or need to use flash, a low-profile Sony HVL-F7S P-TTL flash (guide # 7m @ ISO 100) is included with each camera.

Included with this kit is a Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens (27-82.5mm equivalent), which contains 11 elements in 9 groups, 4 aspheric surfaces, a minimum focus of 0.82' (0.25 m), and Optical SteadyShot technology for up to 4-stops of vibration reduction.

Smallest in Class
This is the world's smallest interchangeable lens digital still camera (as of April 2010). Removing the conventional mirror box, AF sensor and viewfinder, and reducing the "flange back" distance enables image quality of a DSLR in a camera that's 48% smaller and 49% lighter than Sony's compact DSLRs.
APS-C Size HD Image Sensor
The NEX-5 contains the same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between "snapshots" and "photographs," delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
Interchangeable Lenses
Compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for α compact interchangeable lens cameras. Opens up a world of creative options.
First in Class with 1080/60i Video
This is the world's first interchangeable lens still camera with 1080/60i AVCHD Full HD, exactly the same resolution and frame rate as most broadcast and cable HDTV channels. Records in 1080/60i AVCHD format, 1080/30p high definition in PC-friendly MP4 format and standard definition 480/30p in MP4 format.
14.2 Megapixel Resolution
You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.
Up to 7 Frames-per-Second
Capture the decisive moment in sports and get the ideal baby photo. Up to 7 fps continuous shooting at full 14.2 MP resolution with exposure and focus fixed at the first frame. Standard continuous shooting at up to 2.3 fps.
ISO 12800 Sensitivity
Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail. As of April 2010, this is best-in-class performance, made possible by low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor.
Ultra-light Magnesium Alloy Fascia
The camera combines high strength with low weight, thanks to the Magnesium alloy front fascia.
Sweep Panorama
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. Up to 226 degrees maximum sweep angle (16mm focal length).
AntiMotion Blur Mode
Corrects for subject movement to capture amazingly clean and sharp images in low-light. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image that minimizes subject blur.
Hand-held Twilight Mode
Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures-beyond the capability of traditional cameras-without using flash or a tripod. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image of extraordinary detail and low noise.
Auto HDR Built into Camera
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. Until recently, you needed a computer and editing software. Sony builds HDR in. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes (Recommended for still subjects).
Live View LCD
The LCD monitor is active full-time for composing shots. Provides a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays.
Tiltable 3" LCD Screen
Empowers your photography with a different point of view. Tilts down 45° and up 80° to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss.
920K Pixel TruBlack LCD Screen
Sony's Xtra Fine LCD monitor has best-in-class resolution (as of April 2010). The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increase contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further in bright sunlight.
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 just 0.3 seconds. Also offers continuous Auto Focus when shooting movies.
Intelligent Auto Focus
Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum.
iAUTO (Intelligent Auto) Mode
Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. Takes advantage of Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization without leaving auto mode so you always get the best shot.
On-screen Help Guide
Provides ready reference, explains the camera's modes and settings. Walks you through camera operation so you get the best shot. Helps you advance from basic operation to greater sophistication.
Control Wheel + Soft Keys
Unlike cameras that bristle with knobs, buttons and dials, the NEX-5 features a simple turn-and-click Control Wheel and context-sensitive Soft Keys. It's elegant, uncluttered and intuitive.
BIONZ image processor
The brain of the camera is a refined version of Sony's BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 12800 sensitivity. Also enables fast processing for up to 7 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 14.2 megapixel images. Sweep Panorama and 6 image layering.
Accepts DSLR A-mount Lenses
Using the LA-EA1 adaptor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of α A-mount system lenses, which includes 28 current models and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide. Operational restrictions apply.
25-point Auto Focus
25 sensors cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame.
Multi-Segment Measuring
Optimizes exposure based on 49 segments. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations.
Manual Focus Assist
Greatly magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring, making it easy to get razor-sharp images. Works with E-mount lenses only.
RAW Image Capture
The NEX-5 saves your pictures as compact JPEG files or ultra-high quality RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.
"Background Defocus" Control
Cameras with APS-C sensors take beautiful pictures because they can blur the background. That helps make your subject stand out as the center of attention in portrait photography. But you've had to know about aperture f-stops and shutter speeds. Now Sony makes it easy. Simply turn the Control Wheel one way for backgrounds in focus, the other for background defocus.
Accepts Image Stabilized lenses
Selected E-mount lenses incorporate Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to combat the effects of camera shake. Building stabilization into the lenses enables the camera body to be remarkably thin and light.
Powerful Supplied Software
To help you refine and manage your images, the camera is equipped with computer software including Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR and Picture Motion Browser (PMB).
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.
HDMI Output for HD Viewing
Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output. In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote.
8 Scene Selection Modes
These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Portrait, Sports, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait and Hand-held Night Shot modes.
6 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.
P/A/S/M Operating Modes
The NEX-5 offers a full range of controls from the beginner's iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.
Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.
Up to 300 Shots of Battery Life
Take up to 300 shots on a single charge with Sony lithium ion Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.
Supplied Detachable Flash
To help you shoot more effectively in formal portraits, the supplied flash has a Guide Number of 7.
Dual Media Slots
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). (Memory card is required. All are sold separately.)
PhotoTV HD Compatibility
Optimizes compatible BRAVIA televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures.
Index and Slide Show Display
Quickly review your photos using 6- or 12-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect.
In the Box
Sony Alpha NEX-5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver)
  • E-series 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Lens w/Shade
  • Sony HVL-F7S TTL Flash
  • NP-FW50 InfoLITHIUM Rechargeable Battery
  • BC-VW1 Battery Charger
  • Mini B USB Cable
  • Software CD
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Front Cap
  • 1-Year Warranty
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    Sony NEX-5 Specs

    Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
    Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
    Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
    File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
    Movies: AVC/H.264
    Audio: AAC
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Audio Recording With Video (Stereo)
    Focus Type Auto & Manual Focus
    Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
    Autofocus Points 25
    Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting LCD (921,600)
    Screen Coverage 100%
    Exposure Control
    ISO Sensitivity 100 to 25600
    Shutter Type: Electronic
    Speed: 30 to 1/4000  
    Metering Method Spot Metering, Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering
    Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Shutter Priority
    Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV Steps)
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Shade, Preset Manual
    External Flash Connection Proprietary
    Self Timer 2 Seconds
    Connectivity AV Output
    HDMI C (Mini)
    USB 2.0
    Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7 
    Battery 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.5" / 11.2 x 5.8 x 3.8 cm
    Weight 7.4 oz / 209.8 g Camera body only
    Kit Lens 2
    Focal Length 18 to 55 mm
    Comparable APS-C Focal Length: 27 to 82.5 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 to 5.6
    Minimum: f/22 to 32
    Viewing Angle 76° to 29°
    Minimum Focus Distance 9.84" / 24.99 cm
    Magnification 0.3x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
    Elements/Groups 11/9
    Diaphragm Blades 7
    Autofocus Yes
    Image Stabilization No
    Filter Thread Front:  49 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.44 x 2.36" / 6.20 x 5.99 cm
    Weight 6.84 oz / 193.91 g

    Sony NEX-5 Reviews

    Alpha NEX-5 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Lens (Silver) is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 154.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sony Hits the Mark! The advent of the mirrorless digital exchangeable lens era has a new champ in the Sony NE-5. In comparisons of resolution, color, and noise the Sony compares very favorably with competition from the Canon line as well as Nikons. In fact I would call the Sony the best of the bunch. My only gripes are the removable flash (confusing to use) and the form factor. A pocketable camera it is not. When comparing it to my previous favorite, the Canon G10, I found the Sony NEX-5 has lower noise, slightly better resolution and significantly better color. I highly recommend it. That is unless you want a camera you can put in a coat pocket
    Date published: 2010-07-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good, but Sony could have done better I am a semi-pro, and I got the NEX-5 just for hiking and to carry in my purse. Sony was looking at the wrong class of users; the people who will buy this are the advanced amateurs and pros, as a backup or lightweight camera. Others won't be able to see the differences. I wish they had put an exposure lock on it, and why does auto-focus need to be turned on all the time? It wastes the battery. Otherwise, so far (after 2 weeks) it seems well built, and I do like the ISO range. It is so small and easy to carry, even with the 18-55 lens. And image quality seems excellent using RAWs. So far I'm happy with it. (However, I DO NOT like the RAW converter software program.)
    Date published: 2011-04-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully designed As a professional cinematographer who specializes in hand-held camerawork, I appreciate a picture-taking machine that feels right in my hands. Sony's Alpha NEX-5 is such a camera -- clearly designed by engineers who actually use the cameras they produce. The result is an affordable camera whose features rival camera costing 50-100% more, and whose controls can be learned almost instinctively, without the fuss of hunting through menus. This is the way to build a camera, so you can pick it up and go shoot good pictures because it feels as natural as an extension of your own hands.
    Date published: 2011-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So far we are in love with this camera We use this camera for everyday snapshots, but the main purpose for buying the camera was to take quality photos of my husband's artwork. We have been amazed at the various settings available as well as how well the camera can take photos in low light (where our old camera would have serious problems). Every day I hear my husband exclaim, I love this camera!. So far we have the 18mm - 55mm lense and that seems to work well. If needed we will purchase other lenses, including perhaps a pancake lense. The flash is attached separately, which could be a pain, I suppose. However we have yet to really need to use the flash. All in all, a great camera.
    Date published: 2010-11-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Camera We had bought a T1i for my wife to use when we were on vacation and found that she often avoided taking it on outings due to the large size. I sold that camera and purchased her this just before going on a vacation. Wow! We loved it, we used it everywhere and rarely brought out my DSLR after the first few days. The image quality is great, the camera is light and comfortable to carry and the UI is very intuitive. The only negative that we noticed was battery life due, so we carried 2 spare batteries and we could take 1000+ photos easy. We're planning on buying at least one more of these in the near future and are very happy with it.
    Date published: 2011-04-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from NEX-5 Delivers I use this camera exclusively instead of my DSLR because it takes great pictures without intimidating people like a traditional SLR does. It's easy to sneak in to concerts or other events where a larger camera would grab attention. But little do they know that it contains a power 14 mega-pixel sensor that handles low lighting situations like a champ. It's great because the lenses are interchangeable, it takes good video, and works like a dream in situations with low light. It's also quite small. It could be greatly improved with a better flash, proper pict-bridge support, and tethered shooting. Also, complex software menu (supposed to be fixed with new firmware release)
    Date published: 2010-10-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Take Everywhere Camera I'm a fussy shooter. I shoot with Nikons High End Pro gear. But I needed a carry around all the time solution. I bought a Canon G-10, but I was not impressed with it at all. So, after selling that, I opted for the Sony NEX-5. I did not make this purchase as any kind of substitute, but for something I could have with me at times the big guns were not either allowed, or where size mattered. This camera far exceeded my expectations, even shooting jpegs. I've gotten stunning results. Some minor negatives as I listed in cons, but overall very happy.
    Date published: 2010-07-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from DSLR quality without the size! I've owned this camera for about a month now and so far I love it! I used to own a Canon Rebel T1i but it was to bulky for me to carry. But I still wanted a DSLR type camera. I saw this bad boy on Sony's website and I just had to get it. It takes excellent pictures espcially in low light. Also the auto motion blur feature is great. I took pictures of my godson who cant stay still and I was still able to get a clear shot of him without that blurring aftereffect of movement. one more thing about this camera is its panoramic shots! I was able to take a complete panoramic of a rainbow over Disney's Magic Kindom. Picture is so nice. All these features along with the interchangeable lenses, you just cant go wrong!
    Date published: 2010-09-07
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