Sony Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera

Sony Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera

Sony Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera

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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
  • Six-Image Layering
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Sony NEX-5R overview

  • 1Description

The Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera 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 more 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 offer you the best of both worlds.

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 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 family 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 image 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 together. 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 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 PC's.
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.
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.
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.
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.
In the Box
Sony Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh) ebrsctvcxsbqaudwdxsszwbfyq
  • AC-UB10 AC Adapter
  • Flash
  • Flash Case
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • Micro USB Cable
  • CD-ROM
  • One Year Limited Warranty
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    Sony NEX-5R specs

    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: AVCHD
    Audio: AAC
    Dust Reduction System Yes
    Memory Card Type SD
    Memory Stick Pro Duo
    Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
    AV Recording
    Video Recording Yes, NTSC
    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
    Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
    Autofocus Points 99

    99 points in Phase Detection AF 25 points in Contrast AF

    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  
    Metering Method Center-Weighted Average Metering, Multi-Zone Metering, Spot 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
    Flash Modes None
    Built-in Flash No
    Flash Compensation -2 EV to +2 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
    External Flash Connection Proprietary
    Self Timer 2 Seconds, 10 Seconds
    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
    Battery 1 x NP-FW50 Built-in Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery, 7.2 VDC
    Dimensions (W x H x D) 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.5" / 111.8 x 58.4 x 38.1 mm
    Weight 7.69 oz / 218.01 g without battery and card
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.8 x 5.3 x 4.8"

    Sony NEX-5R reviews

    Alpha NEX-5R Mirrorless Digital Camera is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 13.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The gear make you a photo pro Having studied/compared this mirrorless with NEX-6/7 and other top brands, I believe I made the right decision for all the features I needed and the money I spent. 2 weeks after received it, I have taken a bout 2000 pics under different conditions in attempts to test out the functions/settings available. The pictures look better than what I took with my other $3000 N and C brands. I like the tough screen with user friendly manual and the two dials (top and back)able to adjust exposure parameters separately at the same time. I have not had a chance to try out the movies yet. This is the right gear meets all you need if you are not a pro living on a camera.
    Date published: 2013-05-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from SLR quality, P&S size I have been shooting with Canon DSLR's for years now, and just bought this Sony Alpha NEX-5R for use by my workgroup to document vehicles and components. I bought it with the 16mm pancake lens. On Auto, this camera takes very nice pictures at 16MP, and even at high ISO, the noise is very minimal. Especially Chroma noise is almost nonexistent. On Manual, you get full manual controls, with the upper wheel setting shutter, and the thumb wheel around the menu nav buttons setting aperture. ISO is addressable to one of a few soft keys, so you can quickly change any or all critical settings. WB is also assignable to a soft key. This camera makes me want to sell my Canon DSLR kit and get one for myself.
    Date published: 2013-01-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nothing is perfect Bought this for the size. I have learned I don't tend to carry my reg. sized DSLR in casual settings. Too big. But I do demand quality pics. So this seemed a good solution. Camera IS small. I also opted for the 16-50 collapsable lens, keeping this package nearly pocketable. Great. All other reviewers are correct in their findings. There is a lot of menu diving, but I forced myself to learn all the settings/options so I can quickly navigate with really no problem. Yes battery life is low. I guess carry a spare. Video is excellent. Screen is hard to read in normal sun. (I hoped those reviews were wrong, but they are not). Image/color quality to me is very good EXCEPT this lens has bad barrel distortion (curved straight lines) at the wide angle end of zoom range. Build quality is good. For those interested, a 16 gig card will give 1 hr plus of video or about 2500 jpeg stills, both at highest quality. I wish Sony offered more lens options. The flip out screen works well for this senior when doing shots down low to ground. I have no use for the wifi feature. One obscure feature I love is the level indicator. In fact there are quite a few features that were pleasant surprises that Sony doesn't reference in their marketing. This may become my main go to camera for my casual shooting expeditions.
    Date published: 2013-06-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A decent SLR like camera I have been a big fan of the NEX 5 quality for a while now. I always wanted a DSLR quality with a small foot print and easy to carry. I feel camera shouldnt be a burden to carry , without compromising on quality. I bought this body only as it was 350 well in my budget., ordered lens seperately for $ on *. However its better to buy the 5T here with lens for the same price. You will not regret your purchase. Also, dont bother the apps or wifi, they are unresponsive sometimes. However the picture quality is awesome, that is what all you need.
    Date published: 2014-05-14
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Camera for the Price This is an excellent camera for novice photographers looking to step up to the next level. I researched mirrorless cameras for months and decided on the NEX 5R. This camera has DSLR quality in a small package. Users will need to spend time learning the controls. With the growing list of lenses available plus adapters for other lenses, the options are endless. This is a GREAT VALUE.
    Date published: 2013-05-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just what we needed HIgh end point and shoot camera with awesome results and image quality. The AUTO features are amazing, even from a professional point of view. -Very easy to use, just requires a good hour sit down in a quiet room to get on top of it. -Kinda small, so make sure you use the wrist cord on all the time.
    Date published: 2013-05-31
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Small camera with big potential I recently purchased one of these as an inexpensive backup to my Canon DSLR bodies. Still patting myself on the back for doing so :) I use my NEX 5R pretty much exclusively for video; I purchased an inexpensive adapter so I could use all of my EF mount primes. In a lot of ways, the image quality is just as good as on my Canon bodies. In some ways, it is even better. The low-light performance is surprisingly fantastic. I have shot video with the ISO over 1,000 and gotten lovely results with almost no video noise. I've been able to get some sharper, more defined images with the NEX as well (not overly sharp, of course). The only real problem I have is with adjusting aperture. If you're shooting with EF lenses, you will need to invest in a more expensive lens adapter that lets you adjust aperture electronically. With the less expensive adapters, you have to first set the aperture of your lens on a Canon body and then transfer to your NEX. Kind of a pain, but not enough to discourage me from using this camera extensively. Overall, I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a nice backup to their more expensive camera bodies, or to anyone who wants to shoot high quality video on a smaller budget.
    Date published: 2014-05-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from DSLR quality through a great sensor Always ready in my everyday pack. Thanks to its aps-c sensor, you get amazing bokeh and very low noise even at high iso. AF is precise and reliable but not quite as fast as on d-slrs. Very good as a second camera with the excellent 50mm F1.8 oss telephoto lens. Great value for this level of quality.
    Date published: 2012-11-18
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