Sony Alpha NEX-5

Announced May 11, 2010 •
14 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Announced May 11, 2010

The NEX-5 (together with its smaller sister model, the NEX-3) is Sony's first contribution to the mirrorless interchangeable lens camera sector. Both NEX cameras are both built around the 14.6 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor announced at the PMA 2010 exhibition in February and the mirrorless E-mount. The NEX-5 offers a high-resolution tilting screen, fast continuous shooting and 1080i HD AVCHD video capture.

In iAuto mode the camera does a decent job for point-and-shoot users but where the NEX really shines is the PASM modes where you can take full advantage of the large, very capable sensor. The feature sets are impressive, as are the NEX's portability and flexibility. The NEX-5 is not a substitute for a DSLR but offers DSLR image quality without the bulk.

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Group review, Jun 7, 2010
Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4592 x 3056
Effective pixels 14 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Lens mount Sony E
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format AVCHD
Storage types SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 287 g (0.63 lb / 10.12 oz)
Dimensions 111 x 59 x 38 mm (4.37 x 2.32 x 1.5)
GPS None

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Our review

The NEX-5 is a dramatic and original approach to camera design, offering some of the best image quality its class in a tiny, sleek body. It's not perfect as a camera to just point-and-shoot but in the hands of someone willing to take a little control is capable of superb results.

Good for: Gadget lovers, Panoramics, Enthusiast photographers wanting APS-C image quality in a tiny package.

Not so good for: Fast action shooting.

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