Sony Alpha NEX-5

Announced May 11, 2010 •
14 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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I really enjoy the tilt feature on the viewfinder. The presets like landscape produce some great results. The only draw back for me is you have to make sure you have a full charge on your battery when you head out for the day. Got caught one time when the camera sat for a week and the battery charge level was almost dead.

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After the NEX3, like many others, I felt the itch for the NEX5. The magnesium build and better movie capabilities are certainly enticing, but the sleek body is a hot feature, especially for street shooting. The upgrading functionality of the NEX5 vs. the cheaper NEX3, is entirely firmware. That being said, the shutter release is definitely more quite and sturdy sounding compared to the NEX3. It is something that helps in a crowded environment. The camera is indeed very well build. I was about ...

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I`m using this camera only for video recording of landscapes. Very-very acceptable quality. -large sensor -rock solid build quality -good ergonomics -relatively small in size Problems: When doing some photos, i had noticed that lens quality is rather poor (16mm fixed), if we compare it, for example, with Sigma DP1X EXCELLENT fixed lens.

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An interchangeable lens rangefinder-ish camera with a modern Sony sensor? Yes please, I thought. Have had it a year now and what it does, it does well. I'm still finding new features. It's also the first camera that made me feel redundant as a photographer. JPEGs are excellent to the point I rarely need worry about RAW, the HDR and Panoramic functions are pure gold, low-light capability constantly surprises me. Magnified focus is excellent for nailing focus in tricky conditions. Focus ...

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I started using old M42-mount lenses with my Sony A100. Then I used an A350 that I modified to use a dual-split screen to make focus easier. However, my old Minolta Rokkor lenses couldn't focus to infinity without an adapter that had IQ-destroying glass elements in it. The micro 4/3 cameras never seemed viable -- I like wide angles, and a 2X crop makes no old glass very wide. Then came the NEX-5, which I've been using for a year now. I've got over 100 lenses in a mix of mounts: Minolta ...

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I bought a NEX-5 some weeks ago with a pancake lens as I couldn't just buy a body. What I really wanted, and bought, was a 18-200mm lens. I wanted a "light" DSLR as I found my Canon 40D too heavy to carry around. This camera with this lens attached is a really serious piece of kit. I won't repeat all the good things previously said about build, picture quality, performance etc., it's all true. I never take the 18-200mm lens off as it is so versatile. It is beautifully made and I don't ...

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When I heard that the NEX-5 can accept many other camera lenses, I instently decided I must have it. I can use my old Leica R 6.2 lenses on it with proper adapters. I've been playing with it now for about a week and am finding that the minue is quite intuitive. I like the way it is devided into six parts; Shoot mode wheel, Camera, Image Size Brightness/Color, Brightness/Color, Playback, and Setup. I like the simplisity of few buttons and yet access to all the functions are easy and ...

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I came from a Canon 5DII with a few L lens. It was so much to lug around I never wanted to bring it. This is certainly no 5DII but it sure gets close to a 60D or Tsi. The HDR mode is fantastic. I use it all the time. Panorama is one click. Manual focus is like Live View on a 5DII, but even better. I love the user interface. Canon/Nikon better get their act together and come out with one of these.

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bshy
 
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I bought this camera about 20 days ago and have taken approx. 1000 pictures in this period. At first in shop I compared it side by side with olympus Ep-1, canon 60D and nikon D7000. According to many reviews only image quality of d7000 was slightly better. But the size and shape (Not big black) was the winning point of nex-5. -Photos show only little softening (could be corrected in raw capture), sometimes because of lens -Excellent low light performance -Portable and lightweight -Very good ...

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reckford
 
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This is just a splendid little camera. The 16mm and 18-55mm lenses feel very high quality (though they are about average as far as kits go) and the body is extremely solid. However, the real power of this camera comes when it is using true rangefinder lenses. Coupled with a newer Leica this camera remains compact and the images are stunning, while the price remains well below that of any digital rangefinders on the market that could possibly match it. The controls are not as bad as the ...

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