Nex 5 is tiny

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ZJLM Senior Member • Posts: 1,161
Nex 5 is tiny

No, I don't have giant hands - the camera is small

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Charles Nguyen Senior Member • Posts: 1,068
Re: Nex 5 is tiny

Good to know. NEX5 with lens does seem to look big in the pics. I just ordered mine through Sony style

redsim74 Senior Member • Posts: 2,209
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I have to say I was surprised to see that the NEX-5 is smaller than the NEX-3. The early leaked images didn't really show the comparative size at all.

I'd certainly be tempted by one of these, though the user interface appears to be a bit of an issue.

Henry Richardson Forum Pro • Posts: 17,978
Re: Nex 5 is tiny

Yes, that is small.

How does it feel in the hand and in use when you have the 18-55mm and 18-200mm mounted on it?

Does the 16mm have image stabilization?

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mediman30 Senior Member • Posts: 1,206
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Just want I want for a pocket size camera. A700 + NEX 5 = I'm happy!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2gfQ8nxTBs

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VKM3 Regular Member • Posts: 255
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Thanks for the link! It really helps to see the camera being used to get a proper understanding of its size. While in photos the lenses seem huge, in reality the whole system is just tiny! Looks fantastic.

willbfree Forum Member • Posts: 71
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I notice the NEX5's grip also protrudes from the bottom of the camera. (Unlike the NEX3, which has a flat bottom.) Did you find that was a noticeable help in holding the camera?

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Michael Fritzen Veteran Member • Posts: 6,121
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Hi,

I was thinking how to hold this camera with the 70-400....

Some new acessory grip needed. Perhaps the NEX is not the right tool for me...
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OP ZJLM Senior Member • Posts: 1,161
Re: Nex 5 is tiny

Henry Richardson wrote:

Yes, that is small.

How does it feel in the hand and in use when you have the 18-55mm and 18-200mm mounted on it?

Does the 16mm have image stabilization?

It felt great with the pancake. The 18-55 was okay but looks quite big on it. It helps that the lens is quite light. They didn't have the 18-200 there.

The 16mm doesn't have stabilization.

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OP ZJLM Senior Member • Posts: 1,161
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Yup - the NEX 5 with the pancake attached seems to be a great combo for portability

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OP ZJLM Senior Member • Posts: 1,161
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willbfree wrote:

I notice the NEX5's grip also protrudes from the bottom of the camera. (Unlike the NEX3, which has a flat bottom.) Did you find that was a noticeable help in holding the camera?

I didn't actually think about that when holding it but it was quite comfortable to hold. The grip is quite good and I had two fingers under the camera.

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KEITH-C Forum Pro • Posts: 14,131
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If anyone wants a wide angle quality compact then perhaps they should consider the Olympus EP-2 or E-PL1 with the new 9-18mm or the kit 14-42mm. Both cameras have image stabilisation & can take a fit-on EVF which is excellent & the E-PL1 has a built-in flash which is capable of wireless controlling 3 external flashes.
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OP ZJLM Senior Member • Posts: 1,161
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The Panasonic and Olympus models seem very tempting - I've tested the Olympus E-PL1, which was very nice but it doesn't really know, which way it wants to go - beginners or advanced users.

The Sonys are clearly aimed at beginners and I actually think they will do quite well in that market segment.

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Klipsen Veteran Member • Posts: 6,166
... but its lenses are huge

I'm unlikely to ever own or use one, so I won't make any judgements, but it does seem odd to make an almost microscopic "pocket sized" camera ... and equip it with lenses twice as big. Not the 16 mm, of course, but the two zooms dwarf the camera body.

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OP ZJLM Senior Member • Posts: 1,161
Re: ... but its lenses are huge

Klipsen wrote:

I'm unlikely to ever own or use one, so I won't make any judgements, but it does seem odd to make an almost microscopic "pocket sized" camera ... and equip it with lenses twice as big. Not the 16 mm, of course, but the two zooms dwarf the camera body.

No doubt that the m4/3 format is better suited for the mirrorless format due to the smaller lenses.

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The Squire Regular Member • Posts: 453
Re: ... but its lenses are huge

A nice big bit of glass to hold on to, then all I need is somewhere for a few buttons and a high res screen. It doesn't really matter how small the body is so long as the whole thing is functional. Look at the whole package.

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The Squire Regular Member • Posts: 453
Re: ... but its lenses are huge

Thinking about it, I guess that's why Sony has over-invested in nice metal lens - It's the most tactile part of the system now.

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Phil Askey
Phil Askey Veteran Member • Posts: 9,822
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And the lenses aren't.

ZJLM wrote:

No, I don't have giant hands - the camera is small

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I guess my point here, which I made clear to Sony when we first saw prototypes of the camera almost a year ago is that while it's a tour-de-force demonstration of how small Sony can make cameras from a practicality and ergonomic point of view it simply feels too small, especially when you consider the size of the lenses. A perfect example of this is the oddly scalloped base of the NEX-5 with its square-inch tripod mount. If the cameras were a little larger in all dimensions then a couple more buttons could have made their way onto the rear of the camera which would have assisted usability considerably (menus not withstanding).

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john175bramley Regular Member • Posts: 295
Re: Nex 5 is tiny

I'm getting the feeling the NEX review will be less than glowing......

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