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Sony NEX5RB Digital Camera

$346.95
MILC 16.1MP CMOS 4x Dec 2013
Camera Type Megapixel Sensor Type Digital Zoom Release Date
Twenty-five industry awards
Limited (but still useful) touch features
No builtin flash
207 Reviews + 6 Awards
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Reviews

Twenty-Five Industry Awards

Amongst cameras of this spec and age, this camera is one of the most awarded.

The editors of four expert review sites all concluded that they would endorse this digital camera. Trusted Reviews, M3.idg.se and Fotovideo.nu all gave this camera a "Recommended" award and Digitaltrends.com gave it a "Recommended Product" award.

This Sony camera received a "Highly Recommended" award from websites Ephotozine, PhotographyBlog.com, Camera Labs and Gadgetspeak.com all of whom wrote that this camera was very good.

The experts at three additional expert review sites all decided that this medium megapixel camera was exceptional and gave it their highest award. CNET.co.uk, Digicam Buyer.co.uk and Cnetfrance.fr all gave this digital camera an "Editor's Choice" award.

This camera was given a "Gold" award by both websites What Digital Camera and DP Review, both of which thought that this medium megapixel camera was superb.

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Good Expert Reviews

Sixty experts from sites including PhotographyBlog.com, What Digital Camera, DP Review and CNET.com have rated this camera on average 85%. Camera experts think this Sony digital camera is one of the very best digital cameras of this type and age.

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, people who bought this digital camera rated it as 90 out of 100. Over 90% of reviewers gave this camera either 4 or 5 stars and 96% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Sony Cameras Have Good Reviews

We checked 23,045 owner and expert reviews (including 401 verified purchases) for Sony cameras and found that on average Sony has good ratings. We also found that Sony has good ratings specifically for its medium megapixel digital cameras. 93% of those that bought a Sony camera would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Ports & Interfaces

Has an HDMI

The Sony NEX-5 has an HDMI, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

This camera has been on the market since April 2017.


Weight & Dimensions

Compact Size

Sixty-five owners who reviewed the Sony NEX-5 reckoned that it was compact. Nothingwired.com said two years ago “Compact design, goodquality finish” in their review of this digital camera. Dcresource.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Compact body (until you attach a lens”. Six years ago Photographyblog.com said on PhotographyBlog.com “Compact and stylish design.” in their review of this digital camera.

Twelve owners said that it was heavy and bulky. Three years ago Kimwhotravelsalot mentioned “I travel a lot and hate lugging heavy computers” and gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Jim Seaside gave it a score of a maximum of 5 stars and he mentioned “The camera is only a little heavier than the compact camera she used before” in his review of this digital camera. Bazza mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “Always got put off by having to go back to the bulky camera and lenses so decided that I would go for one of the System cameras” and scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars.

Eleven owners wrote in their reviews that the product was lightweight. Whatdigitalcamera.com said four years ago “With large APS-C sensors, compact and lightweight bodies, advanced high-tech features”. Digicambuyer.co.uk scored this digital camera the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera on expert review site Digicam Buyer.co.uk “It’s lightweight, portable”. Tuffdog96 scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote two years ago “It is lightweight and gets the job done”.

Seven people said in their reviews that this digital camera was a good body shape. Photographyblog.com said in their review of this digital camera on PhotographyBlog.com six years ago “Ordentliche Bildqualitt, sehr schnell, gute Ausstattung, bewegliches Kontrolldisplay, hervorragende Verarbeitung, kompakter Body” and rated the product a maximum of 5 stars. Techradar gave the product a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Small body yet large APS-C sensor”. Cnet.com.au gave it a score of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “A large SLR-sized sensor and a stylish body with the added bonus of a touchscreen” in their review of this digital camera.

Four owners wrote in their reviews that the product was thin. Cnet.co.uk said on CNET.co.uk “In this review Why buy a 5N? Shooting results Movie mode Conclusion Sony's drive to slim down our digital cameras continues apace”. Expertreviews.co.uk wrote on expert website Expert Reviews “Its slim, stylish design, superb videos” in their review of this digital camera. Expert website Computeractive.co.uk gave this digital camera a score of a maximum of 5 stars and said five years ago “The Sony NEX-5N is no ordinary compact camera, though, taking the best features from SLRs and cramming them into a slim, stylish body” in their review of this digital camera.

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Average Weight

With a weight of 218 grams, the Sony NEX-5 has a fairly standard weight compared to most of the other digital cameras of a comparable spec and age to this camera.

Digital cameras with a heavier weight that might also be worth considering include the X-E1 (300g and higher rated), or the X-E2 ($696.17) (300g and higher rated) both from Fujifilm or the Nikon 1 AW1 ($566.88) (313g and cheaper).

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Power

Battery Stamina

Fourteen customers who bought it agreed that it had a good battery life. Two years ago Nothingwired.com said “Improved battery life”. Nothingwired.com also wrote “Excellent image quality and battery life” in their review. Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Rechargable Battery”.


Design

Image Quality

Sixty-two owners who reviewed it said that it was good quality. Nothingwired.com mentioned “Great image quality up to 6400”. Nothingwired.com also wrote “Great image quality, small yet sensible size, handson controls added, improved buffer opens up burst shooting, better AF speed than predecessor, tiltangle screen bracket doesn't add to bulk” in their review. Nothingwired.com also said “Good image quality” in their review.

Build Quality

Twenty-two people wrote in their reviews that it was well made. Trusted Reviews rated this digital camera a maximum of 5 stars and said “Also very well built”. Six years ago Cameralabs.com gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “The NEX mirrorless ILC range is built around a large 'APS-C' sensor (the same in many DSLRs) which allowed the original NEX-3” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago Dcresource.com said “The 5N has a very compact, well built body, though any size advantage it may have over its competition is lost as soon as you attach a lens (aside f”.

Five owners thought the product was reliable. Amazon.co.uk wrote “Very reliable adapter” in their review of this digital camera. Karen mentioned “Comfortable and reliable” and gave the product a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Katesmom rated the product a maximum of 5 stars and said “It has proven to be a very easy to use accurate and dependable item”.

Four owners who reviewed it considered that it was strong and durable. Cleaverjr7 wrote “The Garmin Forerunner is very accurate and quite durable” in their review of this digital camera. Numay said “You lock this screen with the very thin and poor material frame, how should it be durable if i use tiltable screen very often”. Two years ago Ishkabibble mentioned “The camera and lenses are versatile, take great photos, compact and rugged” in their review of this digital camera.

One person who bought it concluded that it was good at resisting water ingress. Amazon.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Water resistant”. One customer who reviewed it thought it was sealed. Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “Came in factory reburbished sealed white box with USB base adapter 3 ft), additional 3 ft” .

One person said in their reviews that it was easy to damage or scratch.

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Good Looking

Twenty owners wrote in their reviews that the Sony NEX-5 was good looking. Amazon.co.uk mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Gets the job done and pulls in a pretty good signal compared to most wireless adapters”. Three years ago Bestbuy.com wrote “Great looking camera that also takes beautiful pictures”. Expert review site Computeractive.co.uk said “A friendly, stylish compact camera that takes exceptional photos” in their review of this digital camera.

Nine people mentioned in their reviews that it was well designed. Amateurphotographer.co.uk mentioned “Design, format du botier, prise en main, qualit des images, cran articul, gestion du bruit” in their review of this digital camera. Witesand87 said on Bestbuy.com two years ago “I got this as a gift! Much better design than my old Garmin! Lighter, more sleek, wireless”.

Two owners who reviewed the product wrote that it was neat. Amazon.co.uk said in their review of this digital camera “It's kind of neat just going around” although they gave it a rating of 3 stars out of 5. Mr. T. Anderson wrote on Amazon.co.uk “I also like the way the microphone boom twists neatly out of the way when not required”.

Two customers mentioned that it was smooth. Miss C Mcguinness said on Amazon.co.uk “One of the best cameras at this price, pictures are fantastic, Video is also great with 60 frames per Second its so smooth” in her review of this digital camera.

One owner who reviewed the product mentioned that it was rough. L mentioned six years ago “I've made them in photoshop and it's a lot of work and it often comes out rough” .

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Many Touchscreen Control Options

Fourty-seven owners agreed that it was easy to use. Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “Touch screen interface with customizable control buttons”. Photographyblog.com wrote “Many touchscreen control options” in their review of this digital camera. Photographyblog.com also wrote “Handy button and touchscreen user interface” in their review.

Ten owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera was easy to use the menus. Nothingwired.com said “Addition of new dials to make access to settings much simpler” . Trusted Reviews mentioned “Excellent noise control at mid to high ISO settings”. Two years ago Larmanslady gave it a rating of the highest possible rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of this digital camera “I love the interval settings”.

Seven people mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera was comfortable and easy to hold. Indypaths wrote in their review of this digital camera on Bestbuy.com “The Forerunner 220 is more comfortable than the 305”. Jlongoria wrote “The watch is comfortable to wear and is great at keeping track of runs” . Cooper10 wrote “Wristband is comfortable”.

Two owners mentioned that the product was easy to handle. Nothingwired.com mentioned “Improved handling over previous generation”. I. Hayden said in their review of this digital camera “Noise control and image sharpness are both very good and its handling, once you get familiar with the unusual menu layout is also quite acceptable for such a small camera”.

Two owners who bought this digital camera concluded that it was easy to setup. Amazon.co.uk wrote in their review of this digital camera four years ago “Easy to setup” . One owner who reviewed the product considered that it had a good interface. Cnet.com mentioned “A hybrid touch-screentraditional interface” in their review of this digital camera.

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Battery

330 Battery Life (CIPA Standard)

Most digital cameras of this spec and age take between 105 and 1,499 battery life (CIPA standard), including the Sony NEX-5 which takes 330 battery life (CIPA standard).

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Packaging Content

Has a Batteries Included

The Sony NEX-5 has a batteries included. Most of the other digital cameras that have been on the market for more than two years also have a batteries included.

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Audio

Features Voice Recording

The Sony NEX-5 features voice recording. Most of the other digital cameras of a comparable age and spec to this camera also feature voice recording.

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Has a Built-In Microphone

The Sony NEX-5 has a built-in microphone. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were launched more than two years ago also have a built-in microphone.

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Acceptable Noise Level

Seven people who reviewed the Sony NEX-5 concluded that it was noisy. Nothingwired.com wrote “Noise is handled very well” in their review of this digital camera. Dcresource.com said in their review of this digital camera “Low noise through ISO 1600 in low light”. Six years ago Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PhotographyBlog.com “Noise very well controlled up to 6400 ISO”.

Two owners thought the product was quiet. Vandal76 mentioned in their review of this digital camera “I have filmed in a very quiet room”.

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Noise is Handled Very Well

Seven people who reviewed the Sony NEX-5 concluded that it was noisy. Nothingwired.com wrote “Noise is handled very well” in their review of this digital camera. Dcresource.com said in their review of this digital camera “Low noise through ISO 1600 in low light”. Six years ago Photographyblog.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera on PhotographyBlog.com “Noise very well controlled up to 6400 ISO”.

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Picture Quality

4912 X 3264 Still Image Resolution

The Sony NEX-5 has a 4912 x 3264 still image resolution(s) which is higher than the 640 x 480 still image resolution(s) found on most cameras of this age and type. This Sony camera also have a still image resolution(s) of 2448 x 1624 and 3568 x 2368. The still image resolution of all digital cameras of this age and type ranges from 640 x 360 (worst) to 4928 x 3264 (best).

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4912 X 3264 Pixels Image Resolution

The Sony NEX-5 has a 4912 X 3264 pixels maximum image resolution which is higher than most cameras that have been available for around the same time as it. Most cameras that were released more than two years ago have a 4608 x 3456 pixels maximum image resolution. The image resolution of all digital cameras of a similar age and type to this camera ranges from 4288 x 3216 pixels (worst) to 4928 x 3264 pixels (best).

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Features

Limited (but Still Useful) Touch Features

Twenty-four customers who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. Six years ago Cnet.com gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and mentioned in their review of the Sony NEX-5 “The Sony Alpha NEX 5N also offers some nice features, including a tilting LCD”. Dcresource.com mentioned “Limited (but still useful) touch features”. Expert website Stuff.tv mentioned “Fiddlesome controls, fine features, fantastic image quality” in their review of this digital camera.


Display

Has a Vari-Angle LCD Display

The Sony NEX-5 has a vari-angle LCD display, unlike most of the other cameras that have been available for a similar time to this camera which do not have a vari-angle LCD display.

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Has a Touchscreen

The Sony NEX-5 has a touchscreen. Most of the other digital cameras that have been available for around the same time as this camera do not have a touchscreen.

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Average Display Diagonal

At 3 inches, the Sony NEX-5 has a relatively typical display diagonal compared to most of the other digital cameras that were released around the same time as this digital camera.

We compared all the other 3" screen digital cameras to this camera and we think the Nikon 1 AW1 ($566.88) which is cheaper; or the Pentax K-5 II ($709.95), and the Fujifilm X-E2 ($696.17) which has better reviews are also worth considering.

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Camera

Has an Anti-Dust Function

The Sony NEX-5 has an anti-dust function, as do most of the other digital cameras of this spec and age.

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Supports Live View

The Sony NEX-5 supports live view, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that came out around the same time as this camera.

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Features Brightness Adjustment

The Sony NEX-5 features brightness adjustment, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Features Histogram

The Sony NEX-5 features histogram. Most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been around for a comparable time to this camera also feature histogram.

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Other Features

Supports Video Capability

supports video capability

The Sony NEX-5 supports video capability, as do most of the other cameras of this age and spec.

We compared all the other cameras which support video capability to this camera and we think a cheaper digital camera such as the Canon G1 X ($480.92) or you might consider a better rated digital camera such as the Fujifilm X-E1, and the Pentax K-5 II ($709.95) are also worth considering.

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Has an HDMI Port

The Sony NEX-5 has an HDMI port, as do most of the other digital cameras of this age and spec.

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Has a USB 2.0 Port

The Sony NEX-5 has a USB 2.0 port, as do most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that are a similar age to this digital camera.

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Networking

Supports Wi-Fi

The Sony NEX-5 supports Wi-Fi. Most of the other similar spec cameras that have been available for more than two years also support Wi-Fi.

It may also be worth considering one of the other digital cameras which support Wi-Fi currently available including the Fujifilm X-E2 ($696.17) which has better reviews; or the Olympus E-P5 + M.ZUIKO ED 14‑42mm which is cheaper.

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Network Ready

The Sony NEX-5 is network ready, unlike most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that were released more than two years ago which are not network ready.

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Video

Supports Full HD Video

supports Full HD video

The Sony NEX-5 supports Full HD video, unlike most of the other medium megapixel digital cameras that have been available for a comparable time to this digital camera which do not support Full HD video.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative cameras which support Full HD video currently available including because of it's better review score, the Fujifilm X-E1, or the Pentax K-5 II ($709.95).

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony NEX-5 supports a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over six times the video resolution of the most frequently found video resolutions of 640 x 480 pixels (which is also supported by this Sony camera). In addition, this camera supports a video resolutions of 1440 x 1080 pixels. A video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels is equivalent to Full HD video. You will require a Full HD TV or better to appreciate this level of detail.

This digital camera's video resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels) is in fact the best supported video resolution across all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

The worst supported video resolution across comparable types of digital camera is 320 x 120 pixels.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Video Resolution

The Sony NEX-5 has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels. That's over two times the video resolution of a 1280 x 720 pixels camera, which is the most common video resolution.

A 1920 x 1080 pixels maximum video resolution is in fact the best video resolution across all digital cameras of a similar age and spec to this digital camera.

A 640 x 480 pixels maximum video resolution is the worst video resolution amongst comparable types of camera.

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Support

Full Manual Controls, Including RAW Support

Eight owners who bought the product concluded that it had good technical guidance. Dcresource.com wrote “Full manual controls, including RAW support” . Four years ago Amazon.co.uk mentioned “Will help your run”. Six years ago Dolphin mentioned on Amazon.co.uk “One minor tip based on my own 'failure to fully read manual before playing with camera” in their review of this digital camera.


Good Exposure Control

One person said in their reviews that the Sony NEX-5 had good exposure controls. R. G. Dingley said in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “I did find the touch screen controls irritating and caused the exposure control to change simply because my face or nose touched it so I have disabled the touch screen” and scored this digital camera 4 stars out of 5.

Great Video Mode

Fourty-five owners concluded that it was good for video recording. Digitaltrends.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “Superior stills and videos” . Five years ago Trusted Reviews said “Impressive Full HD movie recording abilities” in their review of this digital camera. Nothingwired.com said two years ago “Excellent video capture”.

Image Quality

Ninety-eight owners who reviewed the product wrote that it was able to produce good images. Trusted Reviews said “Classleading image quality” in their review of the Sony NEX-5. Nothingwired.com wrote “The image quality is excellent, as is to be expected from a sensor also used in DSLRs” in their review of this digital camera. Nothingwired.com also said “Sony Alpha NEX 5R delivers excellent photo quality, even in dimmer light” in their review.

Twenty people who reviewed the product wrote that it had a good image sensor. Two years ago Nothingwired.com wrote “Small camera, large sensor”. Cameralabs.com mentioned on expert review site Camera Labs four years ago “As such the NEX 5T features a 16 Megapixel APS-C sensor”. Cameralabs.com also said “A hybrid AF system which embeds phase-detect autofocus points on the sensor for better continuous tracking, built-in Wifi with support for downloadable apps” in their review.

Seventeen owners mentioned in their reviews that this digital camera had a good ISO range. Camera Labs said “Superb high ISO performance” in their review of this digital camera. Dcresource.com wrote “ISO 3200 in good light” in their review of this digital camera. Nothingwired.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Bildqualitt bis ISO 800 sehr gut, bis IS 3.200 gut”.

Fifteen customers agreed that the product had a good picture resolution. Nothingwired.com wrote two years ago “9fps burst shooting” . Camera Labs mentioned six years ago “PASM modes for movie shooting” and rated this digital camera 4 stars out of 5. G4tv.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “The Sony Alpha Nex-5N digital camera could make the perfect holiday gift with its 16.1 mega pixels, AVCHD 1080/60p or 24p HD shooting, Sweep Panorama mode” .

Twelve owners who purchased the product reckoned that it was good in low light. Two years ago Nothingwired.com mentioned “Produces great images, even in low light”. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Great lowlight performance” in their review. Six years ago expert review site Asia.cnet.com mentioned “The NEX-5N offers more shooting flexibility with some internal upgrades while providing excellent image quality with superior low-light performance”.

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Fast Focusing

Twenty-three people who reviewed this digital camera considered that it had a good lens. Stuff.tv rated this digital camera 80 out of 100 and said “Its NEX range of swappable lens snappers is mightily impressive –”. Expert website Trustedreviews.com said “The Sony NEX-5n sits in the middle of Sony's current range of interchangeable lens, Compact System Cameras (CSC” in their review of this digital camera. Six years ago expert review site Tipa.com mentioned “The Sony NEX-7 is a compact interchangeable lens camera that aims to provide the same quality as an expert reflex camera”.

Sixteen owners who purchased it reckoned that it had a good autofocus. What Digital Camera wrote “Autofocus system” in their review of the Sony NEX-5. Nothingwired.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “WiFi integrato, sensore APSC, accesso rapido ai social network, prestazioni autofocus”. Nothingwired.com also mentioned “Drastically improved focusing performance” in their review.

Eight owners thought the product had a good zoom. Trustedreviews.com mentioned on Trusted Reviews “The new power zoom lens ring certainly makes the Sony NEX-5T even more compact”. Ed Alexander said in his review of this digital camera “The Zuiko 12-60 is I think the best zoom lens ever made.”. Dolphin mentioned “The touch screen menus and an additional pivot for the LCD screen offer a more dextrous feel and the more versatile digital zoom adds significantly to the functionality”.

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Flipout LCD Screen

Thirty-nine owners who bought the Sony NEX-5 considered that it had a good screen. Nothingwired.com wrote two years ago “Flipout LCD screen” in their review of this digital camera. Nothingwired.com also wrote “Vertical tilt screen 180 upwards for selfportraits or 45 downwards” in their review. Dcresource.com wrote “Articulating 3inch LCD display with 921k pixels, good outdoorlow light visibility”.

Four owners wrote in their reviews that this digital camera had a good viewfinder. Pc Mag scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and said on PC Mag “Optional eye-level OLED viewfinder available” in their review of this digital camera. Digitalversus.com wrote “Also very pricey!First of all, there's a very good OLED electronic viewfinder (estimated to cost around £300), which is basically the same viewfinder as seen”. Ishkabibble mentioned “I use the optional electronic viewfinder, which i strongly recommend” and rated it 4 stars out of 5.

Four people said in their reviews that it had an electronic viewfinder. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Optional EVF available” in their review of this digital camera. Five years ago Vandal76 rated the product a maximum of 5 stars and mentioned “The built in EVF in the NEX7 nearly did it for me.” in their review of this digital camera.

Three customers who reviewed it agreed that it was mirrorless. Four years ago expert website Pcmag.com said “Sony's Alpha NEX-5T mirrorless camera is simply last year's NEX-5R with added NFC support for quick image transfer to a smartphone” in their review of this digital camera. In the same month Ephotozine.com wrote in their review of this digital camera “The Sony NEX-5T is one of the more compact mirrorless cameras available, particularly considering it has an APS-C CMOS sensor” and rated the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Clashcity Rocker mentioned in their review of this digital camera on Amazon.co.uk “Seeing other nighttime photographers with tonnes of equipment and bulky bags, made me feel like they were missing a trick compared to a modern compact mirrorless like this camera”.

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No Builtin Flash

Eighteen owners who reviewed the product thought it did not have a good flash. Photographyblog.com said six years ago “Pas de flash intgr (il est livr dans la bote” in their review of this digital camera. Photographyblog.com also said “No builtin flash” in their review. Dcresource.com mentioned in their review of this digital camera “Lack of builtin flash means that you must carry the small external flash aro”.


Lens System

Average Digital Zoom

At 4 times zoom factor, the Sony NEX-5 has a relatively typical digital zoom compared to most of the other cameras of a similar spec and age to this digital camera.

We compared all the other 4x digital zoom cameras to this digital camera and we think cheaper digital cameras such as the Canon G1 X ($480.92) is also worth considering.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers sony ilce7s, sonynex5nyb, canon nex5r, sony ilce7r, sony stock, sony nex5r, sony nex3n, nex5tybce, nex5ry
Barcodes 00027242856813, 00641361935671, 04905524800838, 04905524800883, 04905524900637, 04905524900644, 04905524900767, 04905524952063, 04905524952179, 04905524952186, 04905524952193, 04905524952209, 04905524952216, 04905524952223

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