Summary Sony NEX-5

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Specifications Key specs
Sensor size
Help APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
Screen resolution
Help 920k dots
Help 14 MP
Movie format
Help 1080p @ 30fps
Screen size
Help 3"
Light sensitivity
Help 12,800 ISO
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Lenses Lenses
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Sony Alpha NEX-5Sony Alpha NEX-5


Sony has replaced the Alpha NEX-5 with the 5N and 7.

Sony NEX-5N
Sony NEX-5N announced August 2011
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Battery life Longer battery life

Compare the new Sony 5N vs the NEX-5

Sony NEX-7
Sony NEX-7 announced August 2011
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
External mic jack Has an external mic jack

Compare the new Sony NEX 7 vs the NEX-5

reviewsWhat are people saying about the NEX-5

"High quality video mode" | talking about the camera's video-quality
"Just as you would with a DSLR, so the shooting position is quite a stable one." | talking about the camera's image-stabilization
"With noise (and noise reduction in the JPEGs), kept well controlled up to ISO 3200, and giving very usable results even at 6400." | talking about the camera's iso-noise


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Sony NEX-5 First Impressions
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Official Sony NEX-5 HD Video Samples
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  • Autofocus
  • Manual focus


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The Sony NEX-5 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Size Quite small Help
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Thickness Thin Help
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
Weight Light Help
287 g


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The Sony NEX-5 vs other recent mirrorless cameras

Movie format Full HD Help
1080p @ 30fps
High-speed framerate High speed movies Help
Not supported
Viewfinder Can only preview photos on the screen Help
Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
12,800 ISO
Touch screen No touch screen Help
More buttons
Weather sealed No weather sealing Help
Need to shelter it from weather
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Lens availability Slightly fewer lenses available Help
62 lenses
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Screen resolution Low resolution screen Help
920k dots
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
7 fps
Supports 24p No 24p movies Help
Missing that film look
True resolution Lower true resolution Help
14 MP
Autofocus contrast detection autofocus Help
slower focusing
Focus points Fewer focus points Help
Announced Old Help
May 2010
Popularity Not so popular Help
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Sony Alpha NEX-5
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Carlibra (5:12 AM, November 27, 2011)
I shot two hundred photos with it this morning, landscapes, macro, portraits, etc.  The image quality is really outstanding.  The detachable flash is a joke... it really doesn't belong on such a nice camera.  The panorama stitching works great.  Color balance on most shots is very faithful and pleasing.  I haven't tried the video yet.  
Avatar for Michael Holroyd Michael Holroyd (3:57 PM, August 15, 2011)
Here is what I am really wondering. Will this fit in my pocket? Can I carry it around with me all day?
Plustron100 (7:44 PM, August 02, 2011)
Flimsy port holes and a silly flimsy screw on flash. The camera it's self is very sturdy  so there is no excuse to put parts on an expensive camera that will break easily. 
Aliffiqhwan (11:42 PM, April 27, 2011)
i very like this camera only 4 thing had to upgrade
1) 18 megapixer
2) viewfinder
3) Rapid fire 11fps
4) Movie recording slowmotion 240fps
Romeusk8lins (3:26 PM, March 20, 2011)
I need one of this... I make movies with one of this cam from my friend and I say: Osson!!!
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:52 PM, February 24, 2011)
Have you seen Snapsort's comparison of the Sony NEX-5 vs Canon S95? The NEX-5 has a HUGE sensor compared to the S95 or any other compact, giving it a big advantage. According to the benchmarks, the Canon S95 takes excellent quality images up to 153 ISO, whereas the NEX-5 takes excellent quality images up to 800 ISO, giving it a 2 f-stop advantage.
Avatar for Bappy Bappy (7:22 AM, February 24, 2011)
so how is the low light image quality and overall image quality? compared to the bulkiness which pro-digicams like Canon s95 does not have?
Bartz5275 (4:30 PM, February 17, 2011)
no need to worry, i also bought this on nov10 as my secondary camera..
its low light is very powerful to take picture...i really dont need flash so far..
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:14 PM, February 09, 2011)
The NEX-5 body doesn't have a built-in flash, but, when you buy the NEX-5 it comes with a small flash you can attach to the top of the camera.
Ojay Ordonio (0:12 PM, February 09, 2011)
no built in flash?
Ed (6:33 PM, February 08, 2011)
Two things:
1) The NEX-5 also has an IR port for control by a remote control. This is not a common feature and should be highlighted in the overview.
2) The picture for the NEX-5 is wrong (it is actually a NEX-3)
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:14 PM, December 17, 2010)
Hi Joe,

I've a bit more about Sony's 1920x1080 @ 60i, and from what I can tell its actually the same as 30p, read the section titled "30P or 60i – Which Is It?" here:

"Most people interested in video know that interlaced is old tech, that all modern TVs are progressive devices, and that therefore Progressive video recording is to be preferred, because it potentially offers twice the vertical resolution of interlaced. But Sony AVCHD video cameras (at least until one gets to their higher-end prosumer and pro gear) is speced as recording 60i. But, when you read the fine print you discover that at least some of these cameras (such as the VG10) really aren't recording 60i, they're capturing 30P and placing it in a 60i "wrapper".
joe (5:30 AM, December 17, 2010)
I thought it was only 1080i?
Enmanuel (10:02 AM, October 10, 2010)
I have already try a some compact/brige digital cameras (Panasonic FT1, Panasonic TZ7, Canon Powershot Ixus20IS) and I must say that all of them aren't comparable to this one. I've got the camera at the end of august and since then I have done thousands of pictures and lot of HD Videos with it. I love it's DSLR picture quality and High Definition Videos!
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (11:37 PM, October 03, 2010)
Good catch - I've fixed that mistake, thanks.
Pivriddle (10:38 PM, October 03, 2010)
but it doesn't have a built in flash???
Avatar for NEXtended NEXtended (5:29 PM, June 30, 2010)
As you note, the NEX-5 doesn't have in-body image stabilisation but the 18-55mm kit lens does have in-lens stabilisation.