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Sony Alpha NEX-5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1290 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and image quality. The portability and performance also get good opinions, but there are some critical reviews about the zoom and viewfinder.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Digital Compact Cameras the Sony Alpha NEX-5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Expert review by : Cliff Smith (trustedreviews.com)

Sony NEX-5

 

Sony's compact system camera has big camera features.

The Sony NEX-5 is a very impressive debut into the compact system camera class. It is the smallest interchangeable lens camera on the market, but has outstanding build quality, plenty of useful features, excellent performance and the kind of still...

Aug, 2010

Expert review by : Gavin Stoker (t3.com)

Sony NEX-5 review

 

Given Sony likes to be at forefront of new technology, it's no surprise it has introduced a mirror-less camera sharing ‘Alpha' branding with its digital SLRs. The NEX-5 is closer in size to a compact, yet retains large APS CMOS sensor plus lens...

Stunning performance

Fiddly scroll wheel ; Function access tricky

Sep, 2011

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Sony NEX-5 review

 

Sony's answer to the Micro Four Thirds brigade is this tiny snapper with a hatful of crafty skills. It shoots, but does it score?

A highly desirable, incredibly clever hybrid camera that offers pro-quality results in an amateur-friendly package

Jul, 2010

Expert review by (stuff.tv)

Stuff magazine

 

Sony's answer to the Micro Four Thirds brigade is this tiny snapper with a hatful of crafty skills. It shoots, but does it score?

A highly desirable, incredibly clever hybrid camera that offers pro-quality results in an amateur-friendly package

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Gil Robson (pocket-lint.com)

First Look: Sony NEX-5 digital camera

 

The NEX-5 is Sony's answer to Micro Four Thirds and other mini-sized interchangeable lens cameras. Sony has certainly put a lot of effort into ensuring it stands out from its contemporaries: when paired with its excellent 16mm F/2.8 pancake it is the...

Slim design, great menus, sensor

Too soon to tell

May, 2010

Expert review by : Dave Stevenson (techradar.com)

Sony NEX-5 review

 

Can Sony's compact DSLR create a shift in high-end consumer photography?

Good image quality, particularly at high ISOs ; Handsome ; Fast

As expensive as a DSLR ; Slow autofocus ; Permanently-exposed sensor means nerve-shredding lens changes

The 14.2-megapixel Sony NEX-5 is cut from a different cloth to most Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens (EVIL) cameras.

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Andrew Harrison (techadvisor.co.uk)

Sony Alpha NEX-5 review

 

There's a wholly new category of high-spec digital cameras appearing that's really mixing up the photography market. Problem is, no-one's really quite sure what to call them.

The Sony NEX-5 is a superb all-rounder - a real enthusiasts camera with delicious picture quality, and a camera that’s compact and lightweight enough for easy carrying. It makes picture-taking a joy, and can also be enjoyed by less experienced snappers...

Nov, 2010

Expert review by (expertreviews.co.uk)

Sony Alpha NEX-5 review

 

The NEX-5 made quite a splash when it was launched in summer 2010, packing an APS-C sensor capable of SLR-quality photos and 1080p videos into a tiny magnesium alloy body with a superb 3in, 920,000-pixel tilting screen. Its Achilles' heel was a control...

Impressive miniaturisation, fantastic photo and video quality and much improved controls make this the best carry-everywhere camera for those with high expectations.

Jul, 2010

Expert review by : Lori Grunin (cnet.co.uk)

Sony Alpha NEX-5 review

 

Eagerly anticipated ever since Sony floated its wood-block concept designs at the PMA show in February 2010, Sony's debut interchangeable-lens models, the Alpha NEX-5 and NEX-3 are the smallest entrants to date, with a lot to appeal to both enthusiasts...

Excellent high-ISO-sensitivity photo quality; quiet, fast lenses good for shooting video and comfortable for manual focus; compact, with a nice physical design and control layout; large, tilting LCD.

No EVF option; frequently annoying user interface; unusual amount of distortion on 18-55mm kit lens; no neutral image color settings.

For a lot of people, the excellent high-sensitivity photo quality, competitive performance, and an ultracompact body will likely outweigh the Sony Alpha NEX-5's quirks and operational annoyances.

May, 2010

EISA Award - Best Product

Expert review by : EISA (eisa.eu)

European Micro System Camera 2010-2011 - Sony α NEX-5

 

Although the Sony α NEX-5 is the smallest system camera in the world, by using a large APS-C CMOS image sensor it is still able to deliver excellent image quality. The camera is aimed at compact camera users and beginners who want to improve their...

Jun, 2010

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