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The NEX-5 is a dramatic and original approach to camera design, offering some of the best image quality its class in a tiny, sleek body. It's not perfect as a camera to just point-and-shoot but in the hands of someone willing to take a little control is capable of superb results. quote


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Critic reviews

7.4
6 reviews
  • Image quality
    7.7
  • Video quality
    8.0
  • Battery life
    6.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.4
  • Durability
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    6.5
  • Ease of use
    6.0

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8.0
21 reviews
7.0
Digital Photography Review Jun 7, 2010

The NEX-5 is a dramatic and original approach to camera design, offering some of the best image quality its class in a tiny, sleek body. It's not perfect as a camera to just point-and-shoot but in the hands of someone willing to take a little control is capable of superb results.

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7.0
CNET May 11, 2010

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.

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9.0
Pocket-Lint Jun 7, 2010

Despite its occasional blips, Sony-only accessory fitting and an irksomely slow start up time, the NEX-5 otherwise feels fresh, new and exciting. When more E-mount lenses see the light of day this certainly looks to be a true winner. 

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7.0
Imaging Resource May 11, 2010

It is fun to carry and shoot, and gorgeous to behold with a bevy of features you're going to want to explore. If they can improve the menu, fix the Playback mode, and add a Quick menu, we'll be even more excited, but for now we're content to have great looks, great features, and excellent,...

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9.0
TechRadar Jul 16, 2010

If you simply want to take good pictures now, without turning into a DSLR bore, or turning your hobby into either a career, or something that swallows all your spare cash, we can't help but like the NEX-5.

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8.0
brittai927 brittai927

I love my Sony NEX-5, mostly because it's compact size allows me to bring it almost anywhere. Even so, the camera takes much better pictures than a standard point and shoot, and it's a nice in-between for those scared of getting into a DSLR.

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8.0
wibblewobbles wibblewobbles

I had high expectations after purchasing this camera, and it certainly delivered! It produced great looking snaps and is one of the more slender and less bulky of the "four thirds" variety (even though it uses an E-mount). The user interface was pretty solid for basic point and shoot happy...

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7.0
fourblades fourblades

I can't grade the durability section since I don't want to drop this thing to test it. I'd say 4 or 5 on that field, but dropping that camera and lens is no joke! I've seen heavily used ones in stores and it's holding very good so that's why I'd rate it 4 or 5.

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7.0
philippejandrok philippejandrok

I bought this camera to go around the world 2 years ago, I salute the body quality, it's capacity to work on any weather, it never lay down on me, and I really don't understand Sony, with a semi pro camera to propose such an horrible lens as the 16mm, wich is really a shame, an error, an insult...

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7.0
jet73 jet73

This is a great camera is you don't want to carry a DSLR. has a lot of Fancy features such as 3d pano and HDR and hand held night shots. The Lens is quite good but big and can give purple fringing.

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7.0
poki poki

With good image quality and a body that survives pretty heavy duty use without problems this camera is only limited by it's control layout, which misses the buttons found on more enthusiast oriented models like the NEX-7. Many photos taken with it (even many at and above ISO 1600) can be found at...

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7.0
tigrisian tigrisian

First step of Sony's mirror less camera. it still take fine images. except for low light situation. ISO handling is poor. and minimum ISO is 200. that's awful.

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8.0
PCTechnologist PCTechnologist

This is the best DSLR like camera for taking pics of the kids playing (something a point and shoot can't do) and it's much smaller than our 50D,5D MII.

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