86

Focusing and performance improvements make this cam a winner

86

We've followed Sony's NEX line closely, after seeing significant promise with the very first models -- the NEX-3 and NEX-5. This year's successors offer even more punch, and we're quite thrilled with the 5R. We're not convinced that the company's closed "app" approach is best for consumers, and the WiFi advantages have yet to be proven, but the focusing and shooting improvements alone make this compact ILC a winner. Sony has reinforced its commitment to the photography community with a very solid 2012 lineup, and anyone on the hunt for a market-leading camera should keep the NEX-5R near the top of their list.

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Critic reviews

7.9
12 reviews
  • Image quality
    8.4
  • Video quality
    8.4
  • Battery life
    7.5
  • Design and form factor
    7.8
  • Durability
    9.1
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    8.2
  • Ease of use
    7.3

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User reviews

8.6
14 reviews
9.0
Engadget Oct 31, 2012

Sony has reinforced its commitment to the photography community with a very solid 2012 lineup, and anyone on the hunt for a market-leading camera should keep the NEX-5R near the top of their list.

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8.0
PC Mag Nov 19, 2012

The Sony Alpha NEX-5R is a small interchangeable-lens camera built around a big, excellent image sensor, but it's a tough sell when you consider the rest of Sony's NEX lineup, including our Editors' Choice, the less-expensive Alpha NEX-F3.

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8.0
CNET Dec 10, 2012

It's a great camera choice for high-quality stills and a streamlined shooting design under $800, but the Sony Alpha NEX-5R falls short when it comes to sharing your shots online.

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7.0
Gizmodo Nov 13, 2012

It's a very good camera, and the new autofocus is noticeably faster than the AF system on previous NEX cameras. But it's changed the price situation on the whole NEX series—last year's NEX-5N with a lens now costs just $500. And, the excellent NEX-F3 is only $600.

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8.0
CNET UK Nov 6, 2012

The Sony NEX-5R is a beautifully built camera that you'll have great fun using ... All in all, a great buy if you can afford it, but the reasons to upgrade from the NEX-5N aren't entirely convincing.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Apr 29, 2013

Image quality prevails, too, and although the competitive pack has closed the gap in this department, the Sony is right up there among the very best of compact system cameras.

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6.0
Ken Rockwell Nov 3, 2012

For me, the inability to use a viewfinder and the flash at the same time with the NEX-5R is a complete deal-breaker. Likewise, the relatively immature color rendition makes this Sony something I'll review, but not use for my own shooting.

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9.0
What Digital Camera Oct 19, 2012

If you're not concerned about Wi-Fi, touch shutter and the top plate design tweaks, you could save yourself some money by choosing the NEX-5N over the NEX-5R. Currently £280 cheaper, you'll still achieve excellent results and superb image quality from the APS-C sized sensor.

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8.0
T3 Nov 14, 2012

If size, or lack of it, is as important as being able to print large, detailed images, then the NEX-5R has got to be worth checking out despite the premium price.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Sep 30, 2013

The Sony NEX-5R is a solid CSC that impresses with both its image quality and a strong feature-set. It’s about time Sony revisited the touch controls, however, as they’re not as easy to use as they need to be.

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Imaging Resource Aug 29, 2012

Overall, though, it reminds us enough of the NEX-5N that we don't think they've broken anything, and the autofocus does indeed seem quite fast.

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9.0
nitehawk nitehawk

My first non-point and shoot camera! I bought for a active vacation in Stockholm and Iceland. Being able to walk about the entire day with this on my waist was a breeze. It even made it through hiking and on a glacier! It survived the mist from visiting all the waterfalls in Iceland and the rain...

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8.0
oflife oflife

BACKGROUND I am a UX and gadget designer, and 'prosumer' photographer, who has won a few competitions and owned countless cameras and video camcorders. I have no bias towards any brand, although I have huge respect for Panasonic for entering the photography field and doing a fine job. I also...

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8.0
donaldtownsend donaldtownsend

I like this camera very much. Picture quality is great even with the kit lens. You can access its menu via buttons and dials but also via the touch screen. Responsiveness of the touchscreen is OK but not comparable to say an iPhone. You have to press harder. Similar to a smartphone you can add...

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9.0
TheAmountof TheAmountof

I have had a Nikon D40 and P90, both of which I really liked, but the D40 was getting quite old and the image quality was starting to show that. The P90 produced really good quality images, but I missed the ability to switch lenses and do more manual shots, also I did not like I could not...

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9.0
Turtletwig Turtletwig

A well-balanced camera for anyone looking to get a camera, whether they're coming from smartphones or a point-and-shoot. It's also great for DSLR users that want something more pocket-able and will not compromise on image quality.

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