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86
Engadget
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An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
86

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

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Sony's third-generation NEX-5 delivers excellent performance for a manageable price.

Pros
  • Drastically improved focusing performanceExcellent image quality and battery life10 frames-per-second stills180-degree rotatable LCD
Cons
  • No microphone inputWiFi app issues at launch
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Key Specs

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens
Lens mount
Sony E
Resolution (effective)
16.1 megapixels
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
External (lens)
Memory card
Sd, Ms pro hg duo, Ms pro duo
Model
body only

General

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
16.1 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
Image stabilization
External (lens)
ISO modes
100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso, 25600 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (External (shoe)) (Rear curtain, Slow, Red eye)

Shooting

Focus
Autofocus (Af tracking, Af assist lamp, Face detection)

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
Yes
Bulb mode
Yes
Color space
Srgb, Adobe rgb
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Program, Auto
Exposure compensation
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Scene selection
Yes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Night scene, Auto)
White balance modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade, Color temp, Custom

Other features

Location support
No
Remote control
Yes
Self-timer
Yes
Speaker
Yes
Tripod mount
Yes
Water resistant
No
10 fps (max)
3 fps (continuous)
Screen size
3 inches
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
Sd, Ms pro hg duo, Ms pro duo (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Quality settings
Iq normal, Iq fine
Image aspect ratios
3 2, 16 9
Video recording
Yes (H264, Mpeg4) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro port) (Micro-USB port) (Usb charging, Usb on the go)
WiFi
Yes (802.11802.11 b, 802.11 g, 802.11 n) (Wep, Wpa, Wpa2) (Internal)
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
330
Model
with 16-50mm Power Zoom Lens

General

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
16.1 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
ISO modes
100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso, 25600 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (Internal) (Rear curtain, Slow)

Shooting

Focus
Autofocus (Face / smile detection)

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
Yes
Color space
Srgb, Adobe rgb
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Exposure compensation
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Scene selection
Yes (Portrait, Landscape, Night portrait, Night scene, Auto)
White balance modes
Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade, Color temp, Custom

Other features

Self-timer
Yes
Speaker
Yes
Tripod mount
Yes
10 fps (max)
3 fps (continuous)
Screen size
3 inches
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
Sd, Ms pro hg duo, Ms pro duo (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Video recording
Yes (H264, Mpeg4) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro port) (Micro-USB port) (Usb charging, Usb on the go)
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
330
Model
with 18-55mm Lens

General

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
16.1 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
ISO modes
100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso, 25600 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (Internal) (Rear curtain, Slow)

Shooting

Focus
Autofocus (Face / smile detection)

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
Yes
Color space
Srgb, Adobe rgb
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Exposure compensation
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Scene selection
Yes (Portrait, Landscape, Night portrait, Night scene, Auto)
White balance modes
Auto, Daylight, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade, Color temp, Custom

Other features

Self-timer
Yes
Speaker
Yes
Tripod mount
Yes
10 fps (max)
3 fps (continuous)
Screen size
3 inches
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
Sd, Ms pro hg duo, Ms pro duo (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Video recording
Yes (H264, Mpeg4) (1920 x 1080 (1080p))

Connections

USB
2.0 (Micro port) (Micro-USB port) (Usb charging, Usb on the go)
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
330