Sony NEX-5A Digital Camera


What does the 23% ReviewGist Score mean?

Sony NEX-5 is a not recommended buy as per the ReviewGist score of 23%. This is because even though the Sony NEX-5 has garnered excellent reviews from most reviewers, it might not come with the latest specifications as it is a relatively very old model.

  • Excellent ratings from over 47 review sources with an average rating of 4.0 stars. Top review sources include, stars), and stars).
  • Released 4 years 8 months ago (May 2010) which makes it one of the very old digital cameras in the market.


Key Features
Camera Type Compact System Camera, Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Image Sensor Type CMOS
Optical Zoom 1.5 x
Resolution 14.2 Megapixel
LCD Screen Size 3.0 in.
HD Recording Format 1080i (HDTV)
Digital Zoom 10.0 x
Focal Length 18-55mm
Focus Range 31.5 in. to Infinity (w) / 78.74 in. to Infinity (t)
Focus Type Autofocus, Manual Focus, Continuous AF
Interchangeable Lens Interchangeable Lens
Macro Focus Range 1.18 - 31.5 in. (w) / 39.37 - 78.74 in. (t)
35mm Zoom Lens 24 - 360 mm
Image Quality
Camera Resolution 14.2 Megapixel
Image Resolutions 2288 x 1520, 4592 x 3056, 4592 x 2576
Image Sensor Size 28.2 mm
Video Format MPEG-4
Video Resolutions 640 x 480 (VGA), 1440 x 1080, 1920 x 1080
Video Speed 7.0 fps
Exposure Control
Aperture Range f3.2/f5.8 (w/t)
Frames Per Second 7.0 Frames
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 sec
White Balance Auto, Manual, Daylight / Sunny (Preset), Cloudy (Preset), Fluorescent (Preset), Incandescent (Preset), Shade (Preset), Flash (Preset)
Min. ISO Speed 200.0
Max. ISO Speed 12800.0
Compression Modes Fine, Normal, Uncompressed
Compression Type JPEG, Raw Image
Memory Type Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick Pro, SD Card, SDHC Card, SDXC Card
Flash Functions Auto Flash, Rear Sync Flash, Fill-in Flash, Red-eye Reduction Flash, Slow Sync
Flash Type Auto, Fill-in mode, Rear sync., Slow synchro, Red-Eye Reduction
ISO Speeds Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
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Viewfinder / Display
LCD Panel LCD Panel
LCD Panel Size 3.0 in.
LCD Protected Position Not LCD Protected Position
LCD Screen Resolution 921600.0 pixels
Viewfinder Without Viewfinder
Touchscreen Panel Touchscreen Panel
Interface Type USB 2.0, HDMI
Video Interface Video Out, Video In
Power Supply
Battery Life 330.0 Images
Battery Type Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
Included Features
Built-in Microphone Not Built-in Microphone
Built-in Speaker Built-in Speaker
Self Timer 12 Sec
Depth 1.56 in.
Height 2.38 in.
Weight 0.51 lb.
Width 4.38 in.
Warranty 1 Year
Exterior Color Silver
Family Line Sony Alpha DSLR
Included Accessories USB Cable, Shoulder Strap, Battery Charger, Lens Cap, AC Power Cord, Li-Ion Rechargable Battery
Product ID 98118342
Waterproof Not Waterproof
System Requirements
Operating System Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional, Apple Mac OS X 10
ReviewGist ID 54238,98118342, 102567761, 102473510
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Manufacturer Description

14.2 Megapixel, SLR Camera, 3 in. LCD Screen, With Video Capability, Weight: 0.51 lb.
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ReviewGist Report for Sony NEX-5


The Sony NEX 5 is one of the coolest things to come out of the Sony stable recently. Released in May 2010, this small wonder combines an interchangeable lens into a smallest package ever seen. In this report we look at some of the clever innovations that Sony has introduced with the NEX line. We then round up over 39 different expert reviews to see what the experts have to say about this mini-marvel.

What the Manufacturer Says

With the NEX 5, Sony claims a DSLR level picture quality in never-seen-before small and compact package. According to Sony, the NEX 5 is the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens digital camera. The small size has become possible essentially with a first-time-ever mirrorless design with a claimed thickness of just 24.2 mm for NEX-5 (excluding the grip and mount).

Sony is introducing the a brand new sensor with the NEX 5 - what it calls the 'Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor'. The sensor is larger than the ones found in most other compact cameras and should dramatically reduce image noise and bring it close to DSLR levels.
The other noteworthy introductions with the Sony Nex 5 are as follows:

1. Powerful BIONZ processor to support super fast DSLR leven shooting capabilities.
2. Supports a wide range of interchangeable lenses
3. HD Video Recording
4. Sweep Panorama Mode - which allows a very user friendly panoramic image construction by simply sweeping the camera from side-to-side and pressing a button.

What the Reviews Say

Almost all experts found that the NEX 5 does boast of some very impressive image quality. CNet went on to claim that the NEX 5 has the best noise profile as compared to all other cameras (including DSLR's) in its price range. However, it is important to note that the experts response get mixed when we look at the higher ISO levels. At ISO 1600, PC Advisor claims that the image was still 'clean' , however CNet found it pretty noisy. At ISO 3200 most experts report increased noise, so much so that the image is only usable for small prints.

Video quality has also been lauded across the board by almost all experts. Reviewers have specifically praised the HD (1080i) video quality and most are happy with the lens response while shooting videos. Though experts at 'Luminous Landscape' do point out a minor quirk (which might be a big deal in certain situations) that the shutter speed and aperture controls are unavailable while shooting video.

The optical capabilities are also top-notch for the NEX-5 according to most reviewers. The experts attribute this and the great images to the new Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor. PC World claims a very impressive exposure quality outpaced only by the Canon EOS 7D. Most experts are very happy with the auto-focus speed and accuracy. However, one major gripe with the NEX 5 is the lack of a built-in flash an viewfinder which has bummed off most experts.

Quite a few experts expressed a child-like delight on handling the NEX 5. This camera has a sturdy build quality and small in size, which makes it a joy to hold.

The 3-inch variable angle LCD does a great job for the NEX 5. It must be noted that the NEX-5 has very few buttons and dials even though the LCD is not touch. This has resulted in a mixed response as far as the interface is concerned. Depending on what you want to do, this arrangement might actually get in the way and seem annoying. According to experts at 'Luminous Landscape', this arrangement is only good for the newbies and would most probably seem annoying to the more advanced users.

As far as the battery life is concerned, we again got a mixed response from the experts. PC Advisor experts are very impressed, whereas the PCWorld experts claim it to be just average.

The 'ReviewGist'

Sony's claims of dramatically improved image quality due to the new 'Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor' has been given a thumbs up by almost all experts.

However, the Sony NEX 5 just stops short of setting a new benchmark as far as the image quality is concerned, primarily because of a lack lustre performance at higher ISO's. Though it must be said that combined with the fact that all this comes in a very small package and with all the interchangeable goodness, the NEX 5 becomes one of the most impressive deals in the compact camera space.

Buying Advice

The Sony NEX 5, primarily because of its small size and interchangeable lenses, comes out as one of the best piece in the market for almost-pros who want to shoot on the go. However, buyers should definitely try to play with the menu handling before buying, because most of our experts are not too happy with it. Also, if you absolutely need a built-in flash and optical view finder check out the Samsung NX10, as the NEX-5 is missing these.