The Sony Alpha NEX-5 is the world's smallest interchangeable lens digital camera that takes DSLR quality photos with 14 mega pixels, full HD video recording and 7 fps continuous shooting. Kevin Pereira and Alison Haislip take a look at the NEX-5 that sells for $650.
What You Need To Know
- This is the smallest interchangeable lens camera we've used.
- It's only 2.5" high and weighs less than any other DSLR style camera.
- You can buy a smaller pancake lens but it'll cost an extra $250.
- It also has a tilt out LCD screen.
- Sony had to keep the buttons to a minimum since the camera body is so small, and it's still easy to use.
- Doing things like changing modes or adjusting exposure takes a few more menus than you might be used to, but at least they're pretty.
- Sony's menu system might take a little digging, but overall, we don't have many complaints.
- It has tons of features like full HD video recording, panorama mode, and handheld twilight mode for low light shooting.
- The features all work well for the most part!
- Recording a movie is simple because of the one touch record button, but the quality is only okay.
- Panorama mode basically just records a movie and stitches it all together into an image.
- It works well unless there's movement in the frame.
- Handheld twilight mode also helps to make lower light shooting less blurry by taking a bunch of pictures at once and combining them for the best possible photo, but we still saw some blur in the pictures.
- The picture quality was pretty good.
- Normal light pictures look fantastic and what you'd expect out of a DSLR quality camera with accurate colors, lots of detail and very little distortion.
- Low light pictures were a different story: it's not bad but soft focus and blur seemed to be common. Lens distortion became more prominent, too.
- 3 Seals of Approval out of 5. (How do we rate gadgets?)
- We like the design and features but there's still room for improvement in image quality.
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