Tech Review: Sony Alpha NEX-5 Digital Camera


Posted August 13, 2010 - By Moye Ishimoto

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Digital Camera Review »

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.

Find the full review from Gadget Pron on Attack of the Show after the cut.

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.


  • $650.00


  • 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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Tech Review: Sony Alpha NEX-5 Digital Camera


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