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. The one on top represents a normal picture, while the bottom is panorama.
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.