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Sony NEX-5R review

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Our Verdict

For

  • Tilting screen
  • Good controls, Touchscreen
  • Good selection of filter effects
  • Excellent image quality

Against

  • Tilting rather than articulating screen
  • Non-standard hot-shoe
  • Filter effects JPEG only

As part of our image quality testing for the Sony NEX-5R, we've shot our resolution chart.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 100 the Sony NEX-5R is capable of resolving up to around 22 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them, check out our full explanation of our camera testing resolution charts.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

JPEGs

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ISO 100, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 200, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 400, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 800, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 1600, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 3200, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 6400, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 12800, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

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ISO 25600, score: 16 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Raw

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ISO 100, score: 22 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony NEX-5R review

ISO 200, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony NEX-5R review

ISO 400, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony NEX-5R review

ISO 800, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony NEX-5R review

ISO 1600, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony NEX-5R review

ISO 3200, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony NEX-5R review

ISO 6400, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony NEX-5R review

ISO 12800, score: 20 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Sony NEX-5R review

ISO 25600, score: 18 (Click here to see the full resolution image)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Green CompliantYes
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
GPSNo
USBYes
PictBridgeNo
Product Familyα NEX
Image StabilizationNo
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3x
Digital ZoomNo
Brand NameSony
FeaturesContinuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Live View, Orientation Sensor, Face Detection, Smile Detection
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4 AVC, MP4
Weight (Approximate)218 g
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityWEEE
Minimum Focus Distance250 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Battery Model SupportedNP-FW50
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card
Height58.8 mm
Width110.8 mm
Depth38.9 mm
Autofocus Points99
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC-LC, AC3
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash OFF, Flash ON, Red-eye Reduction, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Rear Flash Sync, Pre-flash
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-5RK
Product NameNEX-5RK Interchangeable Lens Camera
Product Lineα NEX
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEX5RKB.CE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

DSLR quality you can take with you

The NEX-5R might be small, but it takes pictures like a DSLR and it's got the speed of a DSLR too. It has a large APS-C sensor delivering 16.1 megapixel shots and bright images in low light. What's more, with built-in Wi-Fi you can connect to devices like a smartphone or tablet.

Battery Life330 Shot
Package Contents
  • NEX-5RK Interchangeable Lens Camera
  • SEL1855 E18-55mm F3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens
  • Power Cord (Mains Lead)
  • Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FW50
  • Micro USB Cable
  • AC Adaptor AC-UB10 / UB10B / UB10C / UB10D
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Flash HVL-F7S
  • Flash Case
  • Front Lens Cap
  • Lens Hood
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Limited Warranty1 Year
Built-in DevicesSpeaker, Microphone