Sony NEX-5R

  |   by DigitalCameraReview Staff

The NEX-5R instead is being targeted at a different level of advanced enthusiast. If the NEX 6 is for those with a bit more in their coffers, then the 5R is the budget friendly version for the person that will absolutely never use a flash or any sort of hot shoe accessory. We came to this conclusion after observing the fact that the 5R still retains the older NEX style proprietary hot shoe. The NEX-5R houses a brand new 16.1 MP sensor developed with Hybrid AF (the ability to use by Phase Detection and Contrast Detection autofocusing) and better high ISO results in mind. The 5R retains the flip-up screen that its predecessor had, but this time it also slides up and down a bit more for a better view in compromising angles. It also still includes HD video recording at 60i, 60p (which looks beautiful when slowed down) and 24p. But perhaps the biggest change has to do with the inclusion of built-in Wi-Fi and upgradable Sony Play Memory apps. The NEX-5R can wirelessly transfer videos or photos to a mobile device (Android or iOS). Using its own Ad Hoc router, your device will connect to the camera and the units will talk to each other. Sound familiar? This technology was first incorporated into Eye-Fi Pro X2 cards–but Sony’s interface is simpler to use and should provide consumers with a much more seamless workflow.

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  • Pros

    • Great image quality up to 6400
    • Fast focusing
    • Compact size
    • Improved battery life
    • Addition of new dials to make access to settings much simpler and quicker
    • WiFi connectivity is very good with the iPad but not so great with Android phones.
    • Overall some of the best ergonomics of any mirrorless camera out there.
  • Cons

    • Our touchscreen wasn't as responsive
    • Old hot shoe
    • Weird placement of the playback button
    • Could have done better with at least an older EVF built in

Quick Take

The Sony NEX-5R offers a winning feature set in a compact, interchangeable lens body -- 16 MP, hybrid AF and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Read Our Full Review: Sony NEX-5R Review: Classy, Compact and Connected



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