Sony's NEX-5R is overall quite a minor update to the old NEX-5N--but the changes that are there really count. The WiFi transmission feature is really quite cool for photographers, journalists or enthusiasts that need to shoot and share on the spot. The new sensor renders not only spectacular color but also excellent high iso results. On top of this, Sony decided to add in more ergonomic exposure controls.
On the downside though, our unit's touchscreen wasn't the most responsive and the camera retains the old Sony NEX hot shoe vs the newer multi-interface shoe. On other units though, the screen was snappy and responsive--rivaling that of even Olympus's!
Sony's autofocusing performance still isn't able to touch that of Micro Four Thirds cameras, and at this point we're not exactly sure why.
For the best imaging results, we found that users should stick to prime lenses. Not only are they consistently sharper but they can also offer you the bokehlicious images that everyone wants.
So who is this for? Many people I personally know have bought one as their video camera/camcorder. The predecessor was used by the BBC--so why not? Indeed, it has excellent video capabilities. But it can also capture spectacular images with the right lenses. Many people can use this camera and grow with it due to the ergonomic controls for exposure added in. In the end though, enthusiasts and those looking for more power from an interchangeable lens camera should look closely at the 5R.
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