Rated 4 out of 5 by Mercury Solid Device
Pros: Very easy to use.
The 16-50 mm lens that the unit comes with is very decent, but not great for macro shots as it needs to be over 12 inches away of your focus point. Works great for portraits even in low light, with or without flash.
I find the camera apps available to download to the camera to be a nice touch and very useful for beginner photographers.
The auto focus on the lens works great, but if your shooting anything within three feet, it has a hard time and you'll need to switch it to manual.
The unit itself is very fast and has no problem doing high speed shooting even if you don't have a high seed memory card.
The duel microphones pick up stereo audio really nicely.
Cons: Whenever I've done full HD recordings, whether my surrounding temperature is 60F or 90F, the device shows that its overheating and shuts off.
The battery doesn't last very long but most mirrorless cameras I've reviewed lack a long battery life.
Overall, I think the camera is a great equivalent to a professional DLSR with the advantage of being super easy and fun to use. A great buy.
July 6, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by DreCtninea Small and powerful
I have an A65 and wanted the wife to get something smaller, finally she did. She loves it and i can't say how jealous i am. The camera takes very good pictures with auto settings and if user is knowledgeable F-stop and shutter can be manipulated. We went out to the race track and she was taking better pictures then me. I had a zoom advantage, but at the end of the day... She could get the small camera out and take great shots at the pits while i felt uncomfortable to take out the a65 70-200 lens out. The great thing about this camera is that u can take pictures everywhere because it is so small and u dont have to worry about settings the camera will set it up for u and take the picture fast. I still think my A65 with all the a-mount lens available is a great feature, but its nice that a small little camera that fits in your pocket and shots fast and sharp works and competes with the big units is a great reason to buy...
May 17, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by CSDTX Great pictures, Poor durability and longevity
This camera takes wonderful photo's and is compact and easy for on the go. Small enough it is not cumbersome for vacation use.
Unfortunately Sony customer service is pretty inconvenient. I purchased this camera in April 2013, it mysteriously stopped working in February 2014. I took it to the Sony store, they are not equipped to handle camera's. They referred us to the technical support line. I had to mail the camera in, at which point I was told that the camera had physical damage and could be repaired for $800. My problem with the product is that the camera had never been dropped, any damage done I would deem as normal wear and tear. I feel the longevity and durability of the camera should have been better in this price point.
The Panorama feature on this camera was GREAT! Until is completely stopped functioning after four months of use. The photo's were too dark to discern anything.
April 15, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by SMART Great for Street Photography
This is a great camera. It is small, has great quality and is quick. It is great for street photography. This and other future models are a great line of cameras!
July 26, 2014
Rated 2 out of 5 by Enjoyearth Great Pictures but Camera & Lens Poor Quality
This is an extremely useful camera... light enough to carry everywhere and have great features. Images came out beautifully and color were well balance. Handy in capturing images in low light situations as the camera is able to take 3 images and process into one, capturing all the details etc. Overall I am very happy with the pictures taken in all sorts of situations.
The bad news is that this camera is rather fragile and quality is poor. Within the first 6 months of purchase, my lens went cranky and occasionally would not extend out or return to closed-position. I have to shake it to loosen the mechanism in order for it to function again. Also my shutter got stuck for no reason and had to be replaced at a cost since it has to be done outside USA. Wish Sony would utilized their renown quality standards on this camera.
October 2, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by beldar08 Mighty Mouse of the camera world. Good bye DSLR.
Does everything a DSLR does and goes in my coat pocket. The real surprise is its ability as a video cam. I use it almost exclusively for making videos of live music in very low light environments. Exceeded my expectations.
December 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by pedra12 Great Camera
Great image quality and ease of use. Swapping lenses are effortless. The only negative I have is with the battery. I wish they allowed for battery swapping. Lots of times I drain the battery and have to use a battery pack to charge the camera when I could just swap for a fully charged battery.
December 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by hans1 excelente choice
I used to have an old nex 3 ,and decided to up grade to the new nex 5 ,specially because of the retractable lens,and a few additional features,i am very happy overall,much compact,faster ,and even easier to carry even in your pocket with all the advance options being an interchangable lens camera,i only miss the pop up flash of the nex 3 which is very convenient vs the atachable one
May 3, 2014