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 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 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 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by corc Very pleased
There is a learning curve with this style as I am an old school 35 mm user. Many more options and settings available. I recommend lots of practice in many situations. Bought it to go on safari in Africa and loved it. The results were just what I wanted.
May 9, 2015
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 Enginerd An enjoyable alternative to the SLR layout
This replaced my Canon XS (aka 1000D) that died 30 minutes after my son was born (April 2015). I had used my old XS regularly since 2009 and knew it well. While the XS with an f/2.8 18-50mm zoom was a huge step up from the PowerShot I was previously using, it became clear that ISO 1600 was best used for converting to black and white because the noise was so bad. Also, even at ISO 100 the dynamic range couldn't handle landscapes or outdoor portraits unless shot early morning or late afternoon. I was constantly deciding whether I was going to clip the highlights or the shadows depending on subject matter.
Fast forward 5 years (NEX-5T originally released in 2013) and the differences are astounding. Now autofocus is fast enough and smart enough that I can leave it alone for the vast majority of my shots. This alone lets me more rapidly compose interesting images without missing the moment or fiddling with settings. That's good, because the downside to this camera is that you aren't going to change settings as quickly as you could on your old SLR. Just about everything requires two button presses or more to change. ISO up to 3200 is perfectly usable for portraits of kids indoors and late nigh shots. The dynamic range at ISO 1600 is better than my old Canon XS at ISO 100. The scene modes of Twilight, Anti-Motion Blur, and HDR, allow the camera to do in an instant what would have required extensive post processing at a computer before I got this camera.
The most interesting thing is the reaction of people around me with this new camera. Before, with my SLR, people would give me the "stink eye" when I'd take a few photos at events like fairs and farmers markets. I have to admit, even though the body of the Canon XS is pretty small as far as SLRs go, the F/2.8 lens was not. Now, it's like I'm just another Average Joe with a point-n-shoot and people ignore me completely, which is what I prefer. I can casually compose images from my waist by flipping the screen up (old school Hassleblas 501 style) so my face is never obscured.
It's been a big adjustment, and initially not a voluntary one due to timing and budget constraints, but the proof is in the results. I'm able to capture all the compositions and perspectives I used to with my old SLR in addition to new ones because I'm less conspicuous and the flip out screen lets me reach way down low or up high easy and accurately. Also, even with the kit lens, it's sharp and responsive in low light with excellent image quality.
May 13, 2015