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Sony Alpha NEX-5A/S Digital Camera with 16mm f/2.8 Lens (Silver) (OLD MODEL)
- The quality of a DSLR in about half the size, weight
- World's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens camera
- Same APS-C sensor size, same resolution as Alpha DSLRs
- 14.2 MP; up to 7 fps shooting; ISO 12800 sensitivity
- World's first in class1 with 1080/60i Full HD movies
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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||7 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920,000|
|Effective Still Resolution||14.2 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/160_sec|
|Flash Type||Accessory Port|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||automatic with manual|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|HDMI Type||Mini Type C|
|ISO Range||Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.32 x 1.5 x 4.37 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0 pounds|
|Item Weight||0.63 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Weight||4 ounces|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 YEAR LIMITED|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,592|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Minimum Focal Length||16 mm|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||APS HD, CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Infrared (optional)|
|Removable Memory||Secure Digital card|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Charge protection coating on low-pass filter|
|Shipping Weight||1.75 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format||mpeg-4;h.264;avchd|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
From the Manufacturer
The NEX-5 has all picture quality of a DSLR, yet it's about half the size, half the weight and far less complex. Pulling off this minor miracle took some clever innovations in glass, silicon and software code.
Sony Alpha NEX-5 Overview
Bigger Sensor, Better Pictures
The NEX-5 is equipped with a powerful new 14.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, specially tuned to deliver uncompromising still-photo and movie image quality. Equal in surface area and performance to the large, APS-C image sensors used in Sony's acclaimed a system digital SLR cameras, it offers exceptionally rich tonal gradation and true-to-life color. Proprietary Sony processing technologies are also incorporated directly into the sensor, assuring clean, low-noise signal output and ultra high-speed data transfer.
World's Smallest and Lightest
Equipped with an image sensor that's 13 times the size of the typical compact camera's sensor, a NEX cameras turn snapshots into photographs. The bigger sensor means images with softer background that make your subject stand out and stunning low-light shots.
Expect More from a Camera
Sony has always recognized that a digital camera could take pictures in ways that film cameras never dreamed of. That's why we've created new capabilities to take your photography further than ever. These include Sweep Panorama, Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight and Anti Motion Blur modes.
Thanks to their powerful Exmor CMOS image sensor and BIONZ image processing engine, both these cameras can offer high-speed continuous shooting at up to 7 fps (approx.) in Speed Priority Continuous mode, and at up to 2.3 fps (approx.) in Continuous Advance mode. In addition, their 10-second self-timer also has a 3-shot continuous shooting setting.
High Def, Not Half Def
When you're shooting movies in AF mode with an E-mount lens, the camera smoothly adjusts focus and exposure in response to changes in the scene, and you can use the control wheel to instantly adjust exposure compensation on the fly. If desired, you can also preselect white balance and Creative Style settings before movie recording begins.
The Creativity of Changing Lenses
The beauty of SLR photography is the ability to change lenses to match your shooting situation. Now Sony brings that beauty to a compact camera. The NEX-5 gives you a choice of dedicated E-mount lenses, plus a choice of 28 A-mount lenses via an adaptor, sold separately.
Sophistication Made Simple
Automatically apply exposure values and Scene Selection modes that are optimized to suit each scene. What's more, they combine this full-auto convenience with a Background Defocus Control function that lets you enjoy one of the biggest creative advantages of interchangeable lens photography--the ability to defocus the background to make your main subject stand out from the scene. Just press and rotate the control wheel to set the level of background defocusing you want--it's easy and intuitive because you can confirm the level of defocusing on the LCD monitor in real-time.
The main menu features six clearly labeled icons that can be selected simply by rotating and pressing the control wheel. Inside, standard scrolling menus provide quick access to settings for shooting and playback functions, as well as a host of other user preferences and camera settings. The wide-screen format of the LCD monitor also contributes to enhanced menu legibility, so text and icons are always easy to see and select.
Top Customer Reviews
For me, there were four possibilities:
- The Sony NEX 5
- Olympus E-PL1
- Panasonic GF1
- Leica X1 (I'm a "red dot" softie)
In retrospect, I wish I had spent more time thinking about a small DSLR, such as the Nikon D3100. The price difference isn't too great, and it would have opened up the door to a more versatile collection of lenses and accessories. The NEX 5 is about the most compact of any of the above though, so perhaps the size versus quality trade-off will come in handy. The NEX 5 body is about 10 ounces - half the weight of most of the others (although it gets closer when you compare camera plus lens).
In terms of construction quality, I found the Sony to be very solid and well made, even though it's more compact than its peers. The body is a mix of magnesium alloy and plastic parts, and it feels rugged and comfortable in my hands. To be clear though, the Sony lenses seem quite a bit larger than the competition, and the combination of a small body plus enormous lens can look quite weird till you get used to it.
Most of the camera's functions are only accessible through an extensive menu system. I use Nikon's DSLRs, but was able to adjust to the Sony menus pretty quickly. Still, I think the camera might have benefited from a few more user-assignable buttons that let you keep commonly used functions closer than wading through the menus. Otherwise, I found the operation pretty straightforward. The screen is large and easy to read, even in daylight. There are a lot of built-in tips to guide you through the more complex or seldom-used features...Read more ›
Funny thing is, I went to a photography store to look at lenses and they scoffed at the size of the camera not knowing it was a new product with very high specs. After looking it up, they found out that almost every lens in the place could fit it with the adapter I bought - and they said the sensor was MASSIVE for a camera that small.
The quality of video is unreal. You have to see it to believe it. I bought a 500MM lens, a zoom lens 60-300MM, a 135MM lens and the wide angle lens that came with the camera. With those lenses, I have a pretty amazing video camera. I also purchased the mic attachment and will be buying the viewfinder attachment.
I took all kinds of video in daylight, at night and in various situations. Because the camera can be fully manual, it allowed me to set my ISO small and make adjustments so low light looked clear and crisp - dark, but clear and crisp. Don't set the ISO to high or you will get a lot of digital noise (gain) in your video. Because it shoots in 1080p 60i, the quality is on par, if not better, than my broadcast quality video camera. In fact, I could swear it is actually more clear and higher quality. Simply astounding.
The picture quality is superb - 14MP is pretty big, so your images look great and can be used for full page spreads in magazines!Read more ›
I sold my D90 and bought the Sony NEX-5 (silver because I couldn't wait for the black one). I just bought the 16mm lens and will wait until later this fall when I hear they are coming out with a 18-300 E-type.
This is a really cool camera. I basically keep it in my pocket almost all the time. It is pretty bulky in my pocket ever with the smaller 16mm lens (and protective lens & cap). I know I have read some bad reviews about the menu system but it really only took me about 20 minutes to get used to it.
The focus ring kind of reminded me of my Blackberry when I had one.
It was a little slow to get used to not having a view finder but there is a great feature that you can use to help fine tune your focus (it only works with E type lends and not the A with adapter. You basically can get it to auto focus and then lightly touch the focus ring and it ZOOMS in to help you FINE TUNE the focus. If I knew how to upload some sample pics I would but trust me, the picture quality is great. There are just too many other features for me to comment on but I highly recommend this camera form not just a step up for an amature but a pro wold use it just like I try to do. I get a lot of great shots just because I have this camera buldging out of my pocket.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I actually never received this item from amazon on time for my vacation so I received a refund ($449 on lighting deals), and purchased the same thing in Japan. Read morePublished on February 23, 2013 by Julie
Sony Nex 5 is undoubtedly a very good one. So far, performance is quite satisfactory.Image sharpness & color tone including video are commendable. Read morePublished on April 16, 2012 by C. RoyChowdhury
bought this to take baby pictures. i'm EXTREMELY happy with the result. the camera resolution(megapixel) is great! Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Shane L
i really like this camera mainly because the photos are very good looking. its so much more compact than a big dslr and thats mainly why i bought it. Read morePublished on December 2, 2011 by Justice
I love photography but haven't had time to learn all the tips and tricks, with this camera not only do I enjoy professional quality results with easy settings, I also get a camera... Read morePublished on November 13, 2011 by Amazon Customer
Be forewarned that if you plan to use this camera in AVCHD video mode in a warm environment, it WILL overheat and shut down. Google "NEX 5 overheat". Read morePublished on August 20, 2011 by F. Fowler
Someone "forgot" to mention that this item will not include Sony's better quality and more expensive 18-55mm zoom lens, instead it comes with the cheaper, lesser quality, Sony 16mm... Read morePublished on June 27, 2011 by Angel_Pen
I am old enough that I spent the first half of my life with SLRs and 35mm film. MY first foray into digitable photography was with a Sony Cyber-Shot-really sharp photos and easy... Read morePublished on May 29, 2011 by M. Dabney
I come from point and shoot background. This camera is amazing. Image quality is great ! Beautiful design ! very convenient ... Read morePublished on May 28, 2011 by Jimmy Romanos