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Sony NEX-5RK/B 16.1 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lenses (Black)

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  • 16 MP APS-C sensor with fast up to 10 fps shooting speed
  • Fast Hybrid AF includes phase-detection for DSLR-like focus
  • Full HD movie shooting at 60p/24p with full exposure control
  • Wi-Fi® sharing and downloadable camera apps
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Color: Black | Style: With 18-55mm Lens
  • Built-in Microphone
  • Noise Reducing
  • HD Compatible
  • Battery Charger

Product Details

Color: Black | Style: With 18-55mm Lens
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 1.5 x 2.3 inches ; 9.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0090QXG92
  • Item model number: NEX5RK/B
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,013 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 29, 2012

Product Description

Color: Black | Style: With 18-55mm Lens

From the Manufacturer

A+
Sony make . believe

DSLR quality. Wi-Fi convenience.

Shoot and upload DSLR-quality photos directly to Facebook®. With built-in Wi-Fi,
the NEX-5R even lets you download camera apps for endless possibilities or even
control the camera from your smartphone.4 All this and more in a camera that’s
about half the size of a DSLR.
NEX-5  
Small Camera + Big Sensor = Amazing Pictures. Share and Save Instantly. Full HD Movies.
With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, APS-C sensor size makes the difference between “snapshots” and “photographs.” This is the same HD sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized α DSLRs.
Wi-Fi® capability – a first for Alpha digital cameras – lets users transfer photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile™ app. Wi-Fi capability allows for sharing, viewing and saving photos for expanded photo-shooting enjoyment.4
Capture HD Movies in your choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution.1 AVCHD™ codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.

Technology
Sweep Panorama Technology
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (18mm focal length).
Fast Hybrid AF
Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF combines two technologies for outstanding performance: Phase detection auto focus for quick response that is ideal when tracking fast-moving subjects and contrast-detection auto focus for added precision. A perfect match that delivers optimal Auto Focus for fast, precise focusing in any scene.
Photo Creativity Touch interface
The Photo Creativity touch interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without the complicated settings. Changes can be easily made using the control dial with results seen in real time on the LCD. Settings include; Background Defocus, Brightness, Color, Vividness and most Picture Effects.
Accepts Sony® E-mount lenses
Compatible with Sony’s wide selection of E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for compact interchangeable lens cameras. Open up a world of endless creative options. Also, using an optional adapter accessory allows you to use an even wider assortment of A-mount lenses.
PlayMemories Camera Apps
Supports PlayMemories Camera Apps, the world’s first application download service that lets users install new camera functions
as needed.4
180-degree tilt-able 3” Touch LCD
The NEX-5R is equipped with a tilt-able LCD screen that flips up 180-degrees without sacrificing the compactness for which the NEX5 Series is renowned for. This makes taking great self-portraits incredibly easy since users can precisely compose shots, choosing to include people or objects in the frame for more satisfying results.

Product description and full feature list
The NEX-5R Digital Camera is equipped with the latest technology to bring you
incredible entertainment quality. Explore the full range of features and options below.
 

16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor
The same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized α DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, APS-C sensor size makes the difference between “snapshots” and “photographs,” delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.

Fast Hybrid AF
Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF combines two technologies for outstanding performance: Phase detection auto focus for quick response that is ideal when tracking fast-moving subjects and contrast-detection auto focus for added precision. A perfect match that delivers optimal Auto Focus for fast, precise focusing in any scene.

Full HD Movies1 at 60p/60i/24p
Capture HD Movies in your choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution.1 AVCHD™ codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.

Wi-Fi® Sharing
Wi-Fi® capability – a first for Alpha-series – lets users transfer photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile™ app. Wi-Fi capability allows for sharing, viewing and saving photos for expanded photo-shooting enjoyment. Photos can be easily transferred to smartphones and tablets, viewed on large screen TVs or saved to PC’s.4

PlayMemories Camera Apps
Supports PlayMemories Camera Apps, the world’s first application download service that lets users install new camera functions as needed.4

180-degree tilt-able 3.0” Touch LCD
The NEX-5R is equipped with a tilt-able LCD screen that flips up 180-degrees without sacrificing the compactness for which the 5-series is renowned for. This makes taking great self-portraits incredibly easy since users can precisely compose shots, choosing to include people or objects in the frame for more satisfying results.

Control Dial
Control dial, Fn (function) button and touch screen (including touch shutter function) greatly facilitate operation and getting the shot that much easier.

Picture Effect mode
There are 7 types (11 variations) of picture effects to choose from: Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color(R), Partial Color(G), Partial Color(B), Partial Color(Y), High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera. Each is unique and each give you a new and exciting way to make your images and videos pop.

6-image layering
The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. The camera then combines the data from the 6 different images up to ISO 25600 to create a single image. This method is used to control blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode or to get cleaner, sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.


Accepts Sony® E-mount lenses
Compatible with Sony’s wide selection of E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for α compact interchangeable lens cameras. Open up a world of endless creative options.

Photo Creativity Touch interface
The Photo Creativity touch interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without the complicated settings. Changes can be easily made using the control dial with results seen in real time on the LCD. Settings include; Background Defocus, Brightness, Color, Vividness and most Picture Effects.

Auto Portrait Framing
Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.

Clear Image Zoom
Utilizing Sony’s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you’re using providing greater shooting flexibility.

Convenient USB charging
Easily recharge the camera via USB charging. Simply connect the bundled USB cable and recharge the battery without removing it from the camera, either via AC outlet or PC connection.

Multi-interface terminal
Multi-interface Smart Accessory 2 terminal greatly expands the connectivity options such as external flash units.

Auto HDR built into camera
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)

Sweep Panorama Technology
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (18mm focal length).

Fast Auto Focus
Some cameras in this class are slow to focus. That can make you miss the shot on fast-moving subjects like sports and unpredictable subjects like pets and babies. Sony’s fast Contrast Auto Focus system typically takes as little as 0.3 seconds and also offers continuous Auto Focus when shooting movies.


Peaking AF display
The Peaking AF display makes precise manual focusing much easier by highlighting the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focal plane can make or break your shot.

Manual Focus Assist
Greatly magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring, making it easy to get razor-sharp images. Works with E-mount lenses only.

Enhanced Tracking Focus
Tracking Focus continuously tracks a user-designated subject and is now more effective at tracking people. If the subject turns away from the camera, face-detection tracking automatically switches to subject tracking and continues tracking.

Face Detection technology
The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.

Smile Shutter technology
Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter™ mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity.

Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)
Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.

Six Creative Style settings
Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste.

PhotoTV HD compatibility
Optimizes compatible BRAVIA® televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures.3

Dual Format Media Card Slot
For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ and SD/SDHC media (Class 4 or higher recommended), (Memory card is required, all are sold separately).

Anti-Dust Technology
Dust on the image sensor leads to blemishes in the picture. To protect the sensor, Sony incorporates an advanced ultrasonic system, which effectively shakes dust off the sensor surface.



1. Records in up to 29 minutes segments.

2. Attaching Sony A-mount lens requires LA-EA1 (note: Autofocus available with SSM and SAM series lenses when using LA-EA1) or LA-EA2 adaptors (sold separately).

3. Requires compatible BRAVIA® HDTV and HDMI® cable sold separately.

4. Requires an active 802.11 Wi-Fi network (802.11n recommended) or PlayMemories Mobile™ app installed on compatible Android™ or iOS device.
    PlayMemories camera apps require download with existing Sony Entertainment Network account. Download available in all countries/areas
    where Sony Entertainment Network is available.



© 2012 Sony Electronics Inc. All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or in part without written permission is prohibited. Sony is not responsible for typographical and photographic errors. Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Sony, BIONZ, BRAVIA, Exmor, InfoLITHIUM, Memory Stick, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, PlayMemories Home, Smile Shutter, Stamina, Theatre Sync, Sweep Panorama, and the Sony make.believe logo are trademarks of Sony. AVCHD is a trademark of Panasonic Corporation and Sony Corporation. Microsoft, Windows, and Windows Vista are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. Mac OS and iMovie are trademarks of Apple Computers, Inc. HDMI is a trademark of HDMI Licensing LLC. All other trademarks are trademarks of their respective owners.

 

Product Description

Shoot and share DSLR-quality photos online, straight from the camera. With built-in Wi-Fi®, the NEX-5R even lets you download camera apps for endless creative possibilities.11 And the 16.1MP APS-C size sensor delivers breathtaking stills with pro-grade defocused backgrounds. All this and more in a camera that’s about half the size of a DSLR.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It takes some getting used to the menu layouts but is a great camera. The image quality is also excellent. Read more ›
I needed a great quality camera for filming videos. It has auto focus and I can see myself while filming+++. Read more ›
This camera was a good purchase. It takes great pictures. However, after a few months, the on/off switch became very stiff i.e. difficult to click to the left and right. Read more ›
This camera takes wonderful photo's and is compact and easy for on the go. Small enough it is not cumbersome for vacation use. Read more ›
I took the camera to one of my friend’s wedding and people were asking…It behaves fine on low lights and when you master the camera, definitely you will get great results. Read more ›
The reason why I bought this camera was to use it to film some…The quality is fantastic and I can easily power it on and press record in time to get all the good shots. T… Read more ›
ISO 100 in video vs canon rebels 200 Auto features are great Read more ›
The…The intelligent modes are pretty useful for most shots, but you will need the program and manual modes occasionally for things like low light shots or HDR photography. Read more ›
Image quality is great. Range of features is incredible. The ability to download apps is an unexpected bonus Read more ›
This camera is fast the shutter speed is very quick. The camera has a lot of features that are really cool like the smile detector "it takes a phot when you smile!" We… Read more ›
It's a good camera ! It give you the possibility to control your picture, with the lens and strong functions, but without being to heavy. The only thing I don't like is the… Read more ›
-Lastly, it didn't come with an external battery charger. Yes, just like most modern smartphones, Sony wants you to charge the battery in-camera, via USB charging. This… Read more ›
Really nice pictures (my other camera is a Nikon D300S !), better movie than the SLR and quite easy to use. No so compact though... doesn't fit in your pocket... Read more ›
Great camera to use with kids because it can take several images together. I don't even find the size that heavy to use throw in my purse. Read more ›
Great low lux camera. Easy to operate love it. Takes great pictures. Read more ›
Not real easy to use as you need a background in photography. I'd stick to some simpler models if you're not a photo-head. Read more ›
Got to be honest I am not very camera savvy and the camera is very easy to use and needless to say stupid proof. Read more ›
Simple to use, fast & very portable Read more ›
Manual focus assists are a life saver, image mag. and focus peaking are great. Battery lasts quite long. Read more ›
The 16 Megapixel sensor produces excellent images, handles noise well at the higher ISO's, and gives us phase-detection autofocus which has been faster and more reliable… Read more ›
I used to have the NEX-5N. I upgraded to the new NEX-5R mainly because of the extra dial and Fn buttons, faster auto focus, and 180 degree flip screen. I'm very happy with… Read more ›
AF is fast and generally focus on what you want but you can always use the touch screen to have it focus on something else(like if you want to focus something on the edge… Read more ›
By the way, Sony offers a free software update for some older NEX lenses so they can use the ultra fast hybrid focus of the 5R. Read more ›
The camera has several automatic modes (it can even be set to snap a photo as soon as it "sees" your subject smile!), but for normal photo shooting and all the fancy stuff… Read more ›
I am pretty disappointed and I don't know if I have a defective camera or am I doing something wrong at this point (Yes I have read the manual…The video quality is great ! Read more ›
Camera shoots beautifully and has many options. The video is super crisp. The only downside is the clunkiness of the camera and holding it while you shoot. Read more ›
We use this camera as an addition to a Canon 5D mark 2, however this is really our go to camera because it is so easy to use! It takes great pictures and video. We also… Read more ›
Case in point, I bought the SLT-A33. Great for video except the built in mic picks up the noise of the lens motor so I plugged in an external remote lavalier mic.. Voila,… Read more ›
2) Improve WiFi / Playmemories user experience and have more controls via mobile app like video capture, setting changes, etc) - sony has a long way to go but can be done… Read more ›
It takes great video and photos but there is no place to plug in an external mic and Sony sells one, count em, one external mic that fits on the "smart" accessory terminal… Read more ›
It has a great and natural buff on your looking! The flip back screen is brilliant! Very helpful! Read more ›
The speed is awesome (shots per second) and I really appreciated the upgrade to 1080p video. The 180° tilt of the screen is awesome and makes self-portraits much simpler. Read more ›
I ended up abandoning the idea…After a few weeks of research, I decided on the NEX 5 because of the flip up LCD screen (which is useful for self-portraits and self-videos. Read more ›
I find the 5R (and its predecessor, the 5N) to be very comfortable in the hand, the screen is bright and clear, and I don't find the virtual mode dial to be any more… Read more ›
3) Additional Fn/Dial for control/settings: Less digging into the…4) 180 Flip TOUCH Screen: NEX 3 has a 100 degree flip screen which is decent but 180 is just better :) 5… Read more ›
There are numerous settings and scrolling through dozens of them to find what you are looking for is a pain. For example, changing the brightness of the LCD screen. Last… Read more ›
-Isn't weather sealed (It would be nice, just saying) -Doesn't come with the available PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom lens as part of the kit (This lens is amazing!) -aaaann… Read more ›
Judged by its images (especially if you put a decent lens on it), the NEX-5R is an excellent imaging machine right up there with the best of the APS-C cameras. Whomever… Read more ›
This camera has worked good with the kit lens but I've come to realize that I still need a faster lens to shoot at a fast enough shutter speed to really get some decent… Read more ›
I can say with confidence that this little camera shoots like a $2,000 dollar DSLR. And probably with a high quality lense will shoot pictures that look like a $3,000 DSLR. Read more ›
I have heard that a 3rd party manufacturer has announced something called a LENS SPEED BOOSTER for the NEX series that will enable the attachment of a "full frame lens" to… Read more ›
For example, I use fully manual lenses and liked being able to see the aperture and focus settings while behind the camera without having to look over the flash housing of… Read more ›
2. optics are as good as my previous cameras, probably better. 3. Wifi is actually useful for an amateur family photographer. Can share photos fairly rapidly with others. Read more ›
- PlayMemories Home - I hate having a bunch of USB cables connected to my laptop so the main thing I expected to do through WiFi is upload full resolution pictures from the… Read more ›
I take it on all my vacations and everywhere I go the quality is so good. I love the wifi feature too Read more ›
- The wifi only transfers using their software. It will not auto transfer my photos to a network drive, like other wifi devices can do. - Sony advertises features for the… Read more ›
Love the WiFi hookup to my android phone, I've been asked by a lot of people to take a picture and email it to them at games or just because they can't get a good enough… Read more ›
(3.) Now, the camera itself can act like a wireless computer, and can download apps, filter effects and connect with your PlayMemories account. Download and install the… Read more ›
6. Handheld twilight, Panorama photo,…7. High-definition (640x480) quality LCD with fast refresh rate and wide view angle, color reproduction is very good and accurate. 8… Read more ›
- ITS NOT a DSLR: our first impression was great, but our insctinct was to grab the camera and use the intelligent plus mode, Sony says this is the "for dummies" mode, it… Read more ›
Video quality is amazing, especially when set to 1080p/60fps; it's ever-so-slightly better than the Sony HX30V in terms of contrast, richness of color and motion… Read more ›
Anyone who buys this camera probably knows about RAW and photoshop or…I don't know why anyone would use a really simple and novice color correction software on the camera. Read more ›
- The Size is better than expected, when i opened the case i…- The pictures and the functions are preety cool and you can do a lot of stuff like select color and stuff. -… Read more ›
Photos and interface are great. Updating software and installing apps is somewhat contra-intuitive and can be buggy. Read more ›
If you are going for the convenience/geeky features, then this camera is great and leads the pack by a long shot. The phone interface is great! To me that fact remains, a… Read more ›
But if you consider this in a more brighter way: it's good to have the modal button fixed and the new Fn button is easy to trigger with your index-finger, plus you won't… Read more ›
There is only one rotating dial, making…On the 5R, there's an extra dial on the top right and a function button, allowing you to access a quick menu for common settings. Read more ›
It takes too much scrolling just to get to some settings. Luckily there's that function button. Read more ›
One of the main uses for me is shooting my kids around the house in poor light and the…The high ISO performance is very good, don't get me wrong, but the option was a must. Read more ›
I still give this camera four stars, as my cons are more based on my individual use…The image quality and camera performance was outstanding for the four days I used it. Read more ›
It has the same excellent imaging performance but is more comfortable to shoot with, has that great built-in OLED EVF, a physical dial for changing shooting modes, and a… Read more ›
It has the same excellent imaging performance but is more comfortable to shoot with, has that great built-in OLED EVF, a physical dial for changing shooting modes, and a… Read more ›
I am quite impressed with the picture quality, menu system, DSLR like performance in a small, easy to carry form factor, and the WiFi function that enables quick transfer… Read more ›
PDAF is mostly benefit in the AF-C mode (Please watch…PDAF can only be activated when aperture value is no greater than f/6.3 (e.g: f/1.4-f/6.3 works, f/7.1-f22 won't work) Read more ›
This camera is really nice. It offers all the manual features a amateur photographer wants the size that a consumer wants for a good price. The only things that bother me… Read more ›
All-around a great camera at a great price, the newer version isn't worth the added cost. Read more ›
The quality of the pictures is breathtaking. It's a perfect DSLR starter camera at a good price, and ultimately portable. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

234 of 252 people found the following review helpful By Z. Wu on October 21, 2012
Style Name: With 18-55mm LensColor Name: Black
Length: 1:33 Mins
This review is for both new NEX adapters and exist NEX members wish to upgrade to 5R.

I'm a active NEX users and very fond of NEX-7 for it's whole package. I bought this 5R as a backup camera to my NEX-7. So here is some conclusion of my 2 weeks extensive experience with NEX-5R, hope it can give you some ideas:
The NEX-5R is the 3rd generation of Sony NEX camera line:

2010-2011
Entry: NEX-3
Intermediate: NEX-5
Enthusiastic: None

2011-2012
Entry: NEX-C3
Intermediate: NEX-5n
Enthusiastic: NEX-7

2012-2013
Entry: NEX-F3
Intermediate: NEX-5R
Sub-Enthusiastic: NEX-6
Enthusiastic: NEX-7

2013-
Entry: NEX-3N
Intermediate: NEX-5R(update soon)
Sub-Enthusiastic: NEX-6
Enthusiastic: NEX-7(update soon)

Thus, the NEX-5R is the successor of NEX-5n.
If you have don't have a extensive knowledge about NEX-5n or NEX family, here are the highlights of my field experience:

1. APS-C sensor size, 1.5x crop for lens DOF and focal calculation, very popular and balance sensor size, give you enough shallow depth of field but still keep lens in a affordable weight, seize and price.
2. Sony CMOS Sensor, the most widely used and acclaimed sensor in recent days, even Nikon, Pentax, Olympus, Fujifilm put Sony senor into their highest level DSLR cameras. It gives you the lots of dynamic range, color depth and top notch low light ISO performance.
The field benefit is I can live with jpegs directly come from the camera w/o tweak Raws and struggle for more detail and dynamic range.
3. Compact size, well designed simplistic camera body is very easy to handle and grasp.
4. Relatively long battery life compare to similar specs mirrorless cameras.
5.
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59 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Krafft on December 18, 2012
Style Name: With 18-55mm LensColor Name: Silver Verified Purchase
Just received my Sony NEX-5RK/S with the kit 18-55mm lens, along another lens I bought separately - the Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN- Sony E 330965, (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0078ZYBP0/). I've only had a few hours to play around with it, but am already very impressed and happy.

I am not a professional photographer, but have used a wide range of cameras from point-and-clicks, to the Canon EOS Rebel XT DSLR I've owned for more than six years. If you're a serious professional photographer, then I'm sure there are plenty of cameras better suited to your level of expertise. If you're like me, someone who just wants professional-LOOKING photos from my various outings, holidays and special occassions, then you will be very pleased with the Sony NEX-5RK.

WHY I BOUGHT IT

I bought the Sony because my old Canon was simply too bulky and not at all easy to use on vacation of family outings. I wanted something with more of the convenience of the pocket cameras, but with all the professional capabilities of the DSLRs. The Sony, even with the zoom kit lens, is small enough to fit in a jacket pocket or purse - or just use the included neck strap. The camera is so light, you won't even notice it. The shipping weight says 3 pounds, but that includes the charger and manuals. The camera alone - with lens - is probably closer to 2 pounds.

ACCESSORY NOTES

When I purchased this camera, there was a free accessory package offer I added to my order - which included a (1.) 16GB memory card, (2.) a camera bag (Case Logic DCB-304 High/Fixed Zoom Camera Case (Black) - http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0039BPG1A/ref=oh_details_o02_s01_i00) and (3.) a Pogoplug device. The camera bag is perfect, and also includes a strap.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful By S. Vogt on May 12, 2013
Style Name: With 18-55mm LensColor Name: Silver
I took the NEX-5R hiking with me yesterday and thought the shooting experience was a mixed bag. Here are my pros and cons:

PROs:

-Excellent image quality. Color, detail, and ISO performance are all first rate for an APS-C camera. Noise becomes noticeable at ISO3200 but even at that sensitivity, the noise is of the fine grain variety so it still looks halfway decent. Color performance does degrade a little as you get to ISO1600 and beyond but this is pretty typical for this class of camera.

-Exposure is generally on the mark if skewing a little towards underexposure. Which I prefer to overexposure.

-Dual dials for adjusting both aperture and exposure.

-Autofocus performance is generally pretty good.

-Shot to shot times are good.

-Camera feels solid and well-made.

CONS:

-The LCD sucks on this camera. It's extremely reflective in sunlight even with the settings adjusted accordingly. This is a big problem because, unless you buy the add-on viewfinder, it's all you have to compose a shot. By the time you got the add-on viewfinder, you could've paid the same amount for the NEX-6 which features one built-in.

-The touch screen is of the resistive type rather than capacitive. It's good in a way because it prevents you from accidentally firing off a shot but at the same time, it just isn't as responsive as a capacitive touch screen.

-Like other Sonys, I find the menu system needlessly complicated and feel it should be streamlined for access to commonly used shooting settings.

Judged by its images (especially if you put a decent lens on it), the NEX-5R is an excellent imaging machine right up there with the best of the APS-C cameras.
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