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Sony Alpha NEX NEX5K/S Digital Camera with Interchangeable Lens (Silver)

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  • 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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Product Details

Color: Silver | Size: full-size
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 8.7 x 4.7 inches ; 2.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B003MPSHP0
  • Item model number: NEX5K/S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (93 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,633 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at May 11, 2010

Product Description

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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

Sony Alpha a55 Digital SLR from
In technical terms, the APS-C image sensor is 13 times the size of the typical sensor. In human terms, you'll be taking photographs, not snapshots. The bigger sensor means softer backgrounds, for more attractive portraits.

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
Sony Alpha a55 Digital SLR from
The NEX-5 delivers the quality of a DSLR in a camera that's ready to go wherever you go. In fact, this is the world's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens digital camera (as of April 2010). It's roughly half the size and weight of Sony's smallest, lightest DSLR, the a230.

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
Sony Alpha a55 Digital SLR from
Many cameras take HD movies, but not so many offer the same Full HD 1080-line resolution as most broadcast HD networks. And very few have the same 60i frame rate for fluid, natural motion. In fact, this is the world's first interchangeable lens digital still camera with 1080/60i HD movies1.

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
Sony Alpha a55 Digital SLR from
Some cameras bristle with knobs, buttons and dials. The NEX-5 replaces them with a simple turn-and-click Control Wheel and a pair of Soft Keys. These give you easy access to the full power of digital photography. To make learning even easier, Sony includes an On-Screen Help Guide and On-Screen Tips.

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.

Product Description

The performance of a DSLR, in about half the size and weight.5 The NEX-5 is the interchangeable lens camera that goes wherever you do. Enjoy Full HD 1080/60i movies,2 astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 7 fps, incredible panorama shots, and Live View on a tilting 3.0-inch6 LCD.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Don't get me wrong the quality of the pictures is good; however if you want real zoom you need to get a different lens ; the high definition video file format is not easy… Read more ›
Photos taken are very crisp and clear compared to other brands out there and the size of the camera is an attribute other companies should follow and if possible, try to… Read more ›
And really, on balance everything worked very well in the beginning. My best shots were superb, and anything else was my error. The menu is clunky, but it got the job done. Read more ›
I mean, I'm sure the big boys have some features this camera lacks, but I'd never…The picture quality is great, even in low light, and the HD video recording is a big plus. Read more ›
Fourteen point two megapixels in a…Image quality is suburb plus I've been having fun playing with some of my old Minolta film camera lenses using an inexpensive adapter. Read more ›
---Large high resolution, super-sharp, tilting LCD…---HDR mode, sweep panorama mode (a sure crowd-pleaser), smile detection (gimmicky but great for taking kid's pictures) Read more ›
Panorama function works great and is very quick for what it produces in the auto stitch mode. I like not doing post production on the images. Read more ›
It's truely an amazing camera and innovative. Slick design, nice menu system with help, fast shutter speed and continuous shooting. The shooting speed rivals many SLR's and… Read more ›
It's just amazing. (b) excellent automatic mode selection. From macro to nighttime portrait, it has always chosen right. Read more ›
It shoots with unbelievable speed, especially considering its "P7S"like form-factor. I still can't get comfortable with its controls. It is too much for me. Read more ›
You can still use many of the NEX features (like scenes, HDR, multiple-shot, and panorama stitching) with these older lenses. Read more ›
Speed is great. I love the menus. I was somewhat worried about the flash, but it is good. Read more ›
I like that the screen tilts it makes it easy taking pictures or videos without having move with camera, the "panorama" picture taking feature is great too, pictures and… Read more ›
The NEX-5N's skin tone rendering is 100 times better. Video is terrific as well. I just wish Sony would come out with better lenses quicker. Read more ›
I got it with the 18-55 lens so i'm not sure how the pancake lens…Video is SHARP and crisp and one of the best features is the amount of background defocus you can program. Read more ›
Also about the Sony lens, the glass is so small that…If Canon has a mirrorless camera I would buy that instead since Canon knows how to make good video camera and lens. S… Read more ›
This camera is absolutely phenomenal! It takes great pictures and video, especially action shots. The only frustration is the .MTV format the videos are in. Read more ›
If the solid video appeals to you, buy a video cam. Read more ›
The bonus of this…Weighing only about a pound and a half with the 18-55mm lens, it is simple to haul around - whether in a camera bag or using the strap around your neck. Read more ›
I got this lens figuring it would very sharp where I needed it, knowing most long zooms of this type tend…But this lens is surprisingly sharp at both ends of the spectrum. Read more ›
That requires its pancake lens to be small and to be great. The 16mm is not a great lens. No review compliments it so. Read more ›
I hope it won't be too late. Thankfully I like the lenses with the camera. I use it as my every day camera along with a Leica D-Lux 4 and Nikon D90 respectively. Read more ›
This camera works beautifully in that it is not intimidating. Unless, maybe, when you use the long tele which makes it look more like a lens with a camera attached. Read more ›
3) the 18-55 lens is not that small---- I like the 16mm lens much better Read more ›
Although similar to others out there, I ultimately got the Nex-5 because it's compact and relatively easy to use, takes good pictures, and can be upgraded with… Read more ›
I have the 16mm and 18-55mm kit lenses and also the…Picture quality is fantastic, and the camera is easy to use (even for a rank novice like myself) in the manual modes. Read more ›
This camera takes amazing pictures. It's light weight and very easy to use. I ordered it a few days before Christmas and wasn't expecting it to come until the week after. Read more ›
This camera was recommended to us by a friend who owns a much more expensive professional camera. So far we are very impressed and it is fairly easy to use. The only thing… Read more ›
Maybe Sony just simply want to cut cost, making only one color for all the lenses? - Auto mode is easy to use and produces very good picture quality. But flash cannot be… Read more ›
1) it is easy to use canon EF lenses on it once you use an adapter and the effect is stunning Read more ›
Pros: Shoots almost DSLR quality photos, LCD screen is great, can shoot one handed with gloves, Low Light setting works well, panorama works fairly well with stationary… Read more ›
It became quite clear which was the superior camera. The LCD screen is amazing, while the menu and functions are easy to use. The only downside of this camera is that it… Read more ›
I could live with that, but there are other things missing. As good as the LCD is, I really want an EVF, even if I have to have a slightly larger body. I also really need… Read more ›
The video is pretty nice for such a tiny camera, and toting it around is a lot easier than carrying a…I really liked the tilt screen that reminded me of my old hasselblad. Read more ›
They shouldn't even sell the NEX-3 when you compare how much worse it feels…You still hold the lens like a professional would and I love the LCD compared to a viewfinder. Read more ›
The battery life is decent enough to last a day or two of shooting, it has an automatic HD video record button, it feels sturdy and strong, the screen tilts up and down, it… Read more ›
However, when I repeated the test with RAW instead of JPEG files, the NEX 5 images…I conclude that while the sensor is superb, the JPEG processing in the Sony is imperfect. Read more ›
The same sensor as found in a much larger DSLR. Rarely need to use the flash because the sensor is so good. - RAW support as well as JPEG Read more ›
Of course, there are better cameras (like Nikon D3X, for example), but…This one has a very good sensor of typical DSLR size (not 4/3) and this is the most important thing. Read more ›
quality- the huge crop sensor lets you take amazing pictures, I've cranked up the iso 1600 and even 3200 and still have great usable low noise pictures. This hands down… Read more ›
Don't forget one huge reason the GF1/EP1…Well the full sized dslr sensor in the NEX is MUCH bigger than micro Four..hence the lower noise...better overall IQ in my opinion. Read more ›
One thing that reviewers sometimes forget to point out is that with so many pixels and such a high quality sensor, you can sometimes crop away 90% of the original and still… Read more ›
If you already have a nice collection of lenses, go on eBay and grab a few…The NEX lets you zoom in x7 and x14 to really fine-tune your focusing which is perfect for MF. Read more ›
Movie quality is decent. Autofocus works very well. Camera body and lens look and feel like high quality in your hands. Read more ›
I see myself using the kits lens (both 18-50 and 16mm) than these legacy as the kits lens delivery almost as sharp images and auto-focus is a safer bet for important… Read more ›
I tested it against the Lumix G2 and thought the picture quality is noticeably better on the Sony (I do think focus is faster on the G2 though - certainly a great camera… Read more ›
I purchased the NEX-5 with the 18-55 lens. It is responsive and quick to focus. In addition, the on/off switch can be left on...and after your preset time, it goes to a… Read more ›
I also like the manual focus, though this is something that perhaps a dedicated button would have been a good idea for. Still, there's plenty of flexibility in the ways the… Read more ›
While I still prefer a viewfinder and the ability to use diopter settings, I would not sacrifice the nice size and weight of this unit to have that feature. I would… Read more ›
The lenses, though currently limited in range, are very nice (I have them all.) I love the small, compact size, the progressive engineering and innovative technology. As a… Read more ›
Amazingly sharp. I also like the light weight and compact size of the NEX. With the 16mm pancake lens it easily fits into a shirt pocket or jacket. Read more ›
Don't forget one huge reason the GF1/EP1…Well the full sized dslr sensor in the NEX is MUCH bigger than micro Four..hence the lower noise...better overall IQ in my opinion. Read more ›
I almost bought it on the spot, with no research. It is the perfect size and takes great pictures and is easy to use. I think this weekend I am taking my husband to the… Read more ›
I made the decision to buy the NEX5 based on Amazon customer review. I like the size and the look. I owned several different cameras (Sony DSCF828,H1,P120 Panasonic FP3,… Read more ›
Low light performance is good and I've never had a need for the supplied flash. Read more ›
Very easy, has several great features and battery lasts many…Has great performance in low light conditions, great stability with the fabulous feature handheld twilight. Read more ›
Other than that, it has stunning good performance under low light, very little noise in low light images. Read more ›
Sharp LCD display screen. Good low light performance with and without flash use. CONS: Poor HD video compared to my Sony HD camcorder, I was quite surprised about this. Read more ›
pro: very good fotos, great low light performance / nice fotos with high ISO, nice features like panorama, HDR, anti motion blur; cool design, small and lightweight camera. s… Read more ›
I like this little camera, really good value. Read more ›
happy to have paid less than $500 shipped to my front door. Great value Read more ›
If it…I'll just have to baby it every time I put it in, it is a hassle to need to worry about it staying secure for this price but for all the other features its a keeper! Read more ›
The battery life is decent enough to last a day or two of shooting, it has an automatic HD video record button, it feels sturdy and strong, the screen tilts up and down, it… Read more ›
Based on the specs and the initial reviews, the NEX5 seemed to have everything I wanted and needed: small size and weight, interchangeable lenses including lenses from… Read more ›
The Not-So-Good: Battery life is not good. Get an extra battery. Read more ›
It is just amazing. Very easy, has several great features and battery lasts many hours. Has great performance in low light conditions, great stability with the fabulous… Read more ›
I bought this camera for my husband as a Christmas gift as we will be traveling to…We used it at Christmas and it works great, takes great pictures, great battery life. I… Read more ›
The resolution and…It is nice the battery percentage is shown on the display, and like most cameras, tells the number of images and length of movies remaining on the card. Read more ›
The battery life is decent enough to last a day or two of shooting, it has an automatic HD video record button, it feels sturdy and strong, the screen tilts up and down, it… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

260 of 269 people found the following review helpful By Chris Nibley on July 2, 2010
Color Name: BlackSize Name: One
People, I LOVE this camera. I bought it thinking there was an 85% chance I was going to return it, but am happy to tell you that as soon as I uploaded my first pictures, I was smitten. I was most worried about picture quality, because I had previously owned a Sony a200 and a700, and ended up selling both for a Canon and Nikon, because the picture quality just wasn't up to snuff. My most recent camera was a D300s and I would say that the nex5 performs almost as well as it in most situations and even better in a few. And the nex5 video blows the D300s out of the water! Obviously everyone has different needs and preferences from their camera so all I can do is tell you what my needs were and why the nex5 is so great for them.

The picture quality was the most important thing for me, which was more than adequate so the next most important criteria was the LCD. The LCD on my D300s was a complete joke, as I couldn't see squat on that thing in even moderate sunlight. This was extremely frustrating but since it was based on an OVF anyway, I just dealt with it. But I started my photography in this digital age on a Canon S2IS which had a swivelling screen and full-time live-view, and honestly, I've missed that method of taking pictures ever since I moved up to dSLR's. The two things that I wanted most out of the LCD on the nex5 were adequate visibility in bright sunlight, and real-time exposure compensation, so that you know EXACTLY what your picture would look like before you take it. It passed both of these tests with flying colors. The second day I had it, my wife and I went fishing on the river, in the afternoon sun. Live view photography would have been impossible on my D300s but I had no problems with the nex5.
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127 of 131 people found the following review helpful By Radio Man on July 11, 2010
Color Name: SilverSize Name: full-size
I have owned the Olympus EP-1, Panasonic GF1, also have a Nikon d90 and canon s90 so I have seen a lot of pictures from all these cameras. First I would like to say the MENU on the NEX is actually pretty GOOD. Yes, like everybody has said it would have been nice to have a dedicated button for iso, w balance etc..BUT it takes literally 1 second and you can change those settings, what's all the fuss about??? I actually find the Nex's menu LESS complicated than the EP1 that drove ME nuts! all afraid of this camera because so many reviews mention the menu is them I say what???

What is blowing me away most is the low noise at high iso plus the overall picture quality. I am one of those DSLR people who wants DSLR type quality in the smallest package possible. I admit I am NOT a pro photographer but I can change every setting on my D90 and I know how to go deep into DSLR settings and what they mean. I say this ONLY because the Nex-5 seems aimed at point and shooters moving up the quality ladder but supposedly don't know all that much about settings. Yes, the Panasonic GF1 and Olympus E-P1 seem to give you a "little more" manual control than this NEX-5 does..but it's pretty controls.

What the NEX-5 does in my opinion is especially in raw format Blow the doors off the GF1 and EP1 as to how much detail you can work with. On the GF1 in raw..often I STILL couldn't get skin tones to look right, shadows in lower light always had too much noise..and I ended up with too many grainy pictures. I am simply blown away with the NEX as to how much detail you can get back using raw...where the jpg may look like a total can often still get a great pic using raw.

For the point and shoot people..
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44 of 44 people found the following review helpful By David Schnitt on August 2, 2010
Color Name: SilverSize Name: full-size
I have had this camera now for 3 weeks and its really wonderful overall.

- Very compact and light - not quite the size of a compact camera but pretty close. With the 16mm lens you can easily slip it into a jacket pocket or carry it in a small case. But it feels very substantial and has great ergonomics. Carrying around a DSLR is such a pain when I am hiking or walking around a city but this is a piece of cake. It also hangs from your neck with the lens pointed down so you don't bump into things with it.
- Articulating screen lets you shoot from the hip (literally). Screen is also super high resolution and what you see on the screen is pretty much what you get with the picture which is amazing for a non SLR camera.
- Fantastic pictures - great colors, excellent quality, 14m pixels really produces clear pictures. Great depth of field. The same sensor as found in a much larger DSLR. Rarely need to use the flash because the sensor is so good.
- RAW support as well as JPEG
- 1080 videos are beautiful and sounds quality is very good
- All of the controls are just a few clicks away on the interface to change the ISO, aperture, etc.
- Some really neat features such as HDR (takes 3 pictures with varying settings automatically to develop pictures with more contrast and shadows), automatically takes a picture when someone smiles (really!), panoramic pictures with ease (although takes some practice)

- Battery life is lousy. I may have a bad battery and I called Sony and they are sending me a new one for free.
- RAW files currently cant be viewed by iPhoto, Photoshop, etc. but you can view them using Sony's software. This should change in the near future.
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