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5.0 out of 5 stars Great camera with terrific new technology, October 23, 2012
This review is from: Sony NEX-5RK/B 16.1 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lenses (Black) (Electronics)
I've had the NEX-5R for 4 days and it is truly a terrific camera. 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 than any other NEX I've owned (5N, F3, and 7).

The Wifi capability has worked well and the new ability to download apps from Sony's PlayMemories App store is awesome. I've downloaded them both by connecting the camera to my computer with a USB cable and wirelessly to the camera over my local network. These apps offer some possibilities that are rare in any camera: like the Bracket Pro app that allows you to bracket shutter speed, aperture, focus, and flash. The difference is this bracketing does NOT bracket the exposure, so you get photos that are all normally exposed but with different depth of field, focus points, etc. This opens up some very nice new possibilities.

The camera is very light and small and I highly recommend it!
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Initial post: Oct 23, 2012 9:42:05 AM PDT
Scott says:
Thanks for your review. Have you used the wireless for anything else? For instance, can you easily transfer photos from camera to iPad or camera to home computer?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 23, 2012 2:15:04 PM PDT
Mike Hendren says:
Hi Scott, I've downloaded and looked briefly at the apps and I've connected it to my home Wifi network. Plus, I've tethered it wirelessly to my iPhone which allows you to see what the camera sees and also actuate the shutter. Then, if you want, the camera automatically uploads that image to your iPhone. I haven't had time yet to try an upload to Facebook, but I did send a photo to the Sony PlayMemories Online website.
I'll be updating info on the NEX-5R from time to time on my blog at www.thrumikesviewfinder.com

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 10:38:19 AM PDT
MisClaudia says:
that sounds wonderful.. but i dont see any directions on how to "tether" any of my products...
what i get is a code for playstation,,, i dont play play station. i am just about ready to return this item and get my 900 bucks back.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 26, 2012 1:10:38 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 27, 2012 8:40:39 AM PDT
Mike Hendren says:
Here's an excerpt from a book I'm working on. It's still a very rough draft but hopefully it will help.

First, you need to install the PlayMemories Mobile app (Free) on your smart phone ahead of time. So far only Android and the iPhone support the Smart Remote Control.
I'm a "Mac guy" and I used an iPhone for this. The download from the Apple App Store was straight forward. My experience is only with the iPhone so I won't be able to address the Android setup but I would presume / hope it is very similar.

Once you've downloaded the PlayMemories app to your phone and the Smart Remote Control app to your camera, the next step is to setup a network connection between the iPhone and NEX. On the iPhone, this is done in Settings > Wi-Fi, where you will select the camera and enter a password provided for you by the camera. With the camera "network" selected, go back to the PlayMemories Mobile app on your phone and soon the phone will see what the camera sees! Cool!
There will be a typical phone shutter button showing and a "Wrench" icon. Push the shutter button and the camera takes the photo, saving it to your phone. Press the Wrench icon and you are taken to a small menu where you can adjust the exposure compensation +/- 3EV, set a 2 Second timer, and choose between "Review, Save Image", "Review Only", and "Off".
One nice thing is that by pressing the shutter button half way, you are taken out of the remote control app and straight back to normal camera operation. Unfortunately, a "not-so-nice" thing is that every time you leave the app you first have to go back to Wi-Fi Settings, reselect the Camera, and back in to the PlayMemories Mobile app.
I did get the connection to work up to a distance of about 30 feet (line-of-sight). However, on the down side, the whole operation, while a very cool capability, is also a bit wonky in use. Sometimes it took several tries to connect even from just a few feet. And if you leave the camera app at all, you have to go through the connection process again - except for the network password which it does remember.
Note: The camera got very warm while left in Smart Remote Control for several minutes and it seemed to drain the battery faster - nothing scientific in this - just an impression.
After the initial setup is complete, here are some basic steps for getting back into the Smart Remote Control mode: (These are iPhone instructions.)
* Go to your Phone Settings → Wi-Fi.
* On the camera, go to MENU → APPLICATION → Smart Remote Control.
* Now, wait for your phone to recognize the camera network and select it.
* On your phone, open the PlayMemories Mobile app.
* In a few seconds the phone should see what the camera sees.
* Shoot away! ☺

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 8:19:05 AM PDT
MisClaudia says:
THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH.... i would never have been able to connect without your post. thank you thank you thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 8:39:19 AM PDT
Mike Hendren says:
You are so welcome! I think it's a great camera and the wifi / applications add a whole new dimension to it. Have fun and when you get a chance, check out my website at www.ThruMikesViewfinder.com I'll be posting about the NEX-5R and NEX-6 from time to time

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 27, 2012 10:32:10 AM PDT
MisClaudia says:
I am still having problems connecting to my camera... the phone was no problem the cam is constantly trying to connect but never connecting.

Posted on Oct 27, 2012 5:44:25 PM PDT
Scooter says:
On a different note, has anyone noticed any "clicking" issues while recording videos like on the 5N?

Posted on Oct 28, 2012 2:49:37 PM PDT
D. Frost says:
A very helpful review. Have you tried using the remote viewfinder/shutter app? I'm curious if that works well and how much shutter lag there is when using the app.

Posted on Oct 29, 2012 1:03:23 PM PDT
chitownlove says:
Great review!! Does this camera take good indoor pictures? I have had some issues with Sony and indoor pics not coming out so great. Trying to find one that doesn't have issues with indoor pics turning out too dark or reddish in color.
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