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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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Type||Lithium Metal|
|Camera Flash||External Flash Included|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||7 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920,000|
|Display Size||3 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||14.2 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||12,800|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||200|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|Flash Modes Description|
|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 Voltage||7.2 Volts|
|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 Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||14.2 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Infrared (optional)|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Charge protection coating on low-pass filter|
|Shipping Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NP-FW50 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Video Capture Format|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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.
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
I already own an Alpha 33 and really enjoy it as it is fairly compact and has a lot of great features. But I really wanted a lighter, smaller camera for travel. I tried using a Canon Powershot 11 and found it to be pretty handy, but I wasn't completely happy with photo quality due to the smallish sensor size. As I was preparing for a trip to Guatemala, I decided at almost the last moment to get a NEX 5 to bring along after seeing a friend use one at a wedding.
After trudging up and down jungle paths, around city streets and markets I am very pleased to report that the NEX 5 exceeded my expectations on pretty much all fronts. BTW, I read DP Review's in depth review and some of the reviews on Amazon before making the leap and recommend that anyone thinking of buying a camera check such reviews as they give you information that can keep you from being surprised or disappointed.
Before I bought, I already knew that I prefer a camera with a viewfinder (which explains the Canon Powershot) and that I was giving that up with the NEX 5. However, in practical use over two weeks and hundreds of photos, I rarely missed the viewfinder although I did have to use my reading glasses to see the screen clearly. The LCD screen typically worked just fine and the ability to essentially "palm" the camera to take some shots unobtrusively was a good trade-off for me.
In retrospect, I would have been well-served to have had more time to study the manual with camera in hand before I left. For example, I discovered in the "Camera" menu a digital zoom function, but it didn't seem to operate -- I discovered back home that it works on non-zoom lenses only. That would have possibly made the 16mm wide angle lens a more interesting tool a few times when I stopped to switch from the 16mm to the kit 18-55mm zoom. I have uploaded three photos to show how the digital zoom performs using the 16mm lens and then zooming to 5x and 10x. The file size of the three photo got progressively smaller and from what I can see comparing with Photoshop, the picture quality of the 5x is about the same as if I had taken the original photo without the digital zoom and cropped the are which appears in the 5x digital zoom. Thus, you can effectively do the same thing with post-processing cropping as you get with the digital zoom, with what appears to be similar quality degradation. But it is an interesting in camera feature for when you are in the field.
I was very pleased with the wide range of shots that the camera can accommodate using the various settings and the high quality of the digital images that the stock lens and the 16mm wide angle capture.
Although I do not take much video, a did get some nice HD clips whose quality surprised me from this little package. The only quality issue was from my being a very amateur videographer.
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 definitely prefer an LCD screen that has more movement, more along the lines of the A33, which can fold the LCD screen into the back of the camera.
I discovered the limited programmability of the so-called buttons on the camera and used that feature, although I have not yet settled on the final programming.
It definitely pays to become familiar with the camera menus and the functions and read the manual.
My one suggestion to SONY would be to bring out a zoom with a range of 18-90mm (27-135mm equivalent for a 35mm film camera), the 3x range of the kit lens is a bit short and the size of the 18-200mm 11x zoom lens is a bit big and bulky.
My wife likes the smile detector mode, turn it on and the camera takes the photo when it detects a smile automatically. I bought this on Black Friday for $485 shipped, great deal and a lot of learning to go on mastering all the photography technic's.
It's been a mixed bag from three days of shooting. The camera itself is not meant to be a replacement for a DSLR, or a point and shoot, or a rangefinder. It is not as fast as a DSLR, not nearly small enough to put in your pocket (although the 16mm lens might let you do it), and does not give you manual freedom or "connectedness" like a rangefinder.
The tactile feedback is very limited, and yes, the menu diving is annoying. The options in the menu are inconsistent depending on which camera mode you're on, and some options (like raw shooting) are absent when shooting certain modes like hand-held twilight, panorama, etc. I suppose this makes sense in terms of processing, however the camera doesn't explain that you need to be in another mode first in order to change these settings.
The video quality is fairly good. You have almost no control of the recording, however. Everything is automatic - you can tap the shutter to "refocus" the camera, but to me this just sends the camera on a wild AF hunt that blurs the video. The intelligent auto also works well for someone who just wants the camera to do all the work. The other modes, panorama, twilight, and the preset "styles" all work pretty good. Saves me the time of stitching pictures together!
The raw files from this camera are decent - but never on par with my a700, and certainly not on par with my m8 or m9. Most of this is due to the lens, I believe. The kit lens is very prone to all sorts of distortion, and never takes pictures that are exceptionally sharp. And another issue with the raw files is that they're incompatible with photo editing software currently available. (Doesn't work in LR3, Aperture, photoshop, etc) They can only be viewed on sony's software. Eventually the format will be added, but for now you're stuck with sony's proprietary software unless you want to convert these files to adobe DNG.
With all of that said, for $700 you do get value for what you pay for. The camera does take pictures that are far superior to any prosumer point and shoot, and slightly edges out my friend's panasonic GF1. The video is pretty nice for such a tiny camera, and toting it around is a lot easier than carrying a DSLR or a rangefinder. I really liked the tilt screen that reminded me of my old hasselblad. I can recommend this camera if you're looking for an upgrade to your point and shoot, but I can't recommend it as a replacement for a normal DSLR or rangefinder. The tactile feedback, speed, and manual controls simply aren't there.