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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.

Smallest in class
This is the world's smallest interchangeable lens digital still camera (as of April 2010). We removed the conventional mirror box, AF sensor and viewfinder, reducing the flange back distance from 44.5 mm to 18 mm. The result has all the quality of an a DSLR, but is 48% smaller and 49% lighter than our a230.

Interchangeable lenses
Compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for a compact interchangeable lens cameras. Opens up a world of creative options.

APS-C size HD image sensor
The same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized a DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical3 image sensor, APS-C makes the difference between snapshots and photographs, delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.

First in class with 1080/60i movies
This is the world's first interchangeable lens still camera with 1080/60i AVCHD Full HD, exactly the same resolution and frame rate as most broadcast and cable HDTV channels. Records in 1080/60i AVCHD format, 1080/30p high definition in PC-friendly MP4 format and standard definition 480/30p in MP4 format.2

14.2 megapixel resolution
You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.

Up to 7 frames per second
Capture the decisive moment in sports and get the ideal baby photo. Up to 7 fps continuous shooting at full 14.2 MP resolution with exposure and focus fixed at the first frame. Standard continuous shooting at up to 2.3 fps.

ISO 12800 sensitivity
Incredibly clear low-light pictures without sacrificing detail. As of April 2010, this is best-in-class performance, made possible by low-noise Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor and refined BIONZ image processor.

Sweep Panorama
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 (16mm focal length).

Anti Motion Blur mode
Corrects for subject movement to capture amazingly clean and sharp images in low light. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image that minimizes subject blur.

Hand-held Twilight Mode
Get cleaner and sharper nighttime pictures?beyond the capability of traditional cameras?without using flash or a tripod. The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. Combining the data from all six creates a single image of extraordinary detail and low noise.

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. Until recently, you needed a computer and editing software. Sony builds HDR in. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)

Live View LCD
The LCD monitor is active full-time for composing shots. Provides a what-you-see-is-what-you-get preview of white balance, focus, depth of field, exposure and 100% framing accuracy, plus informative on-screen displays.

Tiltable 3-inch LCD screen6
Empowers your photography with a different point or view. Tilts down 45° and up 80° to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss.

920K pixel TruBlack LCD screen
Sony's Xtra Fine LCD monitor has best-in-class resolution (as of April 2010). The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increase contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further in bright sunlight.

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 just 0.3 seconds. Also offers continuous Auto Focus when shooting movies.12

Intelligent Auto Focus
Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum.12

iAUTO (Intelligent Auto) mode
Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. Takes advantage of Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization without leaving auto mode so you always get the best shot.

On-screen Help Guide
Provides ready reference, explains the camera's modes and settings. Walks you through camera operation so you get the best shot. Helps you advance from basic operation to greater sophistication.

On-screen Shooting Tips
Offers expert advice so you can shoot like a pro.

Control Wheel + Soft Keys
Unlike cameras that bristle with knobs, buttons and dials, the NEX-5 features a simple turn-and-click Control Wheel and context-sensitive Soft Keys. It's elegant, uncluttered and intuitive.

Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
Conventional image sensors use only a handful of analog-to-digital (A/D) converters, which can slow you down. The NEX-5 Exmor sensor provides 4,592 column-parallel A/D converters. You get fast response, superb image clarity.

BIONZ image processor
The brains of the camera is a refined version of Sony's BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 12800 sensitivity. Also enables fast processing for up to 7 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 14.2 megapixel images. Sweep Panorama and 6 image layering.

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

Accepts a DSLR A-mount lenses7
Using the LA-EA1 adaptor (sold separately), you can attach the full selection of a A-mount system lenses, which includes 28 current models and an installed base of millions of lenses worldwide. Operational restrictions apply.7

25-point Auto Focus
25 sensors cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame.12

Multi-segment measuring
Optimizes exposure based on 49 segments. Choice of Multi, Center and Spot metering accommodates a full range of shooting situations.

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.

RAW image capture
The NEX-5 saves your pictures as compact JPEG files or ultra-high quality RAW files. RAW files save images prior to de-mosaicing, white balance, sharpness and color enhancement. This retains maximum latitude for enhancing the image on your PC.

Background Defocus control
Cameras with APS-C sensors take beautiful pictures because they can blur the background. That helps make your subject stand out as the center of attention in portrait photography. But you've had to know about aperture f-stops and shutter speeds. Now Sony makes it easy. Simply turn the Control Wheel one way for backgrounds in focus, the other for background defocus.

Accepts image stabilized lenses
Selected E-mount lenses incorporate Optical SteadyShot image stabilization to combat the effects of camera shake. Building stabilization into the lenses enables the camera body to be remarkably thin and light.

Powerful supplied software13
To help you refine and manage your images, the camera is equipped with computer software including Image Data Converter SR, Image Data Lightbox SR and Picture Motion Browser (PMB).13

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.

HDMI output for HD viewing
Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output.8 In addition, the BRAVIA Sync system works with compatible Sony BRAVIA HDTVs enabling you to control camera playback using the television's remote9.

Eight Scene Selection Modes
These help you get the shot by optimizing the camera for specific shooting situations. Select from Portrait, Sports, Macro, Landscape, Sunset, Night View, Night Portrait and Hand-held Night Shot modes.

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.

P/A/S/M operating modes
The NEX-5 offers a full range of controls from the beginner's iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.

Anti-Dust Technology
Anti-Dust Technology helps keep the CMOS sensor clean, resulting in consistently clear pictures. First a static-free coating on the sensor's low-pass filter helps repel dust. Then vibration automatically dislodges dust from the sensor.

Up to 300 Shots10 of battery life
Take up to 300 shots on a single charge10 with Sony lithium ion Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.

Supplied detachable flash
To help you shoot more effectively in formal portraits, the supplied flash has a Guide Number of 7.

Dual Media Slots
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.)

PhotoTV HD compatibility11
Optimizes compatible BRAVIA televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures.

Index and Slide Show Display
Quickly review your photos using 6- or 12-frame index views, or as an automatic slide show with fade-in/fade-out effect.

Ultra-light Magnesium alloy fascia
The camera combines high strength with low weight, thanks to the Magnesium alloy front fascia.

Remote capability
Works with the optional RMT-DSLR1 Remote Commander wireless remote control.

1 World's first interchangeable lens digital still camera with 1080/60i HD movies.
2 Movie recording is limited to segments of 29 minutes, maximum. When using movie mode Memory Stick PRO Duo with MARK2 logo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG HX Duo or Class 4 or higher for SD/SDHC media are recommended.
3 More than 13 times the area of 1/2.4-inch type sensor of the Sony DSC-WX1.
4 World's smallest, lightest interchangeable lens digital camera as of April 2010
5 48.8% smaller and 49.1% lighter compared to Sony a230.
6 Viewable area measured diagonally
7 Attaching Sony A-mount lens requires LA-EA1 adaptor (sold separately). Manual focus and full open aperture shooting only.
8 HD Viewing requires a mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable and compatible HDTV, both sold separately.
9 Works with other BRAVIA Sync or Theatre Sync labeled HDTVs when connected via HDMI interface. Mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable required, sold separately.
10 When fully charged. Actual results may vary based on product settings, usage patterns and environmental conditions.
11 Compatible BRAVIA HDTV and HDMI or component cable (all sold separately) required for PhotoTV HD viewing. Specifications for BRAVIA HDTV shown vary according to market region.
12 Auto Focus function is only available with Sony E-Mount lenses.
13 PMB requires Microsoft Windows XP SP3/ Windows Vista SP2/ Windows 7. Mac OS not supported. Movie format is compatible with iMovie '09 or later versions.

Review Snapshot®
Avg. Customer Rating:
 
4.3 stars
(based on 18 reviews)
87% of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:

Pros:
Compact(16), Easy to use(17), Good battery life(3), Good image quality(14), Good in low light(10)
Cons:
Limited zoom(5), No viewfinder(8), Short battery life(5)
Best Uses:
Family photos(15), Landscape/scenery(11), Low light(16), Sports/action(7), Travel(16)
Describe Yourself:
Casual photographer(8), Photo enthusiast(9)
Was this a gift?:
No(16)
 
Very compact, Very capable, very light!
By Naples GuyVerified Purchaser from Naples, fl, Strongsville, Oh on 5/17/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Face detection software, Fast Auto focus, HD Video recording, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Manual focus, Night shooting mode, Programmed scene shooting modes, Touchscreen
What do you do with your digital images?:
Display on digital picture frame, Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Print using an in-store photo service via online upload, Save to disk
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
9
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
8
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
10
Overall Experience:
10
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy to Use, Fast Shutter Speed, Good Battery Life, Good in Low Light, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Cons:
Limited Zoom, No Viewfinder
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

The larger and heavier a camera is, the less likley it is that you will take it with you.

The Nex 5 offers the performance of medium DSLR's without the bulk and weight.

It needs a few more lens options.

 
Would Recommend This To A Friend
By SBSUVerified Purchaser from Austin, Texas on 3/28/2011
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Continuous shooting, Face detection software, HDMI or component video output, Hi-resolution display / AMOLED display, Manual focus
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good Battery Life, Great Resolution, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Cons:
No Viewfinder
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

I use the camera to shoot pictures of landscapes and airplanes.

 
:-)
By KVerified Purchaser from Dallas, TX on 1/3/2011
Pros:
Easy to Use, Good Battery Life, Small / Compact
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Macro Photography, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

I'm not a great photographer. I'm just now getting into photography but this camera is very easy to use so far and takes great photos :-)

 
Not user freindley at all.
By Bud GozaVerified Purchaser from Orange Park Florida on 12/29/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Interchangeable lenses, Not user freindly
What do you do with your digital images?:
Save to disk
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
3
Ease of Operation:
3
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
3
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
3
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
3
Overall Experience:
2
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will not
Pros:
Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Cons:
Complicated Controls, Not user freindly
Best Uses:
Not user freindly, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

[...] the Camara is not user freindly

 
Beautiful Pictures
By SA TomVerified Purchaser from San Antonio, TX on 10/25/2010
Which of the following features do you use on your digital camera?:
Fast Auto focus, HD Video recording, Image stabilization, Interchangeable lenses, Low-light shooting, Night shooting mode, Programmed scene shooting modes
What do you do with your digital images?:
Create photo albums, mugs, t-shirts using online photo sites, Display on television, Email to friends and family, Print using a home printer, Save to disk, Upload to online photo sharing sites, Use in personal blogs, web sites, and social media sites
Picture Quality (e.g. clarity, sharpness, color):
10
Ease of Operation:
9
Shutter Speed/Lag Time:
8
Variety of features (e.g. zoom, image stabilization, low light):
10
Durability/reliability (e.g. damage resistance, battery life and sturdiness):
9
Overall Experience:
9
How likely are you to recommend your digital camera to your friends, family, co-workers, etc.:
Definitely will
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact
Cons:
No Viewfinder
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Travel, Video
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

I have used the NEX-5 on two trips to Europe and got some really beautiful pictures and videos. The small size was a big help in travelling.

 
Is good for photos but not good for vide
By KarenVerified Purchaser from Boston, MA on 10/12/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Small / Compact
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
Yes
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

The camera was pretty good.

 
Small camera packed with performance
By BrockstarVerified Purchaser from Chicago, Illinois on 9/29/2010
Pros:
Awesome low light, Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact
Cons:
Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

I am really enjoying my new Nex-5 camera. I am new to the world of Digital Photography. I like how with a touch of a button you can enable a feature called "shooting tips" this guide helps you capture the perfect picture. I enjoy taking nature shots, night shots, and sport action shots. I am amazed by the low light feature that allows you to take awesome pictures and night. Once I capture my pictures I easily download them to my computer and work with the software that was supplied with the camera so I can crop and send my pictures to social networks with ease. I have no complaints other than the battery life is short, I will buy an extra one to have on hand. I love the size and the quality of the camera.

 
Best EVIL camera out there
By PPVerified Purchaser from New York City on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Video
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

Small, light and yet delivering very high image quality. I'm truly enjoying this camera a lot.

 
Fairly easy to Use
By Momma CVerified Purchaser from Denver, CO on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Small / Compact
Cons:
Lag / Shutter Delay, No Viewfinder
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

One of the things that I don't like is if you set something wrong it is so hard to figure out what you did to get it back to where it needs to be. The picture playback is not very user friendly. Other than that I really like it and my pictures come out very clear.

 
Great Camera
By KulyVerified Purchaser from Queens NY on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact
Cons:
Poor Flash, Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Travel, Weddings/Events
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

Overall great camera.

 
Sony's NEX-5 is Amazing Technology
By KentVerified Purchaser from Lawrenceburg, IN on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Built in Hints Pointers, Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Image Stitching, Large Clear LCD, Panorama Shots, RAW Format Available, Short Lag Time
Cons:
Viewfinder an Accessory
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, OutdoorsLow LightNight, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

I found the NEX-5 to be easy to use and extremely capable for such a small device. It looks like it is all lens! There are many features and functions available and manual settings can be used as well. Shutter lag time is almost nil and the ability to control focus and depth of field certainly differentiates this camera from a point and shoot.

Memory card usage is flexible between versions of SD and Memory Stick. Throw a 16GB SD chip in there and you're good to go for a long time with stills or video.

I look forward to adding additional lenses when they become available as well as some other accessories.

 
Very good in low light conditions...but
By DzonkaVerified Purchaser from San Francisco, CA on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light
Cons:
Lag / Shutter Delay, Limited Zoom, No Viewfinder, Poor Flash, Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Indoors/Low Light
Describe Yourself:
Pro Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

The viewfinder is very hard to see in strong light but superb in low light,so if you buy it, and use it for low light conditions you will be pleased.
The short life of the battery can be a problem if you are not aware of the % you have left before a shoot, because it will just stop.
You absolutely should protect the screen with a plastic cover like those you can buy for the iphone. In that way it cannot get damaged in a bag and is easily cleaned of fingerprints

 
love this camera
By saziVerified Purchaser from Brooklyn, NY on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
Cons:
Limited Zoom
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

Love this camera. It's easy to use and intuitive. I shoot regularly in very dark light with no flash and get great results.. love it.

 
Dynamite comes in small packages
By JORSIE40Verified Purchaser from DENVER, CO on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Great Zoom, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact
Cons:
No Viewfinder
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Travel, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

IT'S SIZE

 
Great Travel Camera
By Camera geekVerified Purchaser from Michigan on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Good in Low Light, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Short Lag Time, Small / Compact
Cons:
Limited Zoom, No Viewfinder
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Travel, Video
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

Great travel camera, image quality is outstanding for its size. Standard zoom could be a bit longer, maybe 18-80mm. Video quality is very good, can't wait for firmware V3 to get custom buttons reassigned. Once I get quicker access to ISO and WB I'll be a happy camper.
Low light modes and HDR are great features, battery life is good since firmware V2. An optional EVF and brighter standard primes like a 35mm f/1.8 would be nice to have.
Possibility to use any old manual lens via adapter is great, NEX is really a universal platform.
I would like the option to have wireless control with my Sony flashes, the little flash that comes with it is only OK as fill flash. Also I did not like that no rear lens cap nor body cap are included.

 
Great travel and special events camera!
By Nex-5 OwnerVerified Purchaser from Pomona, CA on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good in Low Light, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact
Cons:
Limited Lens Selection, Short Battery Life, Unconvenient menu
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

Great travel camera and daily family use camera. Bought it for an East Coast vacation and took over 3000 pictures with it. Nice if you wear baggy cargo shorts as I carried it (even with the 18-55mm lens) everywhere with it in the cargo pocket. Otherwise, I would just use a wrist strap as we walked from place to place. Owned a regular Pentax DSLR and hated taking it to events as it seemed really obnoxious and I felt self conscious as a tourist. Good pictures, the lcd screen is a mini HDTV, and when turned on to the full brightness, you can easily manually focus the lens in bright sunlight. Great low-light pictures (useable high ISO pictures), especially without a flash. Cool features such as built-in HDR, panoramic picture taking, easily accessed hi-def 1080 video.

Good for someone who wants to upgrade from a point and shoot camera and wants to get into photography a little more seriously. Most of the features of a regular DSLR are there e.g. bracketing, manual focus, high ISO capacity, burst shooting etc but it can be a little inconvenient to navigate the menus to get the right settings ready to go. There were a few instances where I didn't have the right setting ready to go and it might have a taken a few seconds more to get it right. However, they are there for you to play around with it.

The battery life can be an issue only if you shoot more than 300 pictures a day on vacation. Just make sure you charge it every night.

In conclusion, even though it is not a perfect camera, I find that I or my wife don't mind taking this camera everywhere unlike my bulky DSLR and I have taken way more DSLR quality pictures than I have ever before.

 
Happy Sony NEX-5...recommended
By VitteeVerified Purchaser from Arvada, CO on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Large Clear LCD, Small / Compact
Cons:
No Viewfinder, Short Battery Life
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel
Describe Yourself:
Casual Photographer
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

I bought this camera for a trip to Africa. It served me well. With heavy usage (300+ pics) I could drain the battery in one day. The menu system takes a little getting use to. Some times the camera focused on something in the foreground and not the subject I was interested in. Great LCD. I wish the 18-200 lens was available when I bought it.

 
Sony alpha NEX-5 Camera
By AtominnieVerified Purchaser from Los Angeles, CA on 9/28/2010
Pros:
Easy To Use, Good Image Quality, Good Image Stabilization, Large Clear LCD, Nice Body Color, Small / Compact
Cons:
Limited Zoom
Best Uses:
Family Photos, Indoors/Low Light, Landscape/Scenery, Sports/Action, Travel, Video, Weddings/Events, Wildlife photos
Describe Yourself:
Photo Enthusiast
Was this a gift?:
No
Bottom Line:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

Comments about Sony Sony alpha NEX-5 Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera w/18-55mm Zoom Lens (Black):

I love this camera! It's sleep and very compact.I've been wanting to own a digital SLR forever, and tried Canon and others, but as me being a girl, all SLR cameras were too heavy. This one is light, and easy to carry, just like regular digital cameras.Also, this camera features automatic everything! So even you are beginner for SLR cameras, you can take great photos!

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