Sony NEX 5 Digital Camera

In the world of computers and even high-tech in the broadest sense, it
is common for products from the same range of specific common resume.
This applies to the Sony NEX 3 and NEX 5, two digital cameras with a few
individuals that are called compact optical interchangeable. The
promise of these devices: provide performance close to SLR without the
size and ease of use with a confusing, according to Sony during our
interview. The other very attractive feature of these devices is the
possibility of changing objectives. Both devices offer all this and Sony
does, in fact, really stand by their case and their video mode. If we
were frankly impressed by the quality of 720p video in NEX 3, we still
wanted to assess the performance of NEX 5 films in full HD.

Note first that this test of NEX 5, using the same basis as its little
brother, we will not review the quality of photos or even the ergonomics
of the user interface. We invite you instead to read the test of NEX 3 to learn more about the strengths and
weaknesses of these devices. Let’s review, however, the finish which
differs indeed on NEX-5.


While the NEX 3 was already very good impression with its quality of
finish and compact polycarbonate, the NEX 5 raises the bar a little
higher. In addition to the quality of its magnesium casing, the NEX 5
offers grip even more enjoyable with a few more prominent. The grip is
firmer and the camera seems, in fact, better balanced.

A very good video

Video quality has really nothing to envy to the rendering of pictures.
Not only the image is excellent, but the sound is also very satisfying.
One would expect, given that the two microphones (stereo quality
assured) are located on top of the unit and not the front. Little
caution, however, when shooting, it must handle with delicacy not hear
too much noise friction. Filming in 1920 x 1080 pixels, AVCHD, with a
rate over 17 Mbps, the video quality goes amazingly excellent record
obtained when testing the camcorder HDR-CX305.

However, the NEX 5 remains well back from it. It does not have as good
optical stabilization and, more regrettably, the focus is capricious.
For a given quasi-optimal, it is preferable to force the central
focusing, fortunately, the quality of the screen to judge immediately
whether the plans are unclear.

Panorama: 3D is finally available

A promise kept! As Sony announced last May, the NEX 3 and NEX 5 received
1 July 2010 to update their firmware (the famous firmware V02). First
good news, it is unnecessary to be techie to turn his camera up to date.
All goes well through a step-by-step clear enough. Big regret all the
same, the update is done from Windows compatible software only. Anyway, a
few minutes to unlock this new camera mode. Again, several modes are
available: small panorama, panorama normal or wide.

As a classical view, the views raised are as easy: you press the trigger
and scan the horizon from left to right or vice versa. The record is
then visible on the screen 120Hz 3D compatible, like Sony KDL 40-HX800.

Without TV Sony 3D is available in the test, we could not judge the
quality of these 3D views as a solution Vision 3D Surround, currently
being tested in our laboratory. First warning for now Nvidia does not
have a graphics driver to operate the 3D images (format .MPO) of Sony
NEX-5. You must perform a conversion to JPS, the format compatible with
3D Vision, to see the 3D almost. Indeed, we can not say that the views
are as convincing as 3D movies or 3D games. And if there’s a touch of
relief, it is found mainly on the characters and objects actually in the
foreground. If these subjects are well off, the impression of
perspective is not to go. In addition, it will make several attempts to
get a panoramic 3D well built. Indeed, in this mode, it is especially
important to take good travel speed so that the device has then not too
difficult to make connections on the flurry of photos taken. The
panorama mode is reserved for 3D scenes rather neutral, as all
characters, cars or other moving subjects leave a blur – which
translates into a kind of sparkle – very unpleasant. The first
impression is very mixed too. We will certainly return to this point
where Nvidia has made available its 3D drivers compatible with Sony.


  • Slim, light, compact
    design – DSLR picture quality without the size and weight: small enough
    to carry with you everywhere
  • 14.2 megapixels Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor – Large (APS-C size) image
    sensor captures very high resolution, low noise images with the quality
    of a DSLR camera: also supports HD video shooting
  • E-mount interchangeable lens system – Choose the perfect lens to
    suit shooting conditions, just like a DSLR. Optional converter for
    A-mount DSLR lenses
  • 1080i HD movie – One-touch movie record captures crisp,
    detail-packed AVCHD video clips and stereo sound for enjoying on
    connected BRAVIA TV
  • Sweep Panorama with 3D – Capture extra-wide images and view in 3D
    on compatible TV (3D requires firmware update July 2010).
  • High speed burst shooting – Capture fast-moving action with rapid
    burst shooting up to 7 frames per second (fixed AF)
  • 7.5cm/3" tilt-angle TruBlack LCD – Photo-quality (921k dot) screen
    with TruBlack technology for bright, extremely high contrast image
  • Intuitive user interface – Simple control adjustments with jog dial
    and soft keys, plus on-screen user guide and shooting tips
  • Intelligent AUTO – Automatically recognizes common shooting
    situations, and adjusts camera settings for beautiful results
  • Background Defocus Control – Just turn the jog dial to adjust depth
    of focus and see beautiful blur effects previewed on screen
  • SteadyShot – Enjoy in-lens optical image stabilization during
    hand-held shooting (with compatible lenses)
  • Auto HDR – Automatically shoots and combines three images at
    different exposure settings to capture extreme shadow and highlight
  • Handheld Twilight mode – Automatically combines high-speed burst of
    six frames to create single low-noise image in low-light conditions
  • 10x Precision Digital Zoom – High quality image magnification gets
    you closer to the action
  • High-speed 25 multi-point AF – Intelligent AF automatically
    analysis scene during live view shooting, anticipating auto-focus
    settings before shutter button is pressed for accurate, responsive
  • BIONZ processor – Powerful image processing ensures clear,
    detailed, low-noise images and quick, responsive shooting
  • Face Detection – Automatically adjusts focus, exposure and white
    balance for clearer portraits: priority selectable between children and
  • Smile Shutter – Automatically fires shutter when subject smiles:
    with adjustable smile threshold and priority selectable for
  • 6 selectable Creative Styles – Versatile image finishing options in
    any shooting situation – can be customized for even greater creative
  • D-Range Optimizer – Adjusts exposure and contrast for natural
    results in high-contrast scenes and back-lit portraits
  • Magnesium body – Tough, light, stylish design
  • Dual anti-dust system – Protects sensor from dust particles during
    lens exchange
  • HD output – HDMI output for viewing on HD TV, plus PhotoTV HD mode
    for optimized still image viewing on compatible BRAVIA TV
  • BRAVIA Sync – For easy control of camera playback functions via
    BRAVIA TV’s remote
  • Works with iMovie – Certified by Apple for compatibility with
    iMovie for Mac: import your videos directly into iMovie for editing

Technical Specifications

Lens Mount

  • Sony α mount: NO
  • Sony E mount: YES
  • Compatibility with A-Mount bayonet lenses from Minolta and Konica
    Minolta: YES (with Mount Adaptor, MF only, exclude some lenses)

Lens Compatibility

  • All types of Sony α lenses: YES (with
    Mount Adaptor, MF only, exclude Tele-converter)
  • All types of Sony E lenses: YES
  • Minolta & Konica Minolta α/MAXXUM/DYNAX lenses: YES (with Mount
    Adaptor, MF only, exclude some lenses)

Image Sensory

  • Image sensor type: CMOS sensor
  • Image sensor colour filter: R, G, B, Primary color
  • Size (mm): 23.4 x 15.6mm (APS-C size)


  • Total sensor Pixels (megapixels): Approx. 14.6
  • Effective Pixels (megapixels): Approx. 14.2
  • Automatic White Balance: YES
  • White balance – preset selection: Daylight, Shade, Cloudy,
    Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature
  • White balance – custom setting: YES
  • White balance – types of color temperature: 2500 – 9900 k with
    19-step Magenta/Green compensation
  • White balance bracketing: NO
  • ISO Sensitivity Setting: ISO200 – 12800 equivalent


  • Double anti dust system (anti-static coating and
    sensor shift mechanism): NO
  • Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic
    vibration mechanism: YES

Auto Focus System

  • TTL phase-detection system: NO
  • Contrast AF system: YES
  • Sensor: NO
  • Sensitivity Range (at ISO 100 equivalent); EV: 0 – 20
  • Eye Start AF System (on off selectable): NO
  • AF Area – Wide focus area: NO
  • AF Area – Spot: NO
  • AF Area – Local focus area selection: NO
  • AF Area – Multi Point: YES (25 points)
  • AF Area – Center Weighted: YES
  • AF Area – Flexible Spot: YES
  • AF Modes: Continuous, Single Shot, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
  • Predictive Focus Control: YES
  • Focus Lock: YES
  • AF Illuminator: YES (with built-in LED type)
  • AF Illuminator range (meters): Approx. 0.3m – Approx. 4.0m (E 16mm
    F2.8) Approx. 0.5m – Approx. 3.0m (E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS)

Auto Exposure System

  • Light metering type: 49-segment
    metering by the image sensor
  • Light metering cell: NO
  • Light metering: Multi segment: YES
  • Light metering: Spot: YES
  • Light metering: Center weighted: YES
  • Exposure: Automatic: NO
  • Exposure: Program Auto: YES
  • Exposure – iAUTO: YES
  • Exposure – Shutter priority: YES
  • Exposure – Aperture priority: YES
  • Exposure – Manual: YES
  • Exposure – Scene selection: YES
  • Sweep Panorama: YES
  • Anti Motion Blur: YES
  • AE Lock: NO
  • Exposure compensation: YES (+/-2EV with 1/3EVsteps)
  • AE Bracketing: With 1/3 EV / 2/3 EV increments, 3 frames


  • Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse,
    focal-plane type
  • Shutter Speed Range (seconds): 1/4000 – 30 and bulb
  • Flash Sync Speed; second: 1/160


  • Built-in-Flash Guide Number (in meters at ISO 100): 7
    (connect to Smart accessory terminal)
  • Flash Metering System: Pre-flash TTL
  • Flash Compensation: +/-2.0 EV (1/3 EV steps)
  • Built-in-Flash Recycling Time (approx. time in seconds): 4
  • Flash Mode: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow sync, Rear flash sync.
  • Wireless flash mode: NO
  • Slow Synchronization: YES
  • Red-Eye Reduction: YES
  • Flash Popup: NO
  • Automatic Flash: YES

Live View

  • Type: YES – Contrast AF Live View
  • Other: Exposure compensation, WB, Creative Style

LCD screen

  • Screen Size: 7.5cm(3.0type)
  • Monitor Type: TruBlack LCD
  • LCD Total Dot Number: 921.600
  • LCD on/off: NO
  • Brightness adjustable: YES
  • Tilting screen: YES


  • Drive Mode: Single, Continuous, Speed-priority
    Continuous, 10 seconds and 2 seconds Self-timer, Continuous Self-timer
  • Continuous-Advance Rate (approx. frames per second at maximum): 7
    fps in Speed-priority Continuous mode
  • Number of Continuous Advance: JPEG (L size, Fine): 16/14 images,
    RAW: 7 images, RAW+JPEG: 7 images
  • Recording Media: Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD
    memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
  • Recording Format: JPEG(DCF Ver.2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline)
    compliant, DPOF compatible
  • Image Size L – JPEG (pixels): 4592×3056 (14M)
  • Image Size M (pixels): 3344×2224 (7.4M)
  • Image Size S (pixels): 2288×1520 (3.5M)
  • Panorama size – Max. degrees of sweep angle(focal length 16mm/18mm):
    12,416×1,856(226deg/201deg)/8,192×1,856(149deg/133deg) /
  • Still Image quality: JPEG,RAW(ARW2.1 Format),RAW+JPEG
  • Noise Reduction (Long exp.NR): On/Off, available at shutter speeds
    longer than 1 second
  • Noise Reduction (High ISO NR): YES (Auto/Weak)
  • Delete Function: YES
  • Color Space (sRGB): YES
  • Color Space (Adobe RGB): YES
  • Color mode/DEC/Creative styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait,
    Landscape, Sunset, B/W
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer: Off, Auto, Advanced: Level
  • Date/Time Print: NO


  • Information Display: YES
  • White/Black Out Alert: YES
  • Index Playback: YES (6, 12)
  • Enlarge (Maximum magnification): 13X(L), 10X(M),
    6.7X(S),24X(Panorama STD), 34X(Panorama WIDE)
  • Image Rotation: YES
  • Auto Image Rotation: YES


  • Battery Remaining Indicator: YES
  • InfoLITHIUM Battery Indicator: YES (in %)
  • Histogram Indicator: YES
  • Exif: 2.3
  • Exif Print: YES
  • PictBridge: NO
  • Menu Language: English / French / German / Spanish / Italian /
    Portuguese / Dutch / Russian / Swedish / Danish / Norwegian / Finish /
    Polish / Czech / Hungarian / Greek / Turkish
  • Zone Matching: NO
  • Depth-of-Field Preview: NO
  • PRINT Image Matching III: YES
  • Remote Release Terminal: NO
  • IR Remote Control: YES
  • DPOF(Digital Print Order Format): YES
  • Indicator of remaining memory space (CF): YES
  • Beep Sound: YES
  • File Number Memory: YES
  • Folder Name Mode: YES
  • Operating Temperature (degrees C): 0 – 40


  • Video Out: NO
  • HD/HDMI Out: HDMI mini connector (Type C), BRAVIA Sync (Sync menu),
    PhotoTV HD
  • USB 2.0 Hi-Speed: YES
  • USB Mode: Mass Storage (PC connection)/PTP


  • Battery System: NP-FW50
  • Supplied Battery: NP-FW50
  • Stamina (battery life in CIPA condition): Approx. 330 images
  • Weight (g): Approx. 229


  • Width (mm): 110.8
  • Height (mm): 58.8
  • Depth (mm): 38.2


Like its little brother, the Sony NEX 5 has a compact interchangeable
lens of very good quality. Finishing high level, very simple to use,
very good quality pictures and videos, here is a versatile machine that
will not fail to seduce. NEX 5 has the benefits of improvements over NEX
3 including AVCHD 1080p video mode.


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