Sony Alpha NEX-5R Review

Overall Score

60

Main Features

  • 16 MP APS-C CMOS Sensor
  • 100 - 25600 ISO
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • Electronic (optional) Viewfinder
  • 10 fps continuous shooting
  • 1920 x 1080 video resolution
  • Built-In Wireless
  • 111 x 59 x 39 mm, 276g.
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  • Replaced: Alpha NEX-5N
  • Replaced by: Alpha NEX-5T

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Sony Alpha NEX-5R Overview


First introduced in August, 2012, Sony Alpha NEX-5R is a 16 MP Mirrorless with a APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sized CMOS sensor. Sony replaced the older Sony NEX-5N with Alpha NEX-5R. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sony NEX-5R with Sony NEX-5N

Sony replaced Alpha NEX-5R with Sony NEX-5T. Follow the link to read our detailed comparison of these models:

Compare Sony NEX-5R with Sony NEX-5T


Sony NEX-5R comes with a 23.4 x 15.6 mm CMOS sensor, which has a diagonal of 28.12 mm (1.1").

- Full Frame
- Sony Alpha NEX-5R

Sensor resolution of Sony NEX-5R ~ 4898 x 3265 pixels.

Sony NEX-5R has Crop Factor: 1.54

The sensor has a surface area of 365.0 mm².

There are approximate 15,991,970 photosites (pixels) on this area.

Sony NEX-5R Series History
Model Year $ Sensor ISO Weight Dimensions
Sony Alpha NEX-5T Sony NEX-5T 2013 16MP 100 - 25600 276g 111 x 59 x 39mm
Sony Alpha NEX-6 Sony NEX-6 2013 16MP 100 - 25600 345g 120 x 67 x 43mm
Sony Alpha NEX-3N Sony NEX-3N 2013 16MP 200 - 16000 269g 110 x 62 x 35mm
Sony Alpha NEX-5R Sony NEX-5R 2012 16MP 100 - 25600 276g 111 x 59 x 39mm
Sony Alpha NEX-F3 Sony NEX-F3 2012 16MP 200 - 16000 314g 117 x 67 x 42mm

Proc and Cons of Sony NEX-5R


Get to know this camera closer. Let's look at the features and characteristics of this model. Compare Sony Alpha NEX-5R with competitors in entry-level mirrorless cameras.

Pros
Built-in Wireless
Touch Screen
RAW Support
920k dots Screen Resolution
1/4000s Max Shutter Speed
Manual Exposure Mode
99 Focus Points
Flash Sync Port
Tilting Screen
External Flash
25600 Max Native ISO
10.0 fps Continuous Shooting
Manual Focus
276g Light Body
3 AE Bracketing Range
Cons
No Bluetooth
No Image Stabilization
No Environmental Sealing
No Articulating Screen
No AF Face Detection
Low Battery Life: 330 shots
Type Scores

Sony Alpha NEX-5R has an Overall Score of 60/100 and ranked #149 out of 214 in Mirrorless cameras, and ranked #327 out of 1222 in all cameras.

Sony NEX-5R Scores
Imaging score
56
Features score
55
Value for money score
75
Portability score
93
Overall score
60
Average Scores in Entry-Level Mirrorless
Imaging Score
52
Features Score
61
Value For Money Score
76
Portability Score
91
Overall score
63

Physical Dimensions of Sony NEX-5R


Sony Alpha NEX-5R weighs 276g and has external dimensions of 111 x 59 x 39mm (4.37 x 2.32 x 1.54"). Considering that the average weight of Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras is 323g, Sony NEX-5R is 47 grams less than the average weight of cameras in this category. Sony NEX-5R is less by 4mm more than the average length in Entry-Level Mirrorless.

Weight Comparison
Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras


Sony NEX-5R
276g
Average weight
323g
Min weight
180g
Max weight
561g

Thickness Comparison
Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras


Sony NEX-5R
39mm
Average Thickness
40mm
Min Thickness
23mm
Max Thickness
85mm

Here is the front and top view image of Sony Alpha NEX-5R with the dimensions:

Sony Alpha NEX-5R

Size Compared to Major Competitors


Model Weight Alpha NEX-5R Dimensions Alpha NEX-5R
Sony Alpha NEX-5T Sony NEX-5T 276 g 276 g 111 x 59 x 39 mm 111 x 59 x 39 mm
Sony Alpha NEX-5N Sony NEX-5N 269 g 276 g 111 x 59 x 38 mm 111 x 59 x 39 mm
Sony Alpha a6000 Sony A6000 344 g 276 g 120 x 67 x 45 mm 111 x 59 x 39 mm
Sony Alpha a5000 Sony a5000 269 g 276 g 110 x 63 x 36 mm 111 x 59 x 39 mm
Sony Alpha a5100 Sony a5100 283 g 276 g 110 x 63 x 36 mm 111 x 59 x 39 mm
Sony Alpha NEX-6 Sony NEX-6 345 g 276 g 120 x 67 x 43 mm 111 x 59 x 39 mm
Sony Alpha a6300 Sony A6300 404 g 276 g 120 x 67 x 49 mm 111 x 59 x 39 mm
Samsung NX300 Samsung NX300 331 g 276 g 122 x 64 x 41 mm 111 x 59 x 39 mm

Specifications of Sony Alpha NEX-5R


General
Brand Sony
Model Alpha NEX-5R
Announced August, 2012
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Lens
Lens Mount Sony E
Manual Focus
Focal Lens Multiplier 1.5
Number of Lenses 116
Macro Focus Range n/a
Screen
Screen Size 3"
Screen Type Tilting
Screen Resolution 920k pixels
Touch Screen
Live View
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage n/a%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.0
Autofocus
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 99
Number of Cross Focus Points 0
Photography Features
RAW Support
Min Shutter Speed 1/30 sec
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec
Continuous Shooting 10.0 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Exposure Compensation
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization
Built-in Flash
Flash Range no built-in flash
Flash Modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External Flash
AE Bracketing
AE Bracketing Range ±3 EV
WB Bracketing
Sensor
Sensor Size APS-C
Sensor Type CMOS
Sensor Dimensions 23.4 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area 365.0 mm²
Sensor Resolution 16 MP
Max Image Resolution 4912 x 3264
Max Native ISO 25600
Min Native ISO 100
Max Boosted ISO 0
Min Boosted ISO 0
Video Features
4K
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080
Video Formats AVCHD
Timelapse Recording
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Exposure Modes
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
Connectivity
GPS None
Wireless Connectivity Built-In
Bluetooth
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Battery
Battery Life 330 shots
Battery Type Battery Pack
Battery Model NPFW50
Physical
Weight 276 g
Physical Dimensions 111 x 59 x 39 mm
Environmental Sealing
Water Proof
Dust Proof
Shock Proof
Crush Proof
Freeze Proof
Shock Proof
Storage
Storage Type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage Slots 1
Other Features
Self Timer
Selfie Friendly

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