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Overview of the Alpha NEX-5
As a photography enthusiast, I've always been on the lookout for a camera that can deliver excellent image quality and versatility while remaining portable and lightweight. The Sony Alpha NEX-5 is one such camera that caught my attention. Its compact and sleek design, coupled with advanced features and technology, make it an attractive option for anyone looking for a powerful camera that can fit in their pocket. The Sony Alpha NEX-5 is a mirrorless camera that boasts a 14.2-megapixel sensor, interchangeable lenses, high-speed autofocus, and full HD video recording. With these features, you can capture stunning photos and videos with impressive detail and clarity. In this review, we'll explore the different aspects of the Sony Alpha NEX-5, including its design, performance, features, and overall user experience. Whether you're a professional photographer or a beginner, this review will provide you with valuable insights into the Sony Alpha NEX-5 and help you decide if it's the right camera for you. So, without further ado, let's dive into the world of the Sony Alpha NEX-5!
Sony Alpha NEX-5 Pros and Cons
Now, we will look more closely at our review of the Sony Alpha NEX-5 camera. We will see what it can do and compare it to other cameras like it. We will tell you what's good about it and what's not so good. This way, you'll know if it's the camera for you!
Build and Construction
Body and dimensions
Sony Alpha NEX-5
|Dimensions||111 x 59 x 38mm|
The Sony Alpha NEX-5 is not sealed against water and dust, so it's important to be careful when using it in such conditions. If you often shoot in environments with water or dust, it's recommended to check out another camera with weather sealing.
Design and Handling
Main design features
|Screen Resolution||920k dots|
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
This camera has a tilting 3.00" screen, with a display resolution of 920k dots. This makes the Sony Alpha NEX-5 not as suitable for those looking for a vlogging camera as you cannot view yourself while shooting selfies easily. Unfortunately, the camera does not have a touch screen, which may make it less user-friendly.
Sony Alpha NEX-5 does not include a viewfinder. The lack of a viewfinder on the Alpha NEX-5 camera may make it less suitable for outdoor photography in bright conditions.
Sony Alpha NEX-5 has a 14MP sized CMOS sensor. You can shoot at maximum resolution of 14 pixels. Sony Alpha NEX-5 has a native ISO range of 200 - 12800 which can be boosted to null - null. It can also save files in RAW format which gives you a wider room for post processing.
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200 - 12800
|Extended ISO||null - null|
|Max resolution||4592 x 3056 pixels|
DXO Sensor Scores
69 / 102
22.2 / 26.5
12.2 / 14.8
Low Light ISO
796 / 4505
DXO mark sensor scores
The DXOmark rankings indicate that the Sony Alpha NEX-5 camera has above average color depth performance, which refers to the number of colors the sensor can distinguish. Additionally, its dynamic range is also above average, allowing it to retain low amounts of details in both bright and dark areas of a scene. The camera's low light ISO performance is poor, which is an important factor to consider if you plan to use it in dimly lit indoor environments or at night. Overall the image quality of the Alpha NEX-5 is average
Camera crop factor (or focal length multiplier) refers to how a camera's sensor size affects the apparent field of view of a lens. Crop factor is determined by comparing the size of a camera's sensor to that of a full-frame sensor, which is a standard reference size for camera sensors.
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Full frame equivalent
This camera: APS-C
Connectivity, storage, battery
|Storage||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|Battery Life||330 shots|
The Sony Alpha NEX-5 supports SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo with 1 slots for storage. This may suffice for everyday use. However, for professional applications such as wedding photography, it is not recommended as a memory card malfunction could lead to the loss of all footage.
The Sony Alpha NEX-5 uses the NPFW50 model of battery pack. This is rated for 330 shots shots which is high. If you intend to take photos or record videos for an extended period, it might be a good idea to bring along additional batteries.
The Sony Alpha NEX-5 does not have a built-in flash, but it does offer a flash shoe that allows you to attach external flashes. This provides more versatility in your lighting choices.
The Sony Alpha NEX-5 boasts a maximum mechanical shutter speed of 1/4000s, which is ideal for shooting fast-moving subjects in bright environments, such as in sports photography. Faster shutter speeds enable you to freeze the action and capture every detail, making it easier to get the perfect shot.
With a continuous mechanical shutter speed of n/a or an electronic shutter speed of n/a, this camera is not capable of capturing the perfect moment more easily, making it not as suited for wedding, sports, and wildlife photography. Higher shutter speeds make it easier to capture fast-paced action, ensuring that you never miss the perfect shot.
The Sony Alpha NEX-5 includes contrast detection autofocus (AF), with 25 number of focus points.
While contrast detection is generally more accurate and precise, phase detection autofocus is faster and more effective in most situations, particularly when photographing moving subjects.
Phase detection autofocus works by dividing the incoming light into pairs and then analyzing how they intersect on the camera's sensor. This method allows the camera to determine not only if a subject is in focus but also the direction and distance needed to adjust the focus to achieve perfect sharpness.
On the other hand, contrast detection autofocus works by analyzing the contrast of an image and adjusting the focus until the highest contrast is detected. While this method is very accurate, it can be slow, especially in low light conditions or when photographing moving subjects.
The Sony Alpha NEX-5 features a CMOS sensor
No the Alpha NEX-5 does not have weather sealing.
The Sony Alpha NEX-5 was announced on Jun 07 2010
No the Alpha NEX-5 does not have in-body image stabilization that can compensate for camera shake, making it easier to shoot handheld in low light conditions.
The Alpha NEX-5 has a native ISO range of 200-12800, which can be expanded to ISO null-null for even greater sensitivity in low light conditions.