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The Sony NEX-5 is a high definition DSLR camera aimed at photography enthusiasts accustomed to basic point-and-shoot cameras.

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Pros

alpha mount adapter will be available for compatibility with existing alpha lenses

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HDMI output for direct playback of recorded content onto compatible HDTVs and displays

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capable of recording video in 720p, 1080i high definition (1080i mode is not available on the lower end NEX3)

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mount is 100% electronic - thinner and smaller body / lens at the expense of a more expensive adapter

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extremely user friendly - help guide for each option built directly into the menu system

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slimmer and sleeker than the NEX3

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comes with a small external flashgun (no internal flash)

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shoots video in a higher 1080i mode (NEX3 is limited to 720p)

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capable of recording images in the lossless RAW format

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smaller and thinner than the other mirror-less compact DSLR cameras from other companies such as Panasonic, Samsung and Olympus

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Sony's first response to the Micro Four Thirds system and the overall miniaturization trend

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high resolution 3.0" display (921k dot)

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sleek build quality - smaller and thinner than the NEX3, constructed of a nicer material (magnesium alloy)

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beautiful build quality - improved over the NEX3, the NEX5 features a magnesium alloy enclosure

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new E-mount interchangeable lens system

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screen can be hinged upwards or downwards to take images at awkward angles

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Cons

designed more for casual users who will leave it on iAuto mode - not worth the price for those interested in a fully functional mirrorless dSLR

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image stabilization is provided by the lenses - overall larger cost to the consumer who wants to acquire more lenses, not all lenses provide

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features the same sensor and internal components as the less expensive NEX3

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features the same sensor and internal components as the less expensive NEX-3

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not 1080p, max 1080i

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cannot record video in full 1080p

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designed more for casual users who will leave it on iAuto mode - not worth the cost of a full micro four thirds camera

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The Sony NEX-5 is a high definition DSLR camera aimed at photography enthusiasts accustomed to basic point-and-shoot cameras. This is similar to the NEX-3, but features AVCHD 1080i video. Set in a very compact body, it comes with a 16mm f2.8 lens. Other interchangeable Sony lenses are available as well.

It is also capable of capturing 3D stereoscopic panoramic images after a firmware upgrade. The sensor captures images at 14.2 megapixels, and writes to either Memory Stick or SDXC media. The 2.95 inch LCD is also adjustable, allowing you to tilt it if you need to hold the camera at an odd angle.

Features
  • Ultra-compact DSLR
  • Interchangeable lenses
  • 14.2 megapixel sensor
  • Memory Stick and SDXC media support
  • AVCHD 1080i video
  • Adjustable 2.95-inch LCD
  • Stereoscopic 3D sweep panoramas 
  • 16mm f2.8 lens included
Model Variations
  • Sony NEX-5 with 18-55mm Lens - MSRP $699.99
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