|Shoot and share DSLR-quality photos online, straight from the camera. With built-in Wi-Fi®, the NEX-5R even lets you download camera apps for endless creative possibilities.11 And the 16.1MP APS-C size sensor delivers breathtaking stills with pro-grade defocused backgrounds. All this and more in a camera that’s about half the size of a DSLR.|
16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensorThe same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized α DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, APS-C sensor size makes the difference between “snapshots” and “photographs,” delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
Fast Hybrid AFSony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF combines two technologies for outstanding performance: Phase detection auto focus for quick response that is ideal when tracking fast-moving subjects and contrast-detection auto focus for added precision. A perfect match that delivers optimal Auto Focus for fast, precise focusing in any scene
Full HD Movies1 at 60p/60i/24pCapture HD Movies in your choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution.1 AVCHD™ codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.
Wi-Fi® SharingWi-Fi® capability – a first for Alpha-series – lets users transfer photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile™ app. Wi-Fi capability allows for sharing, viewing and saving photos for expanded photo-shooting enjoyment. Photos can be easily transferred to smartphones and tablets, viewed on large screen TVs or saved to PC’s.11
PlayMemories Camera AppsSupports PlayMemories Camera Apps, the world’s first application download service that lets users install new camera functions as needed.11
180-degree tilt-able 3.0” Touch LCDThe NEX-5R is equipped with a tilt-able LCD screen that flips up 180-degrees without sacrificing the compactness for which the 5-series is renowned for. This makes taking great self-portraits incredibly easy since users can precisely compose shots, choosing to include people or objects in the frame for more satisfying results.
Control DialControl dial, Fn (function) button and touch screen (including touch shutter function) greatly facilitate operation and getting the shot that much easier.
Picture Effect modeThere are 7 types (11 variations) of picture effects to choose from: Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color(R), Partial Color(G), Partial Color(B), Partial Color(Y), High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera. Each is unique and each give you a new and exciting way to make your images and videos pop.
6-image layeringThe camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. The camera then combines the data from the 6 different images up to ISO 25600 to create a single image. This method is used to control blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode or to get cleaner, sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.
Accepts Sony® E-mount lensesCompatible with Sony’s wide selection of E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for α NEX compact interchangeable lens cameras. Open up a world of endless creative options.
Photo Creativity Touch interfaceThe Photo Creativity touch interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without the complicated settings. Changes can be easily made using the control dial with results seen in real time on the LCD. Settings include; Background Defocus, Brightness, Color, Vividness and most Picture Effects.
Auto Portrait FramingSimply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.
Clear Image ZoomUtilizing Sony’s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you’re using providing greater shooting flexibility.
Convenient USB chargingEasily recharge the camera via USB charging. Simply connect the bundled USB cable and recharge the battery without removing it from the camera, either via AC outlet or PC connection.
Multi-interface terminalMulti-interface Smart Accessory 2 terminal greatly expands the connectivity options such as external flash units
Auto HDR built into cameraHigh 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. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)
Sweep Panorama™ TechnologyCapture 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 (18mm focal length).
Fast Auto FocusSome 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 as little as 0.3 seconds and also offers continuous Auto Focus when shooting movies.
Peaking AF displayThe Peaking AF display makes precise manual focusing much easier by highlighting the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focal plane can make or break your shot.
Manual Focus AssistGreatly magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring, making it easy to get razor-sharp images. Works with E-mount lenses only.
|Lens Compatibility||Sony E-mount lenses|
|Camera Type||Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera|
|Lens Mount Type||Sony E-mount|
|Imaging Sensor||Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)|
|Anti Dust||Charge protection coating on Optical Filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism|
|Pixel Gross||Approx. 16.7 megapixels|
|Effective Picture Resolution||Approx. 16.1 megapixels|
|Focal Length Conversion Factor||1.5x|
|Color Filter System||RGB primary color filters|
|Media Type||Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card|
|Color Space||sRGB, AdobeRGB|
|Still Image Mode||JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG|
|Still Image Size 16:9||L: 4912 x 2760 (14M), M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M), S: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)|
|Still Image Size 3:2||L: 4912 x 3264 (16M),M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M),S: 2448 x 1624 (4M)|
|Panorama Still Image Size||
Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M),
Vertical : 5,536 x 2,160 (12M),
Horizontal Std: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M),
Vertical Std: 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
|Video Format||AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive), AVCHD, MP4|
PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30fps@12Mbps
VGA - 640 x 480/ 30fps@3Mbps
|Audio Format||Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch|
|Microphone/Speaker||Built-in stereo microphones or ECM-SST1 (sold separately) / Built-in, monaural speaker (volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7)|
|Still Image File Format||JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)|
|Lens Mount Type||Sony E-mount lenses|
|Digital Zoom||Approx. 4x (still images and movie)|
|Smart Zoom® Technology||M: approx. 1.4x, S:approx. 2x|
|LCD Type||7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT (921,600 dots)|
|Angle Adjustment||Up: Approx. 180 degrees, Down: Approx. 50 degrees|
|Brightness Control||Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode|
|Real-time image adjustment display||On/Off|
|Peaking||Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)|
|Customization||Graphic display/Display all info/Big font size display/No display info/Levels/Histogram/Viewfinder|
|Touch Panel||Yes (Touch Shutter)|
|Focus System||Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF) with "Exmor" APS HD CMOS sensor|
|Focus Points||99 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)|
|AF Modes||AF-S: Single-shot AF, AF-C: Continuous AF|
|Focus Area||Multi Point (99 points(phase-detection AF), 25 points(contrast-AF)), Center-weighted, Flexible Spot|
|Focus Sensitivity||0 EV to +20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens attached)|
|Manual Focus Assist||Yes MF assist (4.8x, 9.6x)|
|Focus Features||Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-Start AF (with FDA-EV1S and LA-EA2(Sold separately))|
|AF Illuminator||Built-in, LED type (with a range of approx. 0.3-3.0m (with E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS attached))|
|Picture Effect(s)||11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature|
|Auto Exposure Lock||AE is locked when the shutter button is half pressed (ON/OFF is available in MENU)|
|Creative Style||Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))|
|Exposure Bracketing||With 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, 3EV increments, 3 frames|
|Exposure Compensation||Still images: +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps), Movies: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)|
|Exposure Settings||iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection|
Still images: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-25600)
Movies: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-6400)
|Metering||1200-zone evaluative metering|
|Metering Modes||Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Metering Sensitivity||0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens)|
|Noise Reduction||Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)|
|Scene Mode(s)||Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur|
|White Balance Mode||Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem (2500 to 9900K), C.Filter (G7 to M7,A7 to B7), Custom|
|Burst Buffer||Fine: 15 frames, Standard: 16 frames, RAW:11 frames, RAW&JPG: 10 frames (with E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||Continuous (up to 3 fps), Speed Priority (up to 10 fps)|
|Drive Mode||Single-shot, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority continuous shooting, Self-timer, Bracketing, Remote Cdr|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/160s|
|Self-timer||2s or 10s delay (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)|
Still images: 1/4000 to 30s (Bulb).
Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter)
|Shutter Type||Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type|
|Flash Compensation||+/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)|
|Flash Coverage||FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)|
|Flash Metering System||Pre-flash TTL|
|Flash Modes||Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Rear Sync., Flash Off|
|Flash Type||External flash (supplied) attachable to Smart Accessory Terminal "Smart Terminal II" (sold separately)|
|Guide Number||7 (in meters at ISO 100 equivalent)|
|Recycling Time||Approx. 4 sec.|
|Self Timer||Yes (3 sec delay/Off selectable)|
|Still Image Playback Options||Single, 6/12-frame index view, Enlarged display mode, Panorama (Standard), Panorama (Wide): 34x), Auto Review, Image orientation, Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection, Delete, Protect|
|Video Playback Options||Forward/Rewind|
|Face Detection||On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off, Face Selection (maximum 8 detectables)|
|Smile Shutter™ technology||Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)|
|Tracking Focus||Yes (object tracking)|
|Auto High Dynamic Range||Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)|
|Sweep Panorama||Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical (Wide/Standard)|
|HD Output||HDMI® (TypeC mini), BRAVIA Sync, Photo TV HD|
|Dimensions (Approx.)||Approx. 4 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 1 9/16" (110.8 x 58.8 x 38.9mm) (WxHxD)|
|Weight (Approx.)||Approx. 7.7 oz (218g) (excl battery & media) Approx. 9.7 oz (276g) (w/battery & media)|
|Battery Type||InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)|
|Number of Still Images||Approx. 330 images (CIPA standard)|
|Power Consumption (in Operation)||Still images:approx. 2.7W(w/ SEL-1855mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies:approx4.0W(w/ E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached))|
|Operating System Compatibility||Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (v10.3-10.8)|
|AF micro adjustment||Yes, with FDA-EV1S and LA-EA2 (sold separately)|
|Lens compensation||Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion|
|Shop Front Mode||Yes|
|Electronic Front Curtain Shutter||Yes (On/Off)|
|PlayMemories Camera Apps||Yes|
|Send to Computer||Yes|
|View on Smartphone||Yes|
|View on TV||Yes|
The good Sony Alpha NEX-5R delivers excellent photo quality, even in dimmer light, and provides more physical controls than some of its predecessors for a more streamlined shooting design.
The bad The wireless connectivity and apps "ecosystem" implementations are far less than this camera deserves.
The bottom line It's a great camera choice for high-quality stills and a streamlined shooting design under $800, but the Sony Alpha NEX-5R falls short when it comes to sharing your shots online.