Alpha NEX-5R Camera Body

Alpha NEX-5R Camera Body

Alpha NEX-5R Camera Body
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. Alpha NEX-5R Camera Body

Features

16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor

16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor

The 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 AF

Sony’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
Fast Hybrid AF
Full HD Movies1 at 60p/60i/24p

Full HD Movies1 at 60p/60i/24p

Capture 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® Sharing

Wi-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
Wi-Fi<sup>®</sup> Sharing
Alpha NEX-5R Camera Body

PlayMemories Camera Apps

Supports 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 LCD

The 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.
180-degree tilt-able 3.0” Touch LCD
Control Dial

Control Dial

Control dial, Fn (function) button and touch screen (including touch shutter function) greatly facilitate operation and getting the shot that much easier.

Picture Effect mode

There 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.
Picture Effect mode

6-image layering

The 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<sup>®</sup> E-mount lenses

Accepts Sony® E-mount lenses

Compatible 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 interface

The 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.
Photo Creativity Touch interface
Auto Portrait Framing

Auto Portrait Framing

Simply 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 Zoom

Utilizing 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.
Clear Image Zoom

Convenient USB charging

Easily 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 terminal

Multi-interface Smart Accessory 2 terminal greatly expands the connectivity options such as external flash units

Auto HDR built into camera

High 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 Technology

Capture 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 Focus

Some 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 display

Peaking AF display

The 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 Assist

Greatly magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring, making it easy to get razor-sharp images. Works with E-mount lenses only.

Specifications

Camera
Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount lenses
Camera Type Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Lens Mount Type Sony E-mount
Imaging Sensor
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
Recording
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
Video Mode AVCHD:
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
MP4:
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)
Optics/Lens
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 Display
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 Control
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))
Exposure System
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
ISO 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
Drive System
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)
Shutter Speeds 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
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.
Convenience Features
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
Advanced Features
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)
Shooting Tips Yes
Sweep Panorama Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical (Wide/Standard)
Interface
HD Output HDMI® (TypeC mini), BRAVIA Sync, Photo TV HD
PhotoTV HD Yes
Weights and Measurements
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)
Power
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))
Software
Operating System Compatibility Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (v10.3-10.8)
Auto Portrait Framing
Still images Yes
Focus system
AF micro adjustment Yes, with FDA-EV1S and LA-EA2 (sold separately)
Lens compensation
Lens compensation Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion
Other Features
Help guide Yes
Other Features
Area Setting Yes
Clock Function,Setting Yes
Eye-Fi ready Yes
Shop Front Mode Yes
Shutter
Electronic Front Curtain Shutter Yes (On/Off)
Wi-Fi
PlayMemories Camera Apps Yes
Send to Computer Yes
View on Smartphone Yes
View on TV Yes

What's in the Box

  • Flash and flash case
  • NP-FW50 rechargeable battery
  • AC-UB10 AC adaptor
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap
  • Micro USB cable
  • CD-ROM

CNET Editors' Rating
3.5 out of 5 stars.

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.

The overall rating is 7.8 out of 10.
  • Design rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Features rating is 7.0 out of 10.
  • Performance rating is 8.0 out of 10.
  • Image quality rating is 8.0 out of 10.