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Sony NEX-5 14.2 Megapixel Digital Camera /1080i HD Movie / Sweep Panorama + 16mm Lens £332.99 @ Play.com
Sony NEX-5 14.2 Megapixel Digital Camera /1080i HD Movie / Sweep Panorama + 16mm Lens £332.99 @ Play.com

Sony NEX-5 14.2 Megapixel Digital Camera /1080i HD Movie / Sweep Panorama + 16mm Lens £332.99 @ Play.com

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Stuff: 5/5 Stars - August 2010
What Digital Camera: Gold Award - August 2010
NEX-5: DSLR-style quality and shooting responses
Capture stunning images with DSLR-like picture quality, plus the convenience of interchangeable lenses - all without the size and weight of a DSLR. Compact, beautifully styled and brilliantly easy to use, with amazing features like 3D Sweep Panorama and 1080i HD video shooting

Small and light with DSLR-like picture quality
Simple operation plus sophisticated creative control
Shoot HD movies and amazing Sweep Panoramas
Key Features:
14.2 megapixels Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor
AVCHD Full HD 1920x1080i video shooting
Sweep Panorama
7.5cm/3" tilt-angle TruBlack LCD
Magnesium body

46 Comments

my goodness. I feel like buying another one at this price.
this is one of the most well built, high IQ, small camera ever. Oh yes, and it does superb video ....

I can't recommend the 18-200mm high enough. And the 24mm zeiss and 50mm sony later this will make it the complete system (not to mention the 30mm sigma and who knows what voigtlander and zeiss are dreaming up).

Pick this one up at thie price whilst you can !!!!!

yes she is amazing a bargain

Only problem here is Play.com - it's very hit & miss with them. You might end up waiting weeks & the price can change daily - even after you've placed your order...

Good price for a nice camera. But rrp £559 really? I know that his is not techincally an SLR (translucent mirror and all) but Nikon d5000/d3100 and 550d stomp all over this for image quality at that price level anyways nice spot and Heat added

sony have recently released the rights (or sold) for other manufacturers to produce E mount lenses which should put some awesome competetively priced lenses on the market for these things, 18-200 at £700 is quite a lot to autofocus at higher zoom range

There's also the silver one with the IMHO more useful 18-55 lens for 354.99 - play.com/Ele…tml?searchstring=Sony+NEX&searchtype=allproducts&searchsource=0&searchfilters=s{Sony+NEX}%2b&cpage=1&urlrefer=search

Tyranicus66

Good price for a nice camera. But rrp £559 really? I know that his is not … Good price for a nice camera. But rrp £559 really? I know that his is not techincally an SLR (translucent mirror and all) but Nikon d5000/d3100 and 550d stomp all over this for image quality at that price level anyways nice spot and Heat added



err it's not a translucent mirror and image quality wise the sensor in the NEX is newer (and better) than the one in my sony A500. To put that into perspective the newest sensor in the sony A580 happens to be the same one in the Nikon D7000 and pentax K5

it would not surprise me if the NEX beats the cameras you mention for sensor quality (lens quality might be a different story)
Edited by: "godsakes" 17th Feb 2011

godsakes

err it's not a translucent mirror and image quality wise the sensor in … err it's not a translucent mirror and image quality wise the sensor in the NEX is newer (and better) than the one in my sony A500. To put that into perspective the newest sensor in the sony A580 happens to be the same one in the Nikon D7000 and pentax K5it would not surprise me if the NEX beats the cameras you mention for sensor quality (lens quality might be a different story)



yes the a55 and a33 are the translucent mirror this is just a digital camera with an SLR standard sensor (as far as im aware), the lack of the mirror helps keep it so teenie, no view finder for the stalwarts but there really nice things, if you were going to go for any kit i would reccomend the double lens if it is on offer at play, the pancake lens on its own is like £160 at least, buy the double kit and flog one of the lenses and it will work out cheaper... or jsut keep both cause as you get more into it having the small prime lens is great for (large) pocket sized event shooting and when your out walking etc

It is a lovely camera, but compared to my Eos 1000d The images just dont cut it.

This is an awesome price with this lens, cheapest I've seen was £399.

Field of view is not ideal for a newbie, but it's perfect size for travel.

joeprosho

yes the a55 and a33 are the translucent mirror this is just a digital … yes the a55 and a33 are the translucent mirror this is just a digital camera with an SLR standard sensor (as far as im aware), the lack of the mirror helps keep it so teenie, no view finder for the stalwarts but there really nice things, if you were going to go for any kit i would reccomend the double lens if it is on offer at play, the pancake lens on its own is like £160 at least, buy the double kit and flog one of the lenses and it will work out cheaper... or jsut keep both cause as you get more into it having the small prime lens is great for (large) pocket sized event shooting and when your out walking etc



I stand corrected - being a (very biased) Nikon man i must admit i havent brushed up on my Sony kit recently. Does the NEX range suffer from sensor overheat in video mode? I know its well documented in the a55 + a33. Quite tempted to buy this as a backup to my now aging (but still bloody good), d90

I find these Micro Four Thirds very intriguing. I know the image quality is supposed to be highly impressive, but how good is it compared to a full blown mid range DSLR in the £400 price range? I know they remove the mirror in these to save space, does that not somehow take something away? I dont know the engineering behind these too well so would like to know. I have purchased a S95 recently and hopefully learn the basics of manual digital photography well enough to progress to a DSLR or Micro 4/3 in the future. FWIW this seems like a bargain price for a quality camera (and I'm a Canon man ;)) even if it is a fugly mofo

Thanks for posting the deal, I'd had my eye on one of these for a while as a lighter alternative to my DSLR's... I went with the 18-55mm lens though.

united4eva

I find these Micro Four Thirds very intriguing. I know the image quality … I find these Micro Four Thirds very intriguing. I know the image quality is supposed to be highly impressive, but how good is it compared to a full blown mid range DSLR in the £400 price range?



The Sony NEXs are not Micro Four Thirds: they have a full blown APS sensor, as do nearly all DSLRs sold below £1500. Their sensors are comparable to the ones used in the Nikon D3100 or the Sony Alpha 33. As such they have better or equal sensors than almost any Nikon or Sony APS DSLR sold to date (this includes the Nikon D300s and the Sony A700). The only better models are the full frame DSLRs (D700, D3x, A850, A900) and the most recent APS DSLRs (D7000 and A55)... Apologies for the Canon users as I'm not familiar with what this brand has to offer.

Of course lens quality and availability is another issue... even though the NEX cameras can work with almost any SLR or DSLR lenses, from Sony Alpha ones to Zeiss or Leica ones if required

Tyranicus66

I stand corrected - being a (very biased) Nikon man i must admit i havent … I stand corrected - being a (very biased) Nikon man i must admit i havent brushed up on my Sony kit recently. Does the NEX range suffer from sensor overheat in video mode? I know its well documented in the a55 + a33. Quite tempted to buy this as a backup to my now aging (but still bloody good), d90


AFAIK the NEX don't have a problem with sensor overheat, the problem with the SLTs (A55/33) is the body stablisation adds to the heat generated and has to be turned off for lengthy recordings... Some SLT users are using some of the newer sigma lenses with built in OS to offset this (they also tend to have HSM motors for silent focusing which helps with not messing up the sound recording)

nice camera, thorough review here, doesnt fare too brilliantly and proves its no match for any dslr but still good, if i hadnt just bought a tz10 for my skiing hols (not taking my dslr thanks) i may have got this though im thinking it may be too big tbh

dpreview.com/rev…x3/
Edited by: "royals" 18th Feb 2011

united4eva

I find these Micro Four Thirds very intriguing. I know the image quality … I find these Micro Four Thirds very intriguing. I know the image quality is supposed to be highly impressive, but how good is it compared to a full blown mid range DSLR in the £400 price range? I know they remove the mirror in these to save space, does that not somehow take something away? I dont know the engineering behind these too well so would like to know. I have purchased a S95 recently and hopefully learn the basics of manual digital photography well enough to progress to a DSLR or Micro 4/3 in the future. FWIW this seems like a bargain price for a quality camera (and I'm a Canon man ;)) even if it is a fugly mofo



regardless of the camera size and the fact it has an aps sensor like slr's it cant and id say wont be able to compete with lens and therefore pic quality but its still good for its size.....think there is alot of room for improvement, i also prefer a viewfinder (damn handy for sunny days, taking pics properly and pics viewing through a viewfinder will usually be better than an interpretation on a screen)

nex 3 silver with 16mm lens is 268.99 @ play too

Edited by: "royals" 18th Feb 2011

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a great one I don't like appearance while my friend love it

aircanman

It is a lovely camera, but compared to my Eos 1000d The images just dont … It is a lovely camera, but compared to my Eos 1000d The images just dont cut it.



it's got a much better sensor then the 1000d. you don't know what you are talking about

royals

no match for any dslr but still good, if i hadnt just bought a tz10 for … no match for any dslr but still good, if i hadnt just bought a tz10 for my skiing hols (not taking my dslr thanks) i may have got this though im thinking it may be too big tbh



can't believe the nonsense people write here who have never used this camera. the IQ is better then most aps-c cameras on the Market.

Some people judge the IQ of this camera from a review they read of the camera + kit lens. As many have already said, the sensor on these is one of the newest around, and beats those in older semi-pro dSLRs. Being significantly larger than the four thirds, it also fares better when it comes to high iso noise.

The biggest strenth of these mirrorless cameras is thay you can find adaptors for pretty much any legacy lens you can imagine. Leica M mount lenses are particularly suited because of their compact mount system.


Downsides are the lack of viewfinder

Getting this and the 18-200 lens is kind of pointless; you may as well get a full DSLR with the bulk that lens gives.

The 16mm pancake is a great lens though.

Do owners of these cameras have issues with indoor photos when they forget to carry the flash with them? Even with a large sensor it is sometimes hard to get a good indoor photo without a flash and since none is built in you can bet you leave the supplied external flash at home when you need it!

Also how does the screen fair in bright sunlight?

Also once you have a more useful 18-55mm or 18-200mm lens mounted is it not the same as carrying a compact four thirds camera like the Panasonic G10, G2, GH1, GH2 etc.
Edited by: "HotBot" 18th Feb 2011

I've got a Nex 5 and 3, and to be honest on both leave the flash on at all times, it barely makes a difference to the size. As far as picture quality, it's pretty close to my Canon 40D, enough that means I leave the bulky SLR at home mostly, spent 3 weeks in the US, didn't bother taking the SLR. I'd far rather take photos at 99% the quality the SLR, than no photos because the cameras at home. The screen is excellent in the US (southern California) never once had a problem viewing the screen.

I would suggest consider seriously if you want the Nex 5 vs Nex 3, there's little difference between them, afaik slightly lower HD video and a IR remote receiver. That's not much for the difference in price.

mike
Edited by: "mbuckhurst" 18th Feb 2011

weiran

Getting this and the 18-200 lens is kind of pointless; you may as well … Getting this and the 18-200 lens is kind of pointless; you may as well get a full DSLR with the bulk that lens gives.The 16mm pancake is a great lens though.



Sony E 18-200mm is 524g, the NEX5 is 195g = 718g (less then the 5Dii or 7D body at 820-850g)

The lightest DSLR (which BTW does not have as good a travel lens or sensor as the Nex5) is the D3100:

Nikon 18-200mm vr II is 560g, the Nikon D3100 is 505g = 1065g
Canon 18-200mm is 595g, the Canon 1000D is 502g = 1,097g

The Sony NEX5 has a better sensor then the above and the lens is arguably superior (according to photozone, the most critical of testers) but the combination is 30% less weight.

You can read on the internet many stories of people who use the Sony NEX5/18-200m travel combination and have ditched their DSLRs for travel.

Being a complete novice, I wonder if somebody could answer this simple question for me?

When I use my 12mp phone camera for snaps, the viewfinder shows a significantly smaller image than the one I'm physically looking at. This is when using the camera relatively close up (your average snap, I'd say).

Would a decent camera like this perform in the same way? If so, is there a solution?

Ta in advance.

colonel

Sony E 18-200mm is 524g, the NEX5 is 195g = 718g (less then the 5Dii or … Sony E 18-200mm is 524g, the NEX5 is 195g = 718g (less then the 5Dii or 7D body at 820-850g)The lightest DSLR (which BTW does not have as good a travel lens or sensor as the Nex5) is the D3100:Nikon 18-200mm vr II is 560g, the Nikon D3100 is 505g = 1065gCanon 18-200mm is 595g, the Canon 1000D is 502g = 1,097gThe Sony NEX5 has a better sensor then the above and the lens is arguably superior (according to photozone, the most critical of testers) but the combination is 30% less weight.You can read on the internet many stories of people who use the Sony NEX5/18-200m travel combination and have ditched their DSLRs for travel.



Lol you clearly do not know what you are talking about, a photographer with 10 years experience, I have owned and own Canon D1000, Nikon D80, Canon 40D, and this Nex was no where near as good as the 1000D Canon I own at the moment.

When you zoom right in on the image you will see the pixellation and noise in the image. This is a lovely camera but it is not as good as the Canon 1000D - For standard image purposes anyway.

colonel

can't believe the nonsense people write here who have never used this … can't believe the nonsense people write here who have never used this camera. the IQ is better then most aps-c cameras on the Market.



+1
there's a lot of uninformed people here

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godsakes

+1 there's a lot of uninformed people here



Lol colonel is obviosuly a Fanboy so we must excuse the fact he is biased!! I have one of these cameras in my living room and I am speaking from truth!! -

Will probably get one of these at some stage.Just waiting for the new Sony A77 to replace my Sony A700.

Watch this vid for a NEX with a 500mm f/4 lens. oO ...Jump to minute 13:00 and 11:35 for a quick peek at the A77.

sonyalpharumors.com/


aircanman

[quote=colonel][quote=weiran]Lol you clearly do not know what you are … [quote=colonel][quote=weiran]Lol you clearly do not know what you are talking about, a photographer with 10 years experience, I have owned and own Canon D1000, Nikon D80, Canon 40D, and this Nex was no where near as good as the 1000D Canon I own at the moment. When you zoom right in on the image you will see the pixellation and noise in the image. This is a lovely camera but it is not as good as the Canon 1000D - For standard image purposes anyway.




its a pity in your 10 years you picked up nothing about cameras

don't take it from me, look at DXOMARK, the NEX5 wipes the floor with the 1000D, particularly on dynamic range.
I doubt you really have one:

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/en/Camera-Sensor/Compare-sensors/(appareil1)/652%7C0/(appareil2)/270%7C0/(onglet)/0/(brand)/Sony/(brand2)/Canon

Edited by: "colonel" 18th Feb 2011

aircanman

Lol colonel is obviosuly a Fanboy so we must excuse the fact he is … Lol colonel is obviosuly a Fanboy so we must excuse the fact he is biased!! I have one of these cameras in my living room and I am speaking from truth!! -



Internet All-Nations Agreement Article 39436175880932/B states that your use of the word 'fanboy' in an argument renders your opinion null and void.

Hmmmm, I ummed and ahhed about this last night. Sold my DSLR a little while ago and was thinking about plumping up for the Fuji X100... but the fixed lens is a compromise.

The NEX is a great little compact APS-C camera, but I found the kit lenses aren't that great to be honest (or at least rather variable in sample quality). The real plus for me is size. The 16mm is wide and soft, but can't be beat for size. I was also contemplating some fun lenses like the manual focus SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7.

So close, but now the price is back up at £505. The silver version is £348 but just a little too rich for a 'spare' camera.

aircanman

Lol you clearly do not know what you are talking about, a photographer … Lol you clearly do not know what you are talking about, a photographer with 10 years experience, I have owned and own Canon D1000, Nikon D80, Canon 40D, and this Nex was no where near as good as the 1000D Canon I own at the moment. When you zoom right in on the image you will see the pixellation and noise in the image. This is a lovely camera but it is not as good as the Canon 1000D - For standard image purposes anyway.




I disagree entirely as I have both...if you shoot raw files the nex will wipe the floor with the eos1000d...add to this full HD video to that and for most people there no comparison.

People are being really picky about this camera, it is fantastic for most applications and is a leader in its price bracket.

For anyone who wants an objective review got to the dpreview.com you can compare the eos 1000d with the nex for image quality...you will then see that the 1000d is not really a serious contender over the nex..

I have one of these. Picture quality is very good and HD video quality is awesome. Bought it for 250 in best buy during the sony vat back + 10% quidco. But still this price is a steal

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Thanks everyone for their comments here is another review with the 18-55mm lens trustedreviews.com/dig…/p1 . I have got the NEX-5 with the 18-55mm lens. Has anyone had experience with the 16mm lens? or is it worth waiting for something like a 24mm to come out, as I need a lens more compact than my 18-55mm lens mainly for indoor/evening photography.
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