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Sony NEX-3

Sony NEX-5
Type Mirrorless interchangeable lens camera
Sensor 23.4 × 15.6mm Exmor APS-C HD CMOS Sensor
Maximum resolution 4592×3056 (14.2 megapixels)
Lens Sony E-mount
Flash External flash (bundled)
Shutter speed range 1/4000 - 30 sec, BULB
Exposure metering Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure modes Intelligent Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Scene modes
Metering modes Multi-segment, Centre-weighted, Spot
Focus modes Contrast-detection auto-focus, 25 multi-point, Centre-weighted, Flexible Spot
Continuous shooting 2.3 frame/s, 7 frame/s in speed priority mode
Viewfinder Optional external optical viewfinder
ASA/ISO range Auto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Rear LCD monitor 3.0 in (76 mm) XtraFine TruBlack LCD, 920,000 pixels
Storage Memory Stick Pro Duo, Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Battery NP-FW50, InfoLITHIUM, 7.2 V, 1080 mAh, 7.7 Wh, Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
Dimensions 111 mm × 59 mm × 38 mm
Weight Approx. 287 g (10.1 oz) (camera body, card and battery)

The Sony NEX-5 is a digital camera launched on 11 May 2010.[1] It is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with the body of a common point-and-shoot camera but with a sensor size (APS-C) comparable to that of some digital single-lens reflex cameras. Its major competitors in the market are the cameras based on the micro 4/3 standard created by Panasonic and Olympus, and a few low end Canon, Nikon, and even Sony Alpha DSLRs.[2] The NEX-5 shoots 14.2 megapixel stills and has a 7 frame/s continuous shotmode.[3] It has the capability to shoot 1920x1080i at 60 frame/s in AVCHD or 1440x1080p at 30 frame/s in MPEG4. The NEX-5 was replaced by the NEX-5N in August 2011.


The NEX-5 has features found in SLR cameras but also some that are normally found in point and shoots. The body of the NEX-5 is made out of a magnesium alloy that separates the NEX-5 from the less expensive polymer NEX-3. Also different from the NEX-3 is video quality. The NEX-5 can shoot in AVCHD 1080/60i HD. There is a 7 frame/s continuous shot mode, with autofocus disabled after the first frame. The APS-C sized sensor has an ISO sensitivity up to 12,800.[3] The camera software has special features like twilight mode and sweep panorama. The latter lets the photographer sweep across a city-sky line or similar long view and have the photos automatically stitched into a JPEG image on camera.[4]


The NEX-5 along with its sister, the NEX-3, and also the Sony Handycam NEX-VG10 use a new lens mount system developed by Sony for NEX series and known as the Sony E-mount. Initially, there were three available lenses: an all-purpose 18–55 mm lens, an ultra wide pancake 16 mm lens, and a wide range 18–200 mm E-mount lens.[5]

With the post-November 2010 firmware version 3 installed, and by using the (roughly 200 USD) Sony LA-EA1 adapter, the NEX series of cameras is able to electronically control the aperture and autofocus of Sony SSM/SAM A-mount lenses, and control the aperture of the other Sony/Minolta A-mount lenses with manual focus only. The (roughly 400 USD) Sony LA-EA2 adapter also supports autofocus with screw-drive A-mount lenses, firmware version 5 is required for this adapter.

Other third-party mechanical tube adapters are also available. These adapters enable the use of Canon FD-mount, Canon EF-mount (without aperture control), Contax G, M42 screw mount, Minolta SR-mount (MC/MD), Leica M and screw mount, Nikon F-mount (non-G), Pentax K-mount (non-DA), T2 screw mount and Minolta/Konica Minolta/Sony A-mount lenses. The E-mount flange register is so short that it is possible to mount 45mm or longer-focal-length non-focusing enlarging lenses on the NEX body, with the use of an intermediate focusing helicoid behind them.

Certain third-party mechanical adapters also provide circular control rings that provide some mechanical control of the aperture of Nikon G, Pentax DA and Canon EF lenses, as these do not have a mechanical aperture control ring on their lens barrels.

Model Definitions

The complete model number of NEX-3/5 series may include letter(s) at end. The definitions are:

  • C: Not compatible with Eye-Fi function (NEX-3C and NEX-5C only)
  • A: Supplied with E 2,8/16mm (SEL-16F28)
  • D: Supplied with E 2,8/16mm (SEL-16F28) and E 3,5-5,6/18-55mm OSS (SEL-1855)
  • H: Supplied with E 3,5-6,3/18-200mm OSS (SEL-18200)
  • K: Supplied with E 3,5-5,6/18-55mm OSS (SEL-1855)
  • L: Supplied with E 3,5-5,6/16-50mm OSS (SEL-1650)
  • B: Body color is black
  • N: Body color is gold (NEX-5D/N, Japan only)
  • P: Body color is pink (NEX-3D/P, Asia only)
  • R: Body color is red
  • S: Body color is silver
  • T: Body color is brown (NEX-3D/T, Asia only)
  • 50i: 50 frames interlaced model
  • 60i: 60 frames interlaced model

For example, NEX-5CK/B 50i is a NEX-5 supplied with E 18-55mm zoom lens, not compatible with Eye-Fi function, body color black, and with 50i (not 60i) video support.

See also

Sony NEX-7


External links

  • SonyStyle product description – official Sony website
  • Sony UK product presentation – official Sony UK website
  • DP Review (Digital Photography Review) – June 2010, an in-depth review of the two cameras
  • Pop Photo Review – May 2010 review

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