Sony NEX-5 Review

July 5, 2010 | Gavin Stoker | |

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#101 Tamas

My biggest issue is the depth of field.I own the olympus e-300 and the sigma dp1.Compare to those cameras I’m getting P&S style photos(DOF wise).In video mode this DOF issue is more striking.Changing the aperture does not make a difference.
I’m thinking about to sell my Nex-5. $600 for a point and shoot a litle bit too much.

8:19 pm - Saturday, February 26, 2011

#102 sean

Hi Tamas,

I would love a bit of education in this regard;

Is the problem you find with the aperature affecting depth of field not due to the lens we’re using (probably the 18-55”) .... or is it inherently a problem with the camera itself?

If I am patient enough and wait for sony to bring out a faster lens (or indeed, buy a adapter and another brand lens) would this depth of field lack be fixed?

11:35 am - Monday, February 28, 2011

#103 Tamas

Hi Sean!
I’m not sure yet.Right now I have the 18-55mm lens.
Just ordered a M42 to NEX adapter.I give one more try with different lenses.If the results will be the same then the problem is perhaps the distance between the lens and the sensor?

5:46 pm - Monday, February 28, 2011

#104 Peter

I purchased and own the NEX-5 for about 2 months and have shot over 1000 images in various conditions. I am in love with it and the image quality it delivered. I own and shoot Canon 5D and 5D Mark II for all this time and found the IQ of NEX5 extremely nice. I retired my heavy Canon gear and have been shooting this little camera and still produce top-quality images. The negative reviews and comments are just user inexperience, IMO…

10:43 am - Friday, March 18, 2011

#105 Renante

if money is not an object and you love photograpy, this nex-5 is worth buying, but if you are starter and wise buyer, and you plan to invest in good camera gadget consider buying other brands like nikon or canon.

11:14 am - Friday, March 18, 2011

#106 Tim

Just come back from a holiday in Egypt, of all places.  Took the Nex-5 and left the Nikon D80 at home.

Got some great pictures.  I’m sure I could have got the same from the D80; however, not having the weight, risk of theft, etc etc made the Nex-5 an ideal choice for this trip.

I had a Canon G9 previously but couldn’t get kind of IQ I wanted.  A real bummer given I took it to Peru last year and came back with less than startling images.

The Nex-5 gives great contract, blue skies, little over exposure and so on.  I think this must be down to the sensor size.

The only downsize is possibly the lens quality compared to the likes of thew Nikon but lets see what Sony introduce this year.


7:26 pm - Sunday, March 20, 2011

#107 Lawrence

Something to share and need commnets from expert. We have bad experience that accidently dropped the NEX5 on the floor, no scratches on body, the camera is working, but no sure any internal damage to lense and internal body? Shall we send our camera to Sony service center to check? Please advice.

6:13 am - Monday, April 4, 2011

#108 Tim

If it’s not broke, don’t fix it.

10:09 pm - Monday, April 4, 2011

#109 Lawrence

Thanks, do we have a health check to guide us to check the lense and camera? I worry about the lense problem? I do not know how to ensure all component is fine.


11:55 am - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

#110 Lawrence

Thanks, I m worry about the lense. How can check the lense and camera? any health check check list? How to ensure NEX5 camera and lense are ok?

12:32 pm - Tuesday, April 5, 2011

#111 foxy

i have this camera and i love it!!!!  see my posting about it

8:37 am - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

#112 nigelusprime

I see a lot of comment here attempting to compare the NEX range with other brands such as Canon and Nikon. It is difficult to buy a ‘poor’ digital camera at the NEX’s price point anyway, if you don’t own a NEX series camera, dont worry about it, just keep taking pictures with what you have - its the photographer not the camera that makes the picture - in my own experiences, the Nex 3 and 5 sit quite happily between my ‘point and shoot’ Nikon Coolpix S8000 and S9100 and my Pro - grade Nikon DSLRs - all are cabable of producing excellent results - some simply make it easier than others by offering additional useful features - The Nikon D300S for example is great for sports photography as it has durable build, weather shielding and very rapid focusing and high frame speed (up to 8fps), but it makes for an extremely obtrusive ‘street camera’, whereas any Nex fitted with the 16mm pancake lens set at about f8 for maximum sharpness, makes a great ‘unobtrusive’ street camera which will reward the user with high quality candids!

9:21 am - Tuesday, April 19, 2011

#113 Pat Gallagher

Nex 5.

I love it. I hate it.

This camera should have and could have been the game changer. I got so excited from what I read, full manual control, sweeping panoramas, raw capability and full HD video.

It has all these things…sort of:

Full manual control, as long as you don’t want to use video or the panoramic function.

The Panoramic function is also great as long as you are happy with low res jpegs. I can at least understand how this could be a memory processing issue. 

I think for me the most disappointing aspect is the gain that gets pumped in to the video in low light. Surely I should be able to turn that off!

Apparently not, Wish I bought the Panasonic Lumix.

Maybe there will be a firmware upgrade to make me happy. Fingers crossed.

3:41 pm - Sunday, April 24, 2011

#114 Chris T

I now own a Sony NEX 5. Can someone please tell me why when trying to set HDR the window says ” the function is currently unavaiable”. I’ve also been told auto bracketing is available on the NEX5. What is it I am doing wrong that I cannot access these.
Apart from these issues I am happy with the size and the performance from my camera. Two days old and hope I can further enhance it with a lens adaptor (can you purchase another adaptor of another brand cheaper) and lens’s.
It was a choice of FZ100 or NEX5 as HDR is a form I would like to get into.
Thank you.

7:43 pm - Monday, May 9, 2011

#115 sean

Yes, tricky camera. That is one of my complaints about it. It doesn’t give you much help regarding problems.

Your problem probably is that you’ve selected (for image size) to take raw images (or raw + jpg).
And it won’t let you HDR with raw.

But, what is your problem with auto bracketing? This is available through the camera shooting mode, and works with raw images.

10:45 pm - Monday, May 9, 2011

#116 Nigelusprime


Exciting times ahead for NEX users

Version 4 firmware and new optics to be availale shortly


6:50 pm - Tuesday, May 10, 2011

#117 Peter Harris

This is a wonderful camera - comfortable to hold and a pleasure to work with - particularly after the firmware updates.  I know the lens looks big and honking but it’s an illusion due to proportions - the whole package is so small.  It works and works well.

The image quality is much better than the Pens and the Pens are supposedly better than the Panasonics.  I returned my pen - poor focus and noise at base iso. 

This camera has a great sensor and unique features.  It is also very good for manual use with focus peaking and focus assist. 

Just lovely.

9:47 am - Saturday, July 30, 2011

#118 Canon


I would get the Canon 600D.

9:30 pm - Saturday, October 15, 2011

#119 Shamim

NEX-5 is really great

4:10 am - Thursday, July 26, 2012

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6:32 pm - Sunday, December 30, 2012

#121 Ian

Please does anyone know if this camera can be used with a powerful lens. eg I would like to get 30x optical zoom (or even more) for birdwatching.
Are such lenses available for this camera and would they work alright please.
Your kind help would be appreciated

9:57 pm - Friday, May 24, 2013

#122 Nitai Roy

What camera pixel is good for long distance picture. I see this blog is really affirmative.

1:28 am - Saturday, June 8, 2013

#123 Moynul

Awesome! Very nice! Looking great.

1:20 pm - Friday, November 8, 2013

#124 Anne

I got the Nex-5T a few weeks ago and all I can say is “No Regrets”. It really is an awesome camera!
Definitely a long-term investment for me.

What I like best about the camera is that it produces high quality images (even in low light setting), provides a solid grip, quick start-up, & it is relatively easy to use the camera and its applications.

Though, the one thing I would complain about is the mode button at the top of the camera which is kind of impractical as I might sometimes turn it by accident. Perhaps a practical design for the future Nex-...

Then again, for Nex-5T, the good outweighs the bad.

2:15 pm - Monday, December 23, 2013

#125 Abu Fateh

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11:29 am - Thursday, October 23, 2014

#126 Monir Hossain

Just wow! very included feature in SonyNex5.

3:39 pm - Wednesday, December 17, 2014

#127 moniruzzaman

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10:23 am - Wednesday, March 11, 2015

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5:55 am - Saturday, May 23, 2015

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8:46 am - Wednesday, June 24, 2015

#130 danny

I would buy this to supplement my holiday next week

9:58 am - Tuesday, July 14, 2015

#131 Photo Clipping

SONY is always my brand. Right now I am looking for a high profile camera for my in-house photography. It’s actually commercial product photography. My budget is $2500.00 USD. Any Suggestion???

6:13 pm - Sunday, August 9, 2015

#132 Clipping Path Lab

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6:27 pm - Monday, August 24, 2015

#133 Md Razaul Karim

It’s provide good result.

7:26 pm - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

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