Sony NEX-5 Review

July 5, 2010 | Gavin Stoker |

Review Roundup

Reviews of the Sony NEX-5 from around the web. »

As the fourth major manufacturer to enter the market for small, mirrorless digital cameras with interchangeable lenses, Sony had to make a big impression. We think they'll do just that with the new Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3, two cameras they're calling "alpha compact interchangeable lens digital cameras."
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Sony has made clear that it is aiming for compact camera users who wish to upgrade (a market it estimates at around 10 million potential buyers), rather than trying to offer a second camera for existing DSLR users. And the NEX models have more in common with compact cameras than DSLRs - including very few buttons and a resolutely unconventional interface.
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Beginners stepping up from a Sony Cyber-shot compact camera will feel instantly at home with the NEX-5, and will love the huge jump in quality. But, if what you really want is a digital SLR in a pint-sized package, this camera isn't for you. The manual controls are all there, but the interface makes it too frustrating to get at them.
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