Sony NEX-5T Review

October 11, 2013 | Mark Goldstein |


Other than the addition of NFC connectivity, a new 16-50mm power zoom kit lens, and a slightly lower launch price, the Sony NEX-5T is identical to last year's NEX-5R model. So while it remains an excellent all-round compact system camera that successfully reaches out to beginners and more experience users alike, we're slightly disappointed not to see a few more improvements on this year's mid-range NEX camera.

The built-in wi-fi and new NFC connectivity, making its debut on a NEX camera, make it straight-forward to share your photos and remotely control the NEX-5T itself, although there aren't too many NFC-enabled devices around at the moment. The decision to partner the NEX-5T with the 16-50mm power zoom kit lens is perhaps a more important new "feature", as it instantly makes the overall package more compact and even pocketable in a spacious jacket pocket, which the camera's target audience should find appealing. Finally, the lower price is very welcome, although the NEX-5R can currently be found for a couple of hundred pounds / dollars less than its successor, making it a very tempting proposition indeed.

Ultimately the new Sony NEX-5T is once again a likable and easy to recommend compact system camera which literally feels better balanced with the 16-50mm lens. Still Highly Recommended then, but we'd expect to see next year's inevitable update make some real strides forward...

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4.5
Features 4.5
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 4