Sony NEX-5

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Sony α NEX-5
TypeMirrorless interchangeable lens camera
Intro price$649.99 (with 16mm f2.8 lens) $699.99 (with 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 lens)
LensSony E-mount
Sensor23.4 × 15.6 mm Exmor APS-C HD CMOS Sensor
Maximum resolution4592 × 3056 (14.2 megapixels)
Film speedAuto, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800
Storage mediaMemory Stick Pro Duo, Pro-HG Duo, SD, SDHC, SDXC
Focus modesContrast-detection auto-focus, 25 multi-point, Centre-weighted, Flexible Spot
Exposure modesIntelligent Auto, Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, Manual, Scene modes
Exposure meteringMulti-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering modesMulti-segment, Centre-weighted, Spot
FlashExternal flash (bundled)
Shutter speed range1/4000 - 30 sec, BULB
Continuous shooting2.3 frame/s, 7 frame/s in speed priority mode
ViewfinderOptional external optical viewfinder
LCD screen3.0 in (76 mm) XtraFine TruBlack LCD, 920,000 pixels
BatteryNP-FW50, InfoLITHIUM, 7.2 V, 1080 mAh, 7.7 Wh, Lithium-Ion rechargeable battery
Dimensions111 mm × 59 mm × 38 mm
WeightApprox. 287 g (10.1 oz) (camera body, card and battery)
Made inJapan

The Sony α NEX-5 is a digital camera launched on 11 May 2010.[1] It is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with the body size of a larger model fairly compact point-and-shoot camera with a larger 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 α 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 1920×1080i at 60 frame/s in AVCHD or 1440×1080p at 30 frame/s in MPEG4. The NEX-5 was replaced by the 16 megapixel NEX-5N in August 2011.


The α NEX-5 has features found in SLR cameras but also some that are normally found in point and shoots. The body of the α NEX-5 is made of 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]


Sony NEX-5N with an E-mount SEL1855 lens

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 US$200) 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 US$400) Sony LA-EA2 adapter also supports autofocus with screw-drive A-mount lenses, firmware version 5 is required for this adapter.

Minolta MD 2/85 mm adapted to NEX 5

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, Konica Hexanon AR-mount, Minolta SR-mount (MC/MD), Leica M and screw mount, Nikon F-mount (non-G), Pentax K-mount (non-DA), Olympus OM mount, 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 45 mm 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[edit]

The incomplete model number of NEX-3/NEX-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 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 18–55 mm zoom lens, not compatible with Eye-Fi function, body color black, and with 50i (not 60i) video support.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ YouTube, a Google company. YouTube. Archived from the original on 2016-04-17. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
  2. ^ Grunin, Lori. "Sony Alpha NEX-5 review: Sony Alpha NEX-5". CNET.
  3. ^ a b "NEX-5K/S | α NEX-5 with 18-55mm Lens | Sony USA". Archived from the original on 2011-06-16. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  4. ^ NEX-5
  5. ^ "E-mount lens: Sony Asia". Retrieved 2011-02-09.

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