Updated 25 Oct 2017

Sony

NEX-5R (with 18-55mm lens)

Snapshot: The Sony NEX-5R (with 18-55mm lens) compact system camera has an APS-C CMOS sensor, can shoot full HD video, but no viewfinder. But how's the image quality?

NEX-5R (with 18-55mm lens)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$1150

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Test results

Overall score
52
Image quality
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Screen
?/10
Video quality
?/10
Flash
?/10

Good points

  • OK screen.
  • OK video quality.
  • Has a high resolution articulated monitor.
  • Can shoot full-HD video and manually focus.

But

  • Just OK image quality.
  • Just OK flash.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Image quality (40%): Unless otherwise stated the cameras are set to full automatic function – including exposure, white balance and focus – with maximum resolution and image quality setting in JPEG.
Ease of use (40%): An evaluation of the manual, viewfinder, monitor, data transfer, shutter delay, inserting/removing memory, changing settings, controls and batteries.
Screen (10%): A rating of image quality of the screen, and the difference between the height and width displayed and what is recorded on the final image.
Video quality (10%): A rating of the quality of short video clips.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$1150
Type
Compact system

More test results

Viewfinder
n/a

Specifications

Megapixels (MP)
16
Battery type
Lithium-ion
Sensor
APS-C CMOS
ISO range
100 - 25600
Optical zoom
3
Aperture range
3.5 - 5.6
Zoom range
28 - 83
Shutter range
1/4000 - 30
Dimensions (cm)
111 x 39 x 59
Weight (g)
497
Depth (mm)
39
Memory card
SDHC, SDXC, MemoryStick Duo

Features

Water resistant
No
RAW support
GPS tagging
×
PASM modes
Manual focus option

Monitor

Monitor size (inches)
2.9
Monitor pixels
621,600
Touchscreen
Articulated monitor

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
-
Viewfinder pixels
-

Video

Video
1920 x 1080
Microphone input

Flash

Flash type
Switch on by hand
Connection for external flash
×

More info

Notes

Tested with a SEL 1855 (new f3.5-5.6 OSS) lens. Optical zoom and closest focal distance varies, depending on the lens.