NEX-5R http://www.stuff.tv/sony/nex-5r/all en-GB Sony NEX-5R http://www.stuff.tv/nex-5r/sony-nex-5r/review-0 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony has taken an incredible mirrorless camera and loaded it up with Wi-Fi and proprietary apps. Is this the ultimate (almost) pocketable cam? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-number-integer field-field-enable-hero"> <div class="field-label">Enable hero:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Enable full width image </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-nex-5r-review-press-2_5.jpg?1372817162" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-NEX-5R-review-press-1_6.jpg?1372817162" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-nex-5r-review-press-3_6.jpg?1372817162" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-nex-5r-review-press-4_6.jpg?1372817162" /> </div> </div> </div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-pricing"><legend>Pricing</legend><div class="field field-type-number-float field-field-test-price"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> £580.00 </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-price-notes"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> (with 18-55mm lens) </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-ratings"><legend>Ratings</legend><div class="field field-type-hcmreviewrating-rating field-field-overall-rating"> <div class="field-label">Overall rating:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="hcmrating-default">8 stars</div> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-group-sections"><legend>Review Section</legend><fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-0"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony NEX 5R review – intro </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Sony’s first foray into web-connected, app-compatible cameras, the NEX 5R takes a different approach to other Internet-savvy snappers like the <a href="/news/cameras/hands-on/samsung-galaxy-camera-hands-on-review">Samsung Galaxy Camera</a> and <a href="/review/nikon-coolpix-s800c">Nikon Coolpix S800c</a>, both of which use Android. Sony has gone down the proprietary route, so apps have to be downloaded from Sony’s website rather than Google Play. And unlike its rivals, the NEX 5R is a compact system camera supporting a whole bevy of E-mount lenses.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-1"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony NEX 5R review – build quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Like other NEX models, the NEX 5R is a very well put-together camera. The body is sturdier and more compact than most CSCs, with a pleasingly chunky grip on the right side providing adequate purchase for your mitt. There’s a similarly chunky dial on the top, giving you another way of adjusting settings without having to go into the menus.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-2"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony NEX 5R review – user-friendliness </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The NEX 5R uses a similar UI to other NEX cameras, with the mode dial being on-screen rather than physical (we’re not a fan of that, to be honest), but its touchscreen does add some new functionality. First, you can use touch shutter to select a focus point and take a shot with your fingertip; secondly, you can tap on-screen buttons instead of having to use the cursor control, which speeds things up, particularly when you’re tapping in passwords for Wi-Fi hotspots and Facebook.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-3"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony NEX 5R review – screen </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The touchscreen isn’t the most responsive, though, so don’t expect smartphone-like levels of accuracy and usability – firm presses are required. Aside from that the 3-inch screen is a gem, with its 920,000-odd pixels providing a retina-slicingly sharp image backed up by strong contrast and brightness. It also tilts up and down, making it easier to compose shots without having the NEX-5R right in front of your face.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-4"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony NEX 5R review – photo and video quality </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Setting aside the apps for a moment, it’s important to remember that the NEX 5R is first and foremost a mid-range compact system camera, boasting similar specs to the <a href="/review/sony-nex-5n">Wi-Fi-less NEX 5N</a> we reviewed back in January. Photo quality from the 16.1MP Exmor sensor is superb, and the large ISO range (which goes up to 25,600) and effective noise reduction makes low light shooting a breeze. You also get a nice set of special modes including Auto HDR and Sweep Panorama.</p> <p>Video is similarly stellar. There are options to shoot in AVCHD or MP4, in full HD, and the quality looks superb when viewed back on a big ol’ HDTV. You also have a nice degree of manual control over video settings, which will appeal to enthusiastic Scorcese wannabes.</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-5"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony NEX 5R review – apps </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>Finally, we should touch on the thing that sets the NEX 5R apart: its apps. Sony only offers a handful through <a href="https://www.playmemoriescameraapps.com/portal/">its webstore </a>at present, and many have to be paid for. The selection isn’t astounding, but there’s an uploader, a remote viewer (that lets you use your smartphone or tablet as a viewfinder), a set of filters and a retoucher among the free offerings.&nbsp;</p> <p>We also tried out the £7.99 Timelapse app which, though pricey, comes with eight modes including Cloudy Sky and Night Sky and is really easy to alter intervals, number of shots and the self-timer before you begin. As uploading is taken care of through another app though, it's not clear how to share photos from these apps.&nbsp;</p> <p>We think the Android route, with its third-party apps, is a lot more compelling than having a smattering of Sony-built apps to play around with, but Sony has a history of doing things its own way. As it stands, we’re not sure the apps here really add a huge amount to the camera – but the future could bring more exciting prospects.</p> <p>It's the same situation for sharing – at the moment it's limited to <a href="https://www.playmemoriescameraapps.com/portal/">PlayMemories</a> and Facebook but Sony promises more to come.&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="content-multigroup-wrapper content-multigroup-6"><div class="field field-type-text field-field-title"> <div class="field-label">Title:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Sony NEX 5R review – verdict  </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-body"> <div class="field-label">Body:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The Sony NEX 5R is another fantastic CSC from Sony’s stable, and we can’t grumble about the build, design, screen and image quality, all of which are top notch. The interface isn’t the most user-friendly, however (like all NEX cameras), while the app compatibility feels a little too “walled garden” to be truly exciting; it’s best viewed as a bonus rather than a killer app.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> </div> </div> </div> </fieldset> </fieldset> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-verdict"> <div class="field-label">Verdict:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p>The apps might not set your pulse racing, but this well-connected cam is a top gun in its own right.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /review/sony-nex-5r </div> </div> </div> http://www.stuff.tv/nex-5r/sony-nex-5r/review-0#comments Cameras NEX-5R Sony Fri, 21 Dec 2012 16:10:43 +0000 Sophie Charara 423825 at http://www.stuff.tv Sony NEX-5R hands on http://www.stuff.tv/nex-5r/sony-nex-5r-hands/news <div class="field field-type-text field-field-standfirst"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> A NEX 5n-a-like that plays nice with apps? Yes please. We peer down the lens of Sony&#039;s latest compact system snapper </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-main-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-NEX-5R-hands-on-review-lens_0.jpg?1364399690" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-NEX-5R-hands-on-review_0.jpg?1364399690" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-NEX-5R-hands-on-review-manual-controls_0.jpg?1364399690" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-NEX-5R-hands-on-review-LCD-screen_0.jpg?1364399690" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/Sony-NEX-5R-hands-on-review-portrait-mode_0.jpg?1364399690" /> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="375" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/sony-NEX-5R-hands-on-review-5N-wifi_0.jpg?1364399690" /> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_main_image" width="500" height="50" alt="" src="http://images.cdn.stuff.tv/sites/stuff.tv/files/images/news/new-twitter-banner_4219.jpg?1364399690" /> </div> </div> </div> <p>If you're a fan of the images that the beefy APS-C sensors in Sony's NEX series tends to take, you might be as taken in with the 5R as we are: pretty much the same sturdy build as the<a href="http://www.stuff.tv/review/sony-nex-5n"> 5N</a> but with a whole host of added extras.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-legacy-url"> <div class="field-label">Legacy URL:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> /news/ifa/hands-on/sony-nex-5r-hands-on </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.stuff.tv/nex-5r/sony-nex-5r-hands/news" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.stuff.tv/nex-5r/sony-nex-5r-hands/news#comments NEX-5R Sony Wed, 29 Aug 2012 16:37:53 +0000 Sophie Charara 422522 at http://www.stuff.tv