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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5R

Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
58
Overall
55
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-5R front
Portability
89
Imaging
57
Features
76
Overall
64

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5R Key Specs

Sony NEX-5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 287g - 111 x 59 x 38mm
  • Launched June 2010
  • Newer Model is Sony NEX-5N
Sony NEX-5R
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 276g - 111 x 59 x 39mm
  • Released August 2012
  • Replaced the Sony NEX-5N
  • New Model is Sony NEX-5T
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5R Overview

Let's look much closer at the Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5R, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and both are manufactured by Sony. The resolution of the NEX-5 (14MP) and the NEX-5R (16MP) is relatively well matched and they enjoy the same exact sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The NEX-5 was released 3 years prior to the NEX-5R which is quite a big gap as far as tech is concerned. Both of these cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before delving in to a step-by-step comparison, below is a brief summary of how the NEX-5 scores versus the NEX-5R with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5 over the Sony NEX-5R

 NEX-5 NEX-5R 

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5R over the Sony NEX-5

 NEX-5R NEX-5 
ReleasedAugust 2012June 2010Newer by 27 months
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Common features in the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-5R

 NEX-5 NEX-5R 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurements
Screen resolution920k920kSame screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither provides selfie screen

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5R Physical Comparison

When you are aiming to travel with your camera, you are going to need to consider its weight and dimensions. The Sony NEX-5 provides external measurements of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") and a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs) and the Sony NEX-5R has dimensions of 111mm x 59mm x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") having a weight of 276 grams (0.61 lbs).

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Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you have attached during that time. Underneath is the front view scale comparison of the NEX-5 against the NEX-5R.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5R size comparison

Taking into consideration size and weight, the portability rating of the NEX-5 and NEX-5R is 89 and 89 respectively.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5R top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5R Sensor Comparison

Generally, it is very hard to visualize the gap between sensor dimensions purely by looking at specifications. The pic underneath might provide you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the NEX-5 and NEX-5R.

To sum up, both cameras enjoy the same exact sensor sizing albeit different MP. You should count on the Sony NEX-5R to give you extra detail as a result of its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also help you crop photographs far more aggressively. The more aged NEX-5 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5R sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5R Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5R Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Sony NEX-5
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-5R
72
manual focus
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
74
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony NEX-5
Street photography with Sony NEX-5R
76
has a tilting screen
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
80
has a tilting screen
nice sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
offers touch focus
above average ISO range (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Sports photography factors
Sony NEX-5R Sports photography factors
52
megapixel count decent (14MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect AF
68
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
sensor has phase detect autofocus
does not have image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5 as a Travel photography camera
Sony NEX-5R as a Travel photography camera
59
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
73
offers touch focus
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony NEX-5
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-5R
68
manual focus
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
megapixel count decent (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
lack of Timelapse recording
75
you can focus manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
decent sized screen (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Vlogging advice
Sony NEX-5R Vlogging advice
28
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
lack of external microphone jack
31
touch screen
good video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not offer selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
doesn't have mic socket
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5R Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-5R
 Sony Alpha NEX-5Sony Alpha NEX-5R
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha NEX-5 Sony Alpha NEX-5R
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Launched 2010-06-07 2012-08-29
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4592 x 3056 4912 x 3264
Highest native ISO 12800 25600
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 25 99
Lens
Lens mounting type Sony E Sony E
Available lenses 121 121
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 920 thousand dots 920 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology - Tilt Up 180� Down 50� TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 7.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 12.00 m no built-in flash
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160s 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format AVCHD AVCHD
Mic port
Headphone port
Connectivity
Wireless None Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 287 grams (0.63 lb) 276 grams (0.61 lb)
Dimensions 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") 111 x 59 x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 69 78
DXO Color Depth score 22.2 23.7
DXO Dynamic range score 12.2 13.1
DXO Low light score 796 910
Other
Battery life 330 pictures 330 pictures
Battery type Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NPFW50 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature With downloadable app
Storage type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Launch cost $599 $750