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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5T

Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
58
Overall
55
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-5T front
Portability
89
Imaging
58
Features
79
Overall
66

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5T 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
  • Revealed June 2010
  • Newer Model is Sony NEX-5N
Sony NEX-5T
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 276g - 111 x 59 x 39mm
  • Released August 2013
  • Succeeded the Sony NEX-5R
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5T Overview

Following is a in-depth overview of the Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5T, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras and they are both offered by Sony. The sensor resolution of the NEX-5 (14MP) and the NEX-5T (16MP) is very well matched and both cameras posses the same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The NEX-5 was brought out 4 years before the NEX-5T which is quite a significant difference as far as tech is concerned. The two cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before diving straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a concise summation of how the NEX-5 scores against the NEX-5T in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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

 NEX-5 NEX-5T 

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

 NEX-5T NEX-5 
ReleasedAugust 2013June 2010More modern by 39 months
Display resolution922k920kCrisper display (+2k dot)
Selfie screen Take selfies
Touch display Easily navigate

Common features in the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-5T

 NEX-5 NEX-5T 
Focus manually Dial accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5T Physical Comparison

If you are going to carry around your camera often, you will need to factor in its weight and volume. The Sony NEX-5 features physical dimensions of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") and a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-5T has sizing of 111mm x 59mm x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") with a weight of 276 grams (0.61 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you select during that time. Below is a front view sizing comparison of the NEX-5 and the NEX-5T.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5T size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability rating of the NEX-5 and NEX-5T is 89 and 89 respectively.

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

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5T Sensor Comparison

Usually, its difficult to visualise the contrast between sensor sizes simply by looking at specifications. The pic here will help provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the NEX-5 and NEX-5T.

To sum up, the 2 cameras provide the same sensor dimensions but not the same megapixels. You can expect to see the Sony NEX-5T to resolve more detail having its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also enable you to crop images more aggressively. The more aged NEX-5 is going to be behind when it comes to sensor tech.

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

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

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

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Portrait photography details
Sony NEX-5T Portrait photography details
72
manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
74
you can focus manually
decent MP (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers face detect focus
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony NEX-5
Street photography with Sony NEX-5T
76
screen tilts
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no image stabilization
80
has a tilting screen
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
has touch focus
above average ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Sports photography factors
Sony NEX-5T Sports photography factors
52
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
no image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect AF
69
decent MP (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
offers tracking focus
has phase detect auto focus
lack of image stabilization
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Travel photography factors
Sony NEX-5T Travel photography factors
59
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
77
has touch focus
decent MP (16MP)
selfie friendly display
missing Timelapse mode
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Landscape photography information
Sony NEX-5T Landscape photography information
68
manual focus
change lenses (Sony E mount)
decent sized screen (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
saves RAW files
no image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse mode
70
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
supports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
missing Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Vlogging details
Sony NEX-5T Vlogging details
28
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
doesn't have mic jack
73
selfie friendly display
touchscreen
offers face detect focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lack of image stabilization
missing microphone socket
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5T Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-5T
 Sony Alpha NEX-5Sony Alpha NEX-5T
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha NEX-5 Sony Alpha NEX-5T
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2010-06-07 2013-08-27
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.4 x 15.6mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 365.0mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4592 x 3056 4912 x 3264
Max native ISO 12800 25600
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Total focus points 25 99
Cross type focus points - 25
Lens
Lens support Sony E Sony E
Available lenses 121 121
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Tilting
Screen size 3" 3"
Resolution of screen 920 thousand dots 922 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch capability
Screen tech - Tilt Up 180° Down 50° TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Max shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 7.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m 7.00 m (ISO100)
Flash settings 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
Max flash synchronize 1/160 seconds 1/160 seconds
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 x1080 (60p/60i/24p)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone 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
Environment sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 287 gr (0.63 lb) 276 gr (0.61 lb)
Physical 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 rating 69 78
DXO Color Depth rating 22.2 23.6
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.2 13.0
DXO Low light rating 796 1015
Other
Battery life 330 shots 330 shots
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NPFW50 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes ((10/2 sec. delay), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures))
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots 1 1
Cost at release $599 $400