Sony NEX-5R vs Sony QX30

Sony Alpha NEX-5R front
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30 front

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony QX30 Key Specs

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
  • Revealed August 2012
  • Previous Model is Sony NEX-5N
  • Renewed by Sony NEX-5T
Sony QX30
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • " Fixed Display
  • ISO 80 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-720mm (F3.5-6.3) lens
  • 193g - 68 x 65 x 58mm
  • Launched September 2014
Photography Glossary

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony QX30 Overview

Below is a in depth analysis of the Sony NEX-5R versus Sony QX30, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Lens-style and they are both sold by Sony. The image resolution of the NEX-5R (16MP) and the QX30 (20MP) is fairly close but the NEX-5R (APS-C) and QX30 (1/2.3") come with totally different sensor sizing.

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The NEX-5R was revealed 24 months earlier than the QX30 making the cameras a generation apart from each other. The two cameras come with different body type with the Sony NEX-5R being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony QX30 being a Lens-style camera.

Before we go straight into a in depth comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the NEX-5R scores against the QX30 in relation to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5R over the Sony QX30

 NEX-5R QX30 
Manual focus Very precise focus
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display dimension3""Larger display (+3")
Display resolution920k0kClearer display (+920k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony QX30 over the Sony NEX-5R

 QX30 NEX-5R 
LaunchedSeptember 2014August 2012More recent by 24 months

Common features in the Sony NEX-5R and Sony QX30

 NEX-5R QX30 
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony QX30 Physical Comparison

For those who are aiming to lug around your camera often, you should factor in its weight and volume. The Sony NEX-5R features physical measurements of 111mm x 59mm x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 276 grams (0.61 lbs) whilst the Sony QX30 has sizing of 68mm x 65mm x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3") and a weight of 193 grams (0.43 lbs).

Contrast the Sony NEX-5R versus Sony QX30 in the latest Camera with Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary dependant on the lens you have during that time. Underneath is the front view measurement comparison of the NEX-5R vs the QX30.

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony QX30 size comparison

Factoring in size and weight, the portability grade of the NEX-5R and QX30 is 89 and 91 respectively.

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony QX30 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony QX30 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, it is very hard to see the contrast in sensor measurements simply by researching a spec sheet. The visual underneath will help offer you a better sense of the sensor measurements in the NEX-5R and QX30.

As you can see, the two cameras have got different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The NEX-5R using its larger sensor will make achieving shallower DOF simpler and the Sony QX30 will provide you with more detail because of its extra 4 Megapixels. Greater resolution will also help you crop images much more aggressively. The older NEX-5R will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor tech.

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony QX30 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony QX30 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony QX30 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Portrait photography details
Sony QX30 Portrait photography details
manual focus
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
decent MP (20 megapixels)
supports face detect autofocus
manual focus not available
manual exposure not available
external flash not possible
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Street photography info
Sony QX30 Street photography info
screen tilts
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
provides focus via touch
good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
has image stabilization (Optical)
has touch focus
fixed screen
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Sports photography highlights
Sony QX30 Sports photography highlights
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
includes tracking focus
comes with phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
amazing zoom range (24-720mm 30.0 x zoom)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20 megapixels)
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
not so great battery pack (200 CIPA)
does not have phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Travel photography features
Sony QX30 Travel photography features
provides focus via touch
decent MP (16 megapixels)
does not have selfie friendly screen
has touch focus
decent MP (20 megapixels)
rather wide (24mm)
very long zoom (720mm)
missing Timelapse recording
not so great battery pack (200 CIPA)
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-5R as a Landscape photography camera
Sony QX30 as a Landscape photography camera
manual focus
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inches)
decent MP (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
no image stabilization
rather wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent MP (20MP)
manual focus not available
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
small screen (")
manual exposure not available
sensor is very small (1/2.3")
does not have RAW support
not so great battery pack (200 CIPA)
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Vlogging information
Sony QX30 Vlogging information
touch screen
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not have selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
doesn't have mic jack
rather wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
supports face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
slow maximum aperture (f3.5)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing microphone socket
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Sony NEX-5R vs Sony QX30 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5R and Sony QX30
 Sony Alpha NEX-5RSony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha NEX-5R Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX30
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Lens-style
Revealed 2012-08-29 2014-09-03
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Lens-style
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.4 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixels 20 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4912 x 3264 5184 x 3888
Highest native ISO 25600 3200
Minimum native ISO 100 80
RAW files
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detection focus
Contract detection focus
Phase detection focus
Number of focus points 99 -
Lens mount Sony E fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-720mm (30.0x)
Highest aperture - f/3.5-6.3
Available lenses 121 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 5.8
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3" -
Resolution of screen 920 thousand dots 0 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Screen tech Tilt Up 180� Down 50� TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) None
Min shutter speed 30 secs 4 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shutter rate 10.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes -
Set white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash range no built-in flash no built-in flash
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in None
Hot shoe
WB bracketing
Max flash synchronize 1/160 secs -
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 (60p, 30p)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format AVCHD MPEG-4
Microphone port
Headphone port
Wireless Built-In Built-In
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 276 grams (0.61 lb) 193 grams (0.43 lb)
Dimensions 111 x 59 x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") 68 x 65 x 58mm (2.7" x 2.6" x 2.3")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score 78 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 23.7 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 13.1 not tested
DXO Low light score 910 not tested
Battery life 330 photographs 200 photographs
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NPFW50 NP-BN,
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes (2, 10 secs)
Time lapse recording With downloadable app
Storage type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo microSD, microSDHC, microSDXC, Memory Stick Micro
Card slots 1 1
Launch cost $750 $348