Review – Sony NEX 5

Review – Sony NEX 5

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DesignThe Sony Nex 5 like I said before is mainly comprised of magnesium Allow for the main body, with a stainless steel shell for where you attach the Camera Lens. It feels solid in my hand, and the grip, even when I attach a lens onto the body, is big enough for me to grip the camera. The body isn’t exactly the lightest, but it is the smallest DSLR (Digital single-lens reflex) in the world, so I’ll let that one go. The body weighs in at 410 grams without the lens, which is slightly heavier than normal Digital Camera’s. I must admit, it comes in an impressive little form factor, which is what made me jump to get it in the first place, it’s small (again without the lens) and the tilt screen works wonders. I did like that rather than crouching all day to get great shots facing upwards, I could just tild the screen up and take the perfect shot I wanted. The Screen quality is quite good as well, with the Blacks on the screen being prominent and easy to look at.

When you add the lens, things could change however. I opted for Sony’s largest lens package, which comes with a big 18x200mm Lens. That roughly equates to 11x zoom (200 divided by 18 is 11.11, round it down to 11), and for such a large zoom it puts in quite a bit of weight. The Lens weights in at 620 grams, which is more than the camera, and together, you’ve got a camera package which is just over 1 kilo, which is still lighter than normal DSLR camera’s, but still more than I would have hoped for. However, I have to give credit for how well built and sturdy the Lens looks as it looks sleek and solid, not to mention it feels solid too.

My only issue with the build quality, is where you mount the flash on top of the camera. It’s got a cover which is attached by small hinges, which you life up and then attach a lens by screwing it into place. It’s an extremely annoying process, and it forced me to take out my Flash only when I really couldn’t take good pictures due to lack of light. If it wasn’t for that, I’d have given it a perfect score, but Flash is an important feature of any camera.

Ease of UseI’ll admit I’m not a Professional Camera Expert or anything, but I have dabbled with Advanced DSLR’s (Cannon 7D for instance), so when it comes to ease of use, I take a look at how easy it is to set up the camera from the get go, and start shooting. Well I’m happy to say that The Sony Nex 5 is actually quite simple to used, when compared to normal digital camera’s, and much easier to advanced DSLR camera’s. There are a number of ‘scene’ options to choose from, depending on how the scene of the picture is, but for normal users I found that the Auto Function works best for most occasions. The menu is also laid out quite simply, with 6 options to choose from, and each sub-option after that is structured with a simple explanation to guide users to what they want to do with the camera. I would say the camera has been built for Amateur Users as it doesn’t give users much option to experiment with different Camera settings, but it does give you some freedom. If you’re quite into changing settings for different Camera effects, I wouldn’t recommend it for you, for for the rest, its a easy to use Camera which doesn’t require much effort to master.

The Camera also comes with a inbuilt guide called ‘Shooting Tips’ which helps with the user by explaining the best way to take pictures in different scenarios, and which scene to use best. I even learnt one or two ways I wasn’t aware of before purchasing the Camera.


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