The time has arrived when Sony replaced the popular NEX-5N with its successor, the NEX-5R. In basically, the same form factor, Sony has managed to improve nearly everything and add some unique features in what I think will be a very popular camera.
The first thing that I wanted to try out was how fast the new hybrid auto-focus speed has improved from its predecessor as it was always my main concern with NEX cameras.. How fast compared to the competition remains to be seen but there is a noticeable improvement from my little hands on session.
NEX-5R side with WIFI logo
NEX-5R Application Menu
NEX-5R flipped up
NEX-5R tilted down
Amongst its other improvements, the LCD screen can also flip up like the NEX-F3 but can still be tilted down for those overhead shots which the NEX-F3 can't do. The NEX-5R remains to be the only touch screen in the current NEX lineup and it also seems to be more responsive too. Not smartphone responsive but better than the NEX-5N.
One of the main complaints with the previous NEX-5 cameras was the lack of controls and dials. This appears to have at least helped with resolve the problem without compromising too much on the form factor. The addition of a function button as well as a top dial are of course welcome additions but the lack of a built in flash which is featured on the entry level NEX-F3 may disappoint a few.
NEX-5R Menu Layout
NEX-5R Shooting Layout
Those are the main improvements on the camera. The menu layout is slightly different with the addition of Application (side note: I think it should say 'Applications' instead) and the shooting layout virtually the same but with the addition of the horizon level. Its shaping up to be a good follow up to the '5' series cameras for the NEX line.
For Australia, the pricing will be as follows:
Body only: $799
Single lens kit: $999
Twin lens kit: $1299
Stay tuned for my full review coming soon!
Happy shooting and thanks for reading!