Sony Alpha NEX-5R -Wi-Fi enabled mirrorless hybrid AF camera. Sony's latest interchangeable lens compact mirrorless camera. If you're thinking about upgrading to a DSLR camera, but still not sure about carrying around a huge camera (or the huge expense) or you're shooting a DSLR now and would like similar image quality although in a case that's more compact, think about the NEX-5R. To start with, the 16MP fast Hybrid Autofocus, APS-C-size image sensor, on-camera operational controls and burst shooting as fast as 10 fps provide you many design and quality elements found on a DSLR. Naturally, there is also the ability to use an array of lenses, which is the hallmark of photographing with a DSLR. Conversely, the NEX-5R features advantages that DSLR cameras cannot begin to offer, beginning with its compact case which is nearly half size of a typical DSLR camera. Add in a LCD tilt-able touch screen monitor, Wi-Fi built-in and you start to realize what's so special about the NEX-5R and that it can provide you the best parts of both worlds.
The NEX-5R APS-C-sized Exmor 16.1MP HD CMOS imaging sensor is the identical sensor format Sony puts in its DSLR cameras which delivers stunning, high-resolution photos which can be enlarged into gorgeous prints containing fine details with silky textures. The sensor is also highly sensitive and can deal with low-light situations. The Sony BIONZ Image Processor Engine keeps luminance and color noise in check, delivering rich tonal graduations, enhanced color reproduction, and an amazing detail clarity. It also delivers fast performance along with fast processing speeds.
This is Sony's initial E-mount camera featuring Fast Hybrid autofocus, utilizing a pair of focusing technologies to deliver extremely accurate and fast AF. Phase detection AF divides incoming images into tow parts while comparing them for intensity of light as a way of focusing, The system is fast, with the ability to focus in just 0.3 seconds which is especially useful for tracking subjects which are moving. Contrast autofocus employs the image sensor for measuring the contrast differences among the pixels, "in focus pixels" have higher contrast. It is considered to be a very precise focusing system and when blended with Phase detection autofocus, delivers the 'Hybrid' system which bestows the NEX-5R with its noteworthy DSLR-feel auto-focusing capability.
The Hybrid auto-focusing is also utilized when shooting Full HD Video with the NEX-5R and provides continuous auto-focus when shooting video, something very few cameras do. Continuous AF gives your home movies that extra watchable touch that will command attention when you screen them on your HDTV via the provided HDMI output. Able to shoot at 60 frames per second or the more cinematic 24 frames per second, the NEX-5R also shoots with higher quality AVCHD codec and upload-friendly MP4 codec.
Wi-Fi is another first for NEX-5R. It is the first Sony Alpha camera to offer direct Wi-Fi connectivity to smartphones and tablets. With the PlayMemories Camera App installed to your Android, iPhone or tablet you can transfer any image from your NEX-5R straight to your smartphone and from there to the world of waiting friends. This is a great way to share high quality images but also serves as a way to save and back-up images without removing the memory card. PlayMemories Apps also provide you with an easy way to add functions and updates to your camera.
Physically, the NEX-5R is an ultra-compact camera with the Sony E-mount which will allow you to use all the lenses in the E-mount line. It also has added a control dial next to the shutter button which greatly improves operational speed and a large tilt-able 3.0" LCD screen. Able to flip up 180º, this LCD makes shooting self-portraits super-easy but also offers a way to shoot street photography and family snapshots in a discreet way that will provide you with emotional, un-posed moments to treasure. The LCD is also touch functional, including touch shutter release. Combining the control dial and touch screen with Sony's ultra-intuitive interface means that you get to the settings you want in a hurry and therefore get the shot you want instead of being caught fumbling through a menu while the action passes you by.
Heightened control and stellar image quality put the NEX-5R into a rarified class of camera, but its auto, assistive and creative functions make it accessible to any level of photographer. Auto HDR is a great function which makes it easy to capture difficult high-contrast shots by combining the best highlight and shadow aspects of two frames into one perfectly balanced photo. 6-image layering similarly captures six images in a split second and combines the best aspects of six to create one great image. This is great when shooting in low light or other instances where camera shake can affect image sharpness. Auto Portrait Framing will recognize when you shoot a portrait and create a second image from your photo with an ideally cropped frame. Both the original and newly framed image are saved together. Face Detection and Smile Shutter technology make for perfect portraits and group shots and Enhanced Tracking Focus keeps moving subjects in focus while you concentrate on the best composition. Amazingly, Tracking Focus and Face Detection can work together, if for example, your subject turns away from the camera (think, every kid!). The NEX-5R will switch automatically from Face Detection to Focus Tracking and back again when your subject stops and looks again toward the camera.
Other aspects that make the NEX-5R a great camera are its Creative and Fine-tune settings, Sweep Panorama mode, an optional multi-interface terminal, anti-dust technology and convenient USB charging. Whether you're looking to step-up from a point-and-shoot or are already familiar with DSLR's and want a more compact, but still high-quality camera, the Sony Alpha NEX-5R is the ideal camera to enter into the world of compact interchangeable lens mirrorless cameras.
- Aug 29, 2012
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