Sony announced a new member of its growing NEX digital camera family. The model is called NEX-5R, and is replacing NEX-5N model. Basic design remains the same; all the new features are under the hood. Sensor used is a completely new unit, but it has kept the same resolution as previous model; 16MP is a sweet spot for APS-C size. New exciting feature is phase detection via 99 focus points on imaging sensor, which is supposed to work in conjunction with contrast auto focus to deliver fast and precise focusing. From launch, Hybrid AF is supported with four lenses: 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS; 55-210mm F4-6.3 OSS; 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS and 24mm F1.8ZA. Firmware upgrades will expand the range of lenses supporting Fast Hybrid AF.
180 degrees tilt-able LCD was already seen on NEX-F3 which I reviewed earlier this summer, but 5R has two extra fatures – touch screen interface and ability to swivel 40°downward. Sadly, 5R got the same USB charging feature of F3. It is actually a good feature by itself, but what am I supposed to do if I have more than one battery and want to use camera while the spare one is charging? A very welcomed feature is a second control dial on the top of the camera, which is customizable.
There is also a Wi-Fi connectivity which allows for quick and easy transfer of photos and videos to smartphones, tablets or PCs. NEX-5R will be able to use various future applications like interval shooting or remote control via smartphones and tablets.
And of course – all of the old and proven features are still inside like sweep panorama, HDR, multi shot NR or focus peaking for manual focus lenses.
Expected price is around 650 USD for body only and 750 USD for 18-55 kit.
- 16 MP APS-C sensor
- 10 fps shooting speed
- Hybrid AF with phase detection on imaging sensor
- Full HD video, 1920 x 1080 @ 60p
- 180° tilt-able touch screen LCD
- ISO 100 – 25,600
- Wi-Fi connectivity
- Application support
- USB charging
- Customizable control dial
- Digital level gauge
- Battery life 330 shots