• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 36.4 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600

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Differences

Sony NEX-5R advantages over Sony A7R

  • Less expensive
    $499 vs $1898*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Select your focus point more intuitively.
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
    Filter vs No Filter
    Reduces unsightly moiré in photos and video

Sony A7R advantages over Sony NEX-5R

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Higher effective ISO
    2,746 vs 910 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • More pixels
    36.4 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Newer
    18 months vs 3 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Lacks anti-aliasing filter
    No Filter vs Filter
    Enjoy sharper photos
  • Higher extended ISO
    51200 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • Incredibly small body for a fully-featured, full-frame camera; Resolution that rivals a medium-format camera; Excellent image quality even at very high sensitivities; Decent performance bearing in mind its extremely high resolution; Accepts existing Alpha-mount and E-mount lenses, and can optionally crop to APS-C image circle.

  • Extreme resolution makes focus and lens quality critical; Modest performance; Loud shutter; Lacks hybrid autofocus of the A7; Mediocre battery life when using electronic viewfinder; Slow X-sync; Limited selection of native Sony FE lenses.

The Competition

Compared to Sony A7

Sony NEX-5R
Sony A7
  • $361
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
  • $969
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Sony A7R
Sony A7
  • $1843
  • 35mm
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More pixels
  • $969
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony NEX-C3

Sony NEX-5R
Sony NEX-C3
  • $361
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer battery life
Sony A7R
Sony NEX-C3
  • $1843
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX-5R
Sony NEX-5N
  • $361
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer battery life
Sony A7R
Sony NEX-5N
  • $1843
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Longer battery life
  • Less shutter lag

Compared to Canon EOS M

Sony NEX-5R
Canon EOS M
  • $361
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • External Mic Jack
Sony A7R
Canon EOS M
  • $1843
  • 35mm
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Sony NEX-3N

Sony NEX-5R
Sony NEX-3N
  • $361
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Wi-Fi
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer battery life
Sony A7R
Sony NEX-3N
  • $1843
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $498
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer battery life
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