Sony NEX-5R has fast phase-detect focusing, in-camera apps, WiFi (previewed)


posted Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at 11:00 AM EDT

Now in its third iteration, the very popular Sony NEX-5R doesn't get the usual updates people have come to expect. Like the NEX-5N before it, the NEX-5R still has a 16.1-megapixel sensor, a 3-inch tilting LCD, and is about the same shape and size. But there are a few new features that many will find compelling, including a fast hybrid autofocus system with 99 phase-detection AF points; a touch-shutter and touch-tracking feature; and a built-in WiFi radio that enables direct uploads to social media, as well as image transfer to tablets and cellphones. Downloadable apps are expected to bring more sophisticated in-camera Picture Effects to the Sony NEX-5R, plus Direct Upload features, and remote control via a smartphone, too. Not the usual updates indeed, but quite welcome nonetheless.

Also welcome is a slight tweak to the controls on the Sony NEX-5R that make better use of the limited real estate and arguably make the NEX-5R a more photographer-centric design without going as far as the NEX-7, with its Tri-Navi interface.

Slated to ship in October, the Sony NEX-5R is expected to fetch US$650 body-only, and $750 with an 18-55mm kit lens.

Want to know more about Sony's latest NEX-series camera? Read our hands-on Sony NEX-5R preview!

Sony Alpha NEX-5R
Camera Type Compact System Camera
Manufacturer North America: NEX-5R
Dimensions 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.5 in.
(111 x 59 x 39 mm)
Weight 16.4 oz (466 g)
Planned Price $750
Planned Availability October 2012
Image Capture
Sensor Type Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS
APS-C (approx. 1.11 in. diagonal)
16.70 megapixels (total)
16.10 megapixels (effective)
Filter Type RGBG
Focal Length Multiplier 1.50
Aspect Ratio 16:9, 4:3
Image Dimensions 4912 x 3264 (16.0 megapixels)
4912 x 2760 (13.6 megapixels)
3568 x 2368 (8.4 megapixels)
3568 x 2000 (7.1 megapixels)
2448 x 1624 (4.0 megapixels)
2448 x 1376 (3.4 megapixels)
12416 x 1856 (23.0 megapixels)
8192 x 1856 (15.2 megapixels)
2160 x 5536 (12.0 megapixels)
2160 x 3872 (8.4 megapixels)
7152 x 1080 (7.7 megapixels)
4912 x 1080 (5.3 megapixels)
1920 x 1080 (2.1 megapixels)
Capture Speed Continuous: 10.0 frames per second
Image Quality 2 levels
Image Preview / Review
LCD 3.0 in. diagonal921,600 dots
Playback Zoom 14.0
Touchscreen Yes
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 18.0 - 55.0mm (actual)
27 - 83mm (35mm equivalent)
Aperture Range f/3.5 - 22 (W), f/5.6 - 34 (T)
Focusing System Hybrid AF (99-point phase detect; 25-point contrast detect): Multi-point, Center, Flexible Spot; with Face Detection and Predictive Tracking
Has AF assist lamp
Manual focus possible
Focusing Range Normal: 10" - 4,081" (25 cm - 9,999 cm)
ISO Sensitivity Auto (100-3200), 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
Shutter Speed 30 - 1/4000 second
Exposure Modes Program, Aperture, Shutter, Manual
Metering Modes 1200-zone Multi Segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 3.0EV in 1/3EV increments
White Balance Image Sensor - Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Color Temp./Filter, Custom
Internal Flash Guide Number: 7
Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reduction
Range: Lens dependent
Flash Exposure Compensation +/- 2.0EV in 1/3EV increments
Scene Modes Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Anti Motion Blur, Scene Selection (Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Hand-held Twilight), Auto Portrait Framing
Digital Zoom 2x Clear Image zoom; up to 4x Precision zoom; up to 2x Smart zoom at reduced resolution
Self Timer Yes, 2, 10, 10 with 3/5 shots seconds
Movie Format AVCHD 2.0 / MP4; Audio :Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC with audio
Movie Resolution / Frame Rate 1920x1080 @ 60p/28Mbps/PS or 60i/24Mbps/FX or 60i/17Mbps/FH or 24p/24Mbps/FX or 24p/17Mbps/FH, 1440x1080 @ 30p/12Mbps, 640x480 @ 30p/3Mbps
Recording Medium Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, SD/MMC including SDHC, SDXC
File System FAT16, FAT32, complies with Design Rule for Camera File System (DCF)
File Format .ARW RAW (v2.3), RAW+JPEG, JPEG
Other Mini HDMI (Type C), Smart Accessory Terminal 2
Battery Type Lithium-ion rechargeable
Battery Form Factor Proprietary InfoLithium NP-FW50
Product Bundle
Software Image Data Converter Ver. 4, PlayMemories Home
Battery / Charger 1 x Proprietary NP-FW50 Lithium-ion rechargeable battery and charger
Digital Print Order Format (DPOF) compliant Yes
PictBridge Compliant Yes
Internal Microphone Yes
Internal Speaker Yes
Tripod Mount Yes, Metal
Remote Control Yes, Optional RMT-DSLR1/2 IR Wireless
Waterproof No
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