If you know me or have been following me on Twitter, you know how much I love Sony’s NEX line of mirrorless cameras. In fact, I own a NEX-5N myself and with the announcement of the NEX-5R, I may need to upgrade. Sony builds upon the already great NEX-5N platform with a all new 16.1-megapixel sensor that now features Hybrid AF – mainly the inclusion of a new 99-point phase detect system, a first for the NEX. The NEX-5R also now has Wi-Fi capabilities with the ability to download apps as well as upload photos to your favorite photo sharing sites or social networks.

Price isn’t all the different from the previous NEX-5N either. It’s about $50 more but I think you are getting a lot more camera now for that price. If you notice, Sony also saw fit to upgrade the body a bit with the addition of a new control dial, another Fn button, and a new 180-degree flip up touchscreen. As an owner of a NEX-5N, I’m seriously thinking about upgrading.


  • Stylish, lightweight design and the freedom of interchangeable lenses with large-sensor image quality, speedy AF and the introduction of Wi-Fi capability (Sony’s first interchangeable lens camera with integrated Wi-Fi capabilities).
  • The NEX-5R camera features a newly-developed 16.1 effective megapixel Exmor® APS HD CMOS sensor – identical in size to sensors found in traditional DSLR cameras – combined with a powerful BIONZ® processor to assure richly detailed still images and crisp Full HD videos in all types of lighting conditions.
  • In a first for Sony’s line of interchangeable lens cameras, the new NEX-5R model features “Fast Hybrid AF” autofocus technology, combining phase-detection and contrast-detection methods to ensure speedy, accurate autofocus in any shooting situation.
  • Availability/price? The NEX-5R compact system camera will be available this October in silver, black and white for about $750 with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens as well as body-only for about $650.
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