Sony NEX-5R Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Compact Camera with Wi-Fi

| September 7, 2012

sony nex-5r mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with Wi-Fi built-in

Sony has announced the Sony NEX-5R, a new mirrorless interchangeable lens compact camera that serves as an update to the popular Sony NEX-5n. The Sony NEX-5R features the same 16MP CMOS sensor as its predecessor, and likewise offers full 1080p HD movie recording (60p) with stereo sound. An optional stereo microphone can be attached via the camera’s dedicated accessory shoe in order to provide even better quality sound with movie recording.

One of the main new features of the Sony NEX-5R mirrorless compact camera is that it offers built-in Wi-Fi connectivity allowing for easy sharing, viewing and saving of photos. The Sony NEX-5R’s Wi-Fi capability lets you transfer photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the new Sony PlayMemories Mobile™ app.

The Sony NEX-5R also offers enhanced AF technology with a new hybrid AF system that employs Phase detection auto focus for quick response that is ideal when tracking fast-moving subjects, and contrast-detection auto focus for added precision. The Sony NEX-5R features a 3-inch 180-degree tilt-able touch control LCD screen for composing and playing back images and movies. Users can enjoy point and shoot simplicity by leaving the camera in basic Auto mode, or take advantage of the camera’s extensive manual override features for added creative control.

The NEX-5R compact system camera will be available this October for about $750 with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens.

sony nex-5r mirrorless interchangeable lens camera back view

Sony NEX-5R Mirrorless Camera Major Features

• 16MP APS-C size HD image sensor: The 16MP APS-C size HD image sensor is the same sensor format that Sony builds into their full-sized DSLR cameras. With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, Sony’s APS-C sensor size delivers high resolution, high sensitivity and creative blurred backgrounds.

• Fast Hybrid AF: Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF combines two technologies for enhanced performance: Phase detection auto focus for quick response that is ideal when tracking fast-moving subjects and contrast-detection auto focus when added precision s required.

• 180-degree tiltable 3-inch Touch LCD Monitor: The Sony NEX-5R compact interchangeable lens camera is equipped with a tilt-able LCD screen that flips up 180-degrees without sacrificing the compactness for which the 5-series is renowned for. This makes taking great self-portraits incredibly easy since users can precisely compose shots, choosing to include people or objects in the frame for more satisfying results.

Sony NEX-5R mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with tilt-able LCD monitor

• Full HD Movies at 60p/60i/24p: Capture HD Movies in your choice of high quality 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution.

• Wi-Fi® Sharing: Wi-Fi® capability – a first for Alpha-series – lets users transfer photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile™ app. Wi-Fi capability allows for sharing, viewing and saving photos for expanded photo-shooting enjoyment. Photos can be easily transferred to smartphones and tablets, viewed on large screen TVs or saved to PC’s.

• PlayMemories Camera Apps: Supports PlayMemories Camera Apps, the world’s first application download service that lets users install new camera functions as needed

• Control Dial: Control dial, Fn (function) button and touch screen (including touch shutter function) provide user friendly camera operation.

• Sweep Panorama™ Technology: Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally, and the Sony NEX-5R does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (18mm focal length).

• 6-image layering: The Sony NEX-5R leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. The camera then combines the data from the 6 different images up to ISO 25600 to create a single image. This method is used to control blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode or to get cleaner, sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.

• Enhanced Tracking Focus: Tracking Focus continuously tracks a user-designated subject and is now more effective at tracking people. If the subject turns away from the camera, face-detection tracking automatically switches to subject tracking and continues tracking.

• Face Detection technology: The Sony NEX-5R interchangeable lens camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults.

• Anti-Dust Technology: Dust spots on the image sensor leads to blemishes in the picture. To protect the sensor, Sony incorporates an advanced ultrasonic system, which effectively shakes dust off the sensor surface.

sony nex-5r interchangeable lens compact camera with built-in Wi-Fi transfer capability

Sony NEX-5R Mirrorless Camera Press Release

SAN DIEGO, August 29, 2012 – Combining a stylish, lightweight design and the freedom of interchangeable lenses with large-sensor image quality, speedy AF and the introduction of Wi-Fi capability, the new Sony NEX-5R compact system camera offers all the benefits of DSLR-style imaging in a more convenient, portable package with added connectivity.

The Sony 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 Sony NEX-5R features “Fast Hybrid AF” autofocus technology, combining phase-detection and contrast-detection methods to ensure speedy, accurate autofocus in any shooting situation. It is also Sony’s first interchangeable lens camera with integrated Wi-Fi capabilities for easy image sharing, saving and viewing, and introduces the new concept of downloadable Camera Apps for adding creative, fun features that can be personalized to fit a photographer’s needs.

“With the Sony NEX-5R camera, Sony brings the core strength of our consumer electronics business into play to fully support our digital imaging business. This unique combination of technology and style results in a compelling new product that strikes the ultimate balance between size and performance.” said Mike Kahn, director of the alpha interchangeable lens camera business group at Sony Electronics.

“With a host of exciting, innovative new features and the same outstanding image and HD video quality that our E-mount line has become known for, the NEX-5R is an ideal choice for step-up point-and-shoot users or more serious photo enthusiasts who don’t want to compromise on image quality and connectivity while traveling light.”

The Sony NEX-5R Featuring Fast Hybrid AF

The intuitive new “Fast Hybrid AF” autofocus technology utilizes 99 phase-detection AF points arrayed on the image sensor to detect a subject’s distance and quickly lock focus on it, and then utilizes contrast-detection AF to confirm extremely fine, precise details. In Speed Priority Continuous shooting mode, the camera will switch automatically to phase detection tracking AF and can track fast-moving action accurately in each frame up to 10 frames per second.

Wi-Fi Sharing and New Camera Apps

The added connectivity of the Sony NEX-5R camera allows photos and videos to be transferred wirelessly to a smartphone or tablet running Sony’s free PlayMemories Mobile app, available on both Android™ and Apple iOS platforms. Additionally, content can be directly uploaded from the camera to Facebook® using a Wi-Fi connection and the new “Direct Upload” application, part of Sony’s new PlayMemories Camera Apps platform.

This new concept of PlayMemories Camera Apps is the world’s first application download service in an interchangeable lens camera that allows consumers to install new functions on demand, tailoring their cameras to fit their personal shooting needs. The service can be accessed over Wi-Fi or when the camera is connected directly to a PC via USB.

Available apps at launch, outside of “Direct Upload” as mentioned earlier, will include “Picture Effect+”; “Bracket Pro”; “Multi Frame NR”; “Photo Retouch”; and “Smart Remote Control. A variety of other apps including “Time-Lapse” and “Cinematic Photo” are also planned for release.

Shooters can also utilize the family of PlayMemories applications to transfer content directly to a networked PC, streamlining the image back-up process and avoiding the need to connect cables or transfer memory cards between devices. Additionally, they can transfer photos to any DLNA® compatible TV either through a wireless access point or any TV supporting Wi-Fi.

Sony NEX-5R Mirrorless Compact Camera: Added Flexibility and Functionality

Aesthetically, the new Sony NEX-5R features a new fully programmable control dial and function button, a versatile combination for photographers accustomed to the flexibility and direct control of a DSLR camera. The Sony NEX-5r has a switchable on-screen digital level gauge that helps keep horizons level with landscapes and architectural shots.

Additionally, the Sony NEX-5R features an intuitive touch-screen LCD with a Touch Shutter function for added convenience. The clear, bright touchscreen can also flip upwards 180 degrees for easy arm’s length self-portraits.

Full HD (1920×1080@60p) movie shooting is enhanced with a new Auto Slow Shutter feature, adding extra detail to low-light clips. The camera detects dim interiors and night scenes, automatically switching to a slower shutter speed to brighten footage.

New Sony Alpha Accessories

On the α accessories front, the stylish new LCS-SL20/B soft carrying case will be compatible with the new Sony NEX-5R model as well as other E-mount camera bodies. It features four internal dividers for easy storage of camera bodies and lenses, as well as a dedicated space for a tablet. The new LCS-SL10/B soft carrying case offers two internal dividers and multiple storage pockets in a compact size.

Also designed for Sony’s E-mount line is the new LCS-EME/BL, a modern, innovative sling bag. With space to accommodate an NEX and two additional lenses, the LCS-EME/BI is a perfect accessory for active photographers. Additionally, a new Screen Protect Semi-Hard sheet (model PCK-LM13) will be available that will help protect both the camera and lens of the new NEX-5R camera.

Sony NEX-5R Pricing and Availability

The Sony NEX-5R compact system camera will be available in Canada this October in silver and black for about $750 with an 18-55mm kit zoom lens as well as body-only for about $650.

Sony NEX-5R mirrorless compact camera shown with optional Sony E type 16mm F2.8 prime lens

Sony NEX-5R Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens
Compact Camera Specifications

Image SensorExmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
Effective ResolutionApprox. 16.1 megapixels
Still Image Size16:9

L (14M): 4912 X 2760
M (7.1M): 3568 X 2000
S (3.4M): 2448 X 1376


L (16M): 4912 X 3264
M (8.4M): 3568 X 2368
S (4M): 2448 X 1624

Focal Range Conversion1.5x
Optical Image Stabilization AvailableSelected E-mount lenses incorporate Optical SteadyShot® image stabilization to combat the effects of camera shake. Building stabilization into the lenses enables the camera body to be remarkably thin and light.
Dust-ReductionCharge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
LCD Monitor3-inch TFT Xtra Fine™ LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack™ technology

Angle Adjustment: Up: Approx. 180 degrees, Down: Approx. 50 degrees

Brightness Control : Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny Weather

Coverage: 100%

Live View: Yes, (Constant AF Live View)

Real-time image adjustment display: Exposure Compensation, WB, Creative Style

Histogram: Yes (On/off)

Peaking: Yes (MF only, Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off), (Color: White/Red/Yellow)

Grid Display: Yes (On/off)

Customization: Brightness: Auto, Manual, Sunny Weather

Display Color: Black, White, Blue, Pink

Exposure SettingsiAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection
Scene ModesPortrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
Exposure CompensationStill images: +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps), Movies: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
Exposure BracketingWith 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, 3EV increments, 3 frames
Auto Exposure LockAE is locked when the shutter button is half pressed (ON/OFF is available in MENU)
MeteringAdvanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering ModesMulti-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure Metering Sensitivity0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)
Picture Effects11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature
Creative StyleStandard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))
ISO SettingsStill images: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-25600)
Movies: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-6400)
D-Range OptimizerYes: (Auto, Level, Off)
Auto High Dynamic RangeYes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
Noise ReductionLong Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)
White Balance SettingsAuto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem (2500 to 9900K), C.Filter (G7 to M7,A7 to B7), Custom
Focus SystemFocus System: Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF) with “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor

Focus Points: 99 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)

AF Modes: AF-S: Single-shot AF, AF-C: Continuous AF

Focus Area: Multi Point (99 points(phase-detection AF), 25 points(contrast-AF)), Center-weighted, Flexible Spot

Focus Sensitivity: 0 EV to +20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens attached)

Manual Focus Assist : Yes MF assist (4.8x, 9.6x)

Focus Features: Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-Start AF (with FDA-EV1S and LA-EA2(Sold separately))

AF Illuminator: Built-in, LED type (with a range of approx. 0.3-3.0m (with E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS attached))

Face Detection AFOn/On (Regist. Faces)/Off, Face Selection (maximum 8 detectables)
Smile Shutter™ technologySmile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
Burst BufferJJPEG (Fine: 10 shots, Standard: 10 shots), RAW (6 shots), RAW+JPEG (4 shots)
Continuous Shooting Speed (approx., max.): Continuous mode: max. 3 fps; Speed Priority Continuous shooting: max. 10 fps
Fine: 15 frames, Standard: 16 frames, RAW:11 frames, RAW&JPG: 10 frames
Drive ModeSingle-shot, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority continuous shooting, Self-timer, Bracketing, Remote Cdr
Sweep Panorama ModeHorizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical, and 3D Panorama
Still Image File FormatJPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Video Format AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Movie Recording File Type
and Resolution

PS – 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
FX – 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
FH – 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
FX – 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
FH – 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps


HD – 1440 x 1080/ 30p@12Mbps
VGA – 640 x 480/ 30p@3Mbps

Audio RecordingDolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Built-in stereo microphone, mono speaker
Wi-FiPlayMemories Camera Apps : Yes
Send to Computer : Yes
View on Smartphone : Yes
View on TV : Yes
FlashFlash Type : Smart accessory terminal (HVL-F7S Flash Supplied)

Guide Number: 7 (in meters at ISO 100)

Flash Compensation: +/-2EV,1/3EV steps

Flash Coverage: FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)

Flash Metering System: Pre-flash TTL

Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reduction

Flash Type: Smart accessory terminal (HVL-F7S Flash Supplied)

Recycling Time: Approx. 4 sec.

Memory Card TypeMemory Stick PRO Duo™/Pro-HG Duo™/PRO-HG HX Duo™ media SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
InterfaceHDMI® (TypeC mini)
USB Port: USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, PTP)
Battery SystemInfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)

Number of Still Images: Approx. 330 images (CIPA standard)

Supplied Accessories in the NEX-5R w/ Lens Kit • SEL1855 E-mount 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 zoom lens
• USB cable (Mini B)
• Lens cap
• NP-FW50 Lithium ion rechargeable battery
• AC-UB10 AC adaptor
• Shoulder strap
Dimensions110.8 x 58.8 x 38.9mm (W/H/D)
Weight276g grams

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