back to Logo usat smarthome 3d00d0583dd95af3f7ce8dd6c5b121640f13c9e2513cef3241fb16a5d3f4960d
Tested by experts 06d9a64036647e73500f0390c533b110047acb1d8dfcda07834106364a611f86
  • Editors' Choice

Sony Alpha NEX-5R Digital Camera Review

While this inexpensive mirrorless is marketed as entry-level, performance and image quality are anything but.

$749.99 MSRP


Representing some of the finest mirrorless system cameras on the market, Sony's NEX series is defined by thin bodies, oversized mounts, and a... "growing" lens selection. Earlier this year, the company decided to complicate their lineup with a few new options, including the NEX-6 and, today's review, the NEX-5R, which replaces the 5N as the "value" model.

While the 5R isn't equipped with some of the features found on more expensive NEX cameras, like a viewfinder or dual command dials, the most important feature has been carried over. No, we're not talking about the 5R's new installable apps, but rather image quality.

The Sony Alpha NEX-5R is available in black, silver, or white, and sold body-only for $650, or bundled with the 18-55mm kit lens for $750.

Video Review

Comparable Products

Before you buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5R, take a look at these other interchangeable lens cameras.


  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Product Tour
  4. Hardware
  5. Photo Gallery
  6. Image Quality
  7. Sharpness
  8. Color
  9. Noise Reduction
  10. Dynamic Range
  11. Low Light
  12. Distortion
  13. Video
  14. Usability
  15. Ease of Use
  16. Handling
  17. Controls
  18. Speed
  19. Features
  20. Extras
  21. Video Features
  22. Specs & Ratings

News and Features

Canon news hero

Canon Debuts New G5 X, G9 X, and Mirrorless EOS M10

Canon's ambition grows—even while its high-end cameras shrink.

Camera restricta hero

No Way, Cliché: This Camera Won't Work in Tourist Traps

This camera is definitely not for tourists.

Sony a7r ii gallery hero

Sample Gallery: Sony Alpha A7R II

What does 42 megapixels of resolution get you? Check our samples to find out.

Inspire pro in flight

DJI Announces Drone-Ready Micro Four Thirds Cameras

DJI announces 4K-capable Micro Four Thirds cameras for its drones.

Sony a7s ii news hero

Sony's New A7S II Shoots 4K Video In the Dead of Night

Sony keeps the low light 4K party going with the new A7S II.

Canon 600mm f4l do br prototype 600mm under glass

Canon Shows Off New 600mm f/4L IS DO With BR Optics

Lighter and smaller, the new 600mm f/4L IS DO looks promising.

Canon development news hero

Canon Announces Development of 250MP sensor, 8K Camera

The megapixel war heats up again thanks to Canon's newest sensors.

Bubbles hero 10

These Photos Show the Hidden Chemistry of Cooking

Take a look at these zoomed in photos of the cooking process.

Ricoh theta s hero 2

Ricoh's 360° Ambitions Come Full Circle With New Theta S

Can a tie-up with Google Maps take spherical photos mainstream?