Sony NEX-5T Review


Overview of Sony NEX-5T Camera

Sony’s NEX-5T mirrorless camera is a strong camera over other digital interchangeable lens (DIL) models. This model has offered all of the greatest features that photographers want to have in their new cameras, for example, an articulated LCD and the built-in Wi-Fi. In terms of the price, the price of the entire Sony NEX-5T package is a bit less than with some other similar mirrorless camera offerings as well.

The image quality is great with the NEX-5T camera, and the responses times are very fast. It is very impressive to find all of these features in an interchangeable lens camera which is small like this Sony model. With the camera body only, the price is just around $500.

Perhaps, the biggest weakness with this Sony NEX-5T is that the camera is almost not different at all from its mirrorless predecessor from Sony, the NEX-5R. The only big difference between these two models is that there is an inclusion of an NEC wireless option with the NEX-5T. Therefore, those who had the NEX-5R a year ago may not want to purchase the NEX-5T at this price point.

The Sony’s latest mirrorless DIL model will strongly attract everyone’s look, because the camera brings a good value along with a variety of very nice features.

Summary of the Sony NEX-5T Camera


  • The resolution is 16.1 megapixels
  • Optical zoom: N/A, uses interchangeable lenses
  • The 3.0-inch LCD touchscreen has the 921,600 pixel resolution
  • The image size is 4912 x 3264 pixels at maximum
  • The image sensor is an APS-C one that uses the CMOS technology (23.5 by 15.6 mm)
  • The camera uses a rechargeable li-ion battery
  • The dimensions are 4.36 x 2.31 x 1.53 inches
  • With the battery, the camera weighs 9.74 ounces
  • A full 1080p HD movie mode is supported


  • Large APS-C sized image sensor
  • Articulated LCD screen offers touch controls
  • Almost no shutter lag
  • One of the smallest and lightest DIL cameras on the market
  • Plenty of advanced features, such as built-in Wi-Fi


  • Almost identical to its predecessor, the NEX-5R
  • No built-in flash unit; must attach external flash
  • Menus could be organized better
  • Some control buttons are too small and oddly placed
  • Design won’t appeal to everyone as large lens dominates the look of the NEX-5T and almost gives it an unbalanced look
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Detail Review of the Sony NEX-5T Camera

Image Quality

The image quality with the NEX-5T camera is impressive, especially while it price is quite low compared to the prices of other interchangeable lens cameras. You can take the advantage of large APS-C sized CMOS image sensor to obtain high-end images. It may be common to find APS-C sized image sensors in entry-level DSLR cameras, so it is great to find this kind in such budget-priced DIL camera like the NEX-5T. With the 16 megapixel resolution, it is pretty nice to have good large prints with this camera.

The performance of the NEX-5T is also good in low light conditions. And even whether you use the external flash which is included with the camera kit or not, you can still obtain images of good quality. Meanwhile, the ISO settings can be up to 25600 with the 5T. You can easily set the ISO levels around 6400, the noise is not significantly noticed in the photographs.

There are two image formats, including JPEG or RAW and with a lot of HD movie resolutions, you can have nice videos. The movies are of good quality with the 5T.


The great performance is another strong point with the Sony 5T camera. There is almost no shutter lag with the camera and the responses times are fast. You can select one among a variety of different burst modes that performs greatly at full resolution setting. Even when the flash is turned on for shooting the photos, the shot to shot delays are minimal with this 5T model.

The 3.0-inch LCD screen that is offered with the NEX-5T model has the outstanding quality, which has up to the 1 million pixel resolution. You will find it very easy to use with the LCD touch screen of the camera. Besides, it is easy to swivel the LCD horizontally up to 180 degrees in cases that you want to capture self-portraits.

Currently, it is slightly difficult to understand and use the camera. With the touchscreen LCD feature, it would have been nice if there were icons and other features which made the camera easy to use like a smartphone. With the reorganization of the menu structure, they would have taken full advantage of the touchscreen. However, you also could take the best advantage of the camera’s touchscreen with the NEX-5T’s Playback mode, which allows you to drag your finger across the screen to take actions the stored photos on the memory card for example.


It is the small size which is one of the appealing aspects in the design of a DIL camera versus DSLR models. Although the NEX-5T is not the smallest interchangeable lens camera on the market, this camera is among the lightest and smallest models. This increases the appeal of the NEX-5T as well.

With the look dominated by the lens housing, the design of the Sony’s 5T is a little bit strange. However, the weight balance of the NEX-5T can be slightly thrown off by the large lens housing. To offset the weight of the lens housing, you can use your right hand grip while it requires you to charge the battery inside the camera.

The external flash unit is another odd aspect with the NEX-5T’s design. You will not see any built-in flash with this camera. Therefore, when you want to use the flash, you will need a small external flash. Similarly, there is not hot shoe with the camera. Instead, a port is use to attach the flash. And, if you forget to lock flash in place, you will frequently get the flash out of place.

In addition, some buttons are not large enough for you to use them comfortably. The the NEX-5T’s button layout is a little odd.

The Wi-Fi and NFC capabilities are two extra great features, which help you easily make use of wireless data sharing capabilities. Commonly, the battery will drain quickly with such a lot of advanced features in this camera. Fortunately, you will not have to be concerned about this aspect because the battery life with the 5T is surprisingly strong.

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