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Sony Alpha NEX-5 launched!




Touted by Sony as the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera, the Alpha NEX5 was launched today in the Philippines.

The Sony NEX-5 sits between Sony’s Cybershot and Alpha dSLR line of cameras. It’s got a small and lightweight body but has an interchangeable lens system so you get SLR-like images with its 14.2-megapixel Exmor APS-C HD CMOS image sensor .

Magnesium Alloy body
3.0″ LCD (angle adjustable 80 degrees up and 45 degrees down)
14.2MP Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor (23.4×15.6 mm)
ISO 200 – 12800
1080i Video Recording (AVCHD, MP4)
25 multi-point Auto Focus
RAW + JPEG
30 secs to 1/4000 sec shutter speed (+ Bulb)
External flash (supplied)
2.3fps continuous shooting (max 7fps @ speed-priority)
HDMI/Video out, USB 2.0
SD/SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Pro-HG Duo

Although the NEX-5 uses E-mount lenses, it is capable of using A-mount lenses with the LA-EA1 adaptor so you can use all the available lenses in the Alpha dSLR line (including Minolta and Konica Minolta AF lenses). You can see the Sony NEX-5 here mounted with a large telephoto lens (300mm SAL-300F28G).

The camera has dual memory card slots so you can use SD/SDHC cards on top of Sony’s proprietary Memory Stick Pro Duo and supports capacities of up to 32GB allowing you to store a lot of those 1080i Full HD videos the camera can record.

Suggested retail price of the Sony NEX-5 is Php37,999 that includes the standard zoom lens (18-55mm f/3.5-5.6).



Abe is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of YugaTech. You Can follow him on Twitter @abeolandres.

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44 Responses

  1. Spidey says:

    I guess that hand is Calvin’s haha!

  2. WOW! I’m going to add this in my wishlist!

    Sana may maawa sakin magbigay ng DSLR ahahahah pero this one really looks awesome, Sir Abe!

    Small but terrible!

  3. sylv3rblade says:

    The fact that it can mount existing Minolta lenses is awesome enough.

    BTW, is the thing that looks like a bendable antenna the built-in flash?

  4. yuga says:

    @sylv3rblade – it’s actually a detachable flash.

    @tristan – lakasan mo panalangin mo. heheh

  5. Teknisyan says:

    Heheh… this is a real nice… looks like a hybrid with detachable lens.

    btw.. any news if they’ll market the new Sony α390 and α290?

    http://www.teknisyan.net/2010/07/sony-390-and-290-entry-level-dslr_04.html

  6. manong says:

    hayy! why is it when u buy something, it instantly becomes old?

    dslr will become obsolete next year…

    http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/06/canon-wonder-camera-concept-promises-single-lens-perfection-vid/

  7. Mon Macuto says:

    @Teknisyan,

    worthless blog you have there

  8. Crab [email protected] says:

    @Mon Kuto:
    Wow, as if yer blog is a sight to behold! Credit goes to you though, instead of becomin a stalker like most of you abused kids grow up to be, you created an award worthy site, very original indeed (NOT).. Downing others won’t make you GREAT so do us a favor Mon MAKUTO, keep your comments to yourself if you got nothin’ positive to say.

    Mon Macuto replied on Jul 7th, 2010 at 2:23 am (7)

    @Teknisyan,

    worthless blog you have there

  9. Teknisyan says:

    @Crab

    Thanks to you as well! :)

  10. sylv3rblade says:

    @Sir Abe
    Is it a dedicated unit (not included with the actual package)? Can we use the flash with any other camera?

    It’s in interesting add-on either way.

  11. Adrian says:

    wow ang ganda. lalo na yung lens :)

  12. yuga says:

    @sylv3rblade – read up on Calvin’s first impressions at PTB: http://www.pinoytechblog.com/archives/sony-alpha-nex-5-first-impressions

  13. Ian says:

    now that’s a camera! haha! no need for apature or shutter settings LOL

  14. beef says:

    @manong
    the only people who say that DLSRs will become obsolete (next year at that?) are the ones who don’t use or appreciate them. Engadget is a tech site, not a photography site. They couldn’t care less about the utility of the gadget they just care about the tech used in it.

    Not to say that tech isn’t great, there is room for both tech that makes things easier for people as well as gear that just works and produces great results for those who know how to use them.

    So even though the “common tao” may think that DSLRs will die someday, but really, these are the same guys who never knew what an SLR was before they became digital. But photographers were still using them pa rin anyway. (and they still do actually). Yes they also have compacts, and point and shoots, but they will still have their SLRs for when it needs to count.

  15. sylv3rblade says:

    @beer
    heh.. engadget doesn’t even know that it’s not the number of megapixels a camera has that matters :)

    +1

  16. Teknisyan says:

    @ beef
    i agree but i think they’re just adding spice to the story.

  17. Mon Macutay says:

    Abe, please take note that someone is impersonating me. You can check this reply’s IP address. That’s the real me.

    I’m sorry if you and your readers thought it was me. I just want to clear my name, reputation and of my blog.

    Thanks,
    M

  18. beef says:

    @teknisyan
    you’re probably right; it’s probably “spice”..

    being an engineer though, I prefer accuracy (or at the very least actual experience)to “palabok” and guessing. The internet being what it is, so many people (for example, 14 year old kids)can say something they have no idea about and someone’s bound to believe it as “gospel”.

    next thing you know, people start to think things that were here-say are fact unfortunately.. aaahh.. Off topic na.. my apologies..

  19. beef says:

    para on topic.. hehe

    I actually like the NEX-5, if only for it’s video mode (on paper). Okay, Okay, I also like the way it looks and feels, got to hold one at a gadget shop last weekend (infosys ba yun?).. yes just hold, not take shots as it wasn’t powered.

    IF I had one, I’d probably use it a lot. To be honest though, for places where I expect to get good pictures (read as “possibly contest worthy”), I’d still bring my DSLR, bulky as it is.

  20. Teknisyan says:

    @beef

    yeah… people think that what they read on the net are all true… like what they say “If it’s too good to be true, that means it’s not”. Anyhow, “THAT” Mon or whoever he is have a good life”

    Sorry for the off topic. :)

    Anyhow what’s good about Sony camera’s specially those that uses detachable lenses, more often than not are compatible to Minolta and Konica Minolta AF Lenses.

  21. Teknisyan says:

    @beef

    A lot of people think that what they read on the net are all true… like what they say “If it’s too good to be true, that means it’s not”. Anyhow, “THAT” Mon or whoever he is have a good life.

    Sorry for the OT.:)

    Anyhow what’s good about Sony camera’s specially those that uses detachable lenses, more often than not are compatible to Minolta and Konica Minolta AF Lenses.

  22. so is this the smallest camera with a APS-C image sensor?

  23. ipad case says:

    wow, this is nice , dying to own one then take a pictures in the mirror .. cause i like it so much

  24. manong says:

    @beef

    funny as it is, SLR is a technology NOT photography. gets mo?

    SLR replaced TLR in the ’70s then became digital in the ’90s.

    2 yrs ago, mirror-less interchangable lens cameras were introduced w/c eliminates most of the advantages of DSLR while also do not have its disadvantages.

    check d meaning of obsolete… it comes w/ the age of the user (does your lolo uses micro four thirds? hehehe!)

    same features, big difference in price and weight? saan ka pa!

    “anything you buy today becomes obsolete tomorrow”

  25. manong says:

    @teknisyan

    “A lot of people think that what they read on the net are all true”

    but a lot of people also don’t read in the net :p

    truth is a perception to every man… that’s why we have lie detectors… and guns!

  26. Mark Uy says:

    I Want One!!!!

  27. lolipown says:

    looks like someone needs some reading comprehension

  28. beef says:

    @manong;
    Yes, yes, gets ko.. i hope i did not ruffle your feathers in my first post, meaning if it came out as a critique, it wasn’t.

    yep, i pretty much understand what you’re saying, as i’m into camera’s among other things. But i still disagree that DSLRs will become obsolete, maybe a particular model will, being replaced by a newer one, but the DSLR itself, i doubt it.

    I am a fan of micro four thirds, but having tried a friend’s, i still think my DSLR is faster;.. faster focus, faster response, faster shot to shot.. not to mention i can get 500 plus shots from one charge, and for the same specs, currently, mas mahal pa rin yung m4/3.. the photo’s themselves though are amazing. but really, most times its capturing what you see that’s the problem, and in those times, the faster your camera, the better your chances of getting that shot.

    So smaller, lighter.. sure.. pero performance and price for what you get.. DSLR pa rin. (note that you don’t need top of the line DLSRs to get the performance you need from a casual shoot).. again, on paper, same features, maybe better, but the real test is when you actually use it, does it meet your needs? It’s not for everyone, but it definitely is for some people. oh, but i also have point and shoots and a pro-sumer model (sony too!) and i use them all.

    again, not a critique, just my 2 cents. haba. yoko na.. =)

  29. manong says:

    @beef

    btw, i’m talking about EVIL not MFT…

    i might be wrong if i said next year (maybe 2-3 yrs)but just like you said, the difference in performance/features is almost/nearly non-existent now… what more in the next year or so?

    and the cost to manufacture is much cheaper than dslr, including lenses. nywy, wait and see na lang tayo kung kelan going the betamax way ang dslr…

    http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/news/olympus_e_system_mirrorless_in_two_years_probably_news_295133.html

  30. Hi, Would you know where I can get one? Please. Thanks! :)

  31. Markie says:

    Teknisyan:
    Anyhow what’s good about Sony camera’s specially those that uses detachable lenses, more often than not are compatible to Minolta and Konica Minolta AF Lenses.

    Me: Konica Minolta is now owned by Sony. Kaya po ganun yung Nex-5.

    …nakikisawsaw lang sa usapan nyo na nakaka-aliw.

  32. beatmaster02 says:

    Can you please tell me where to get one of this here in the Philippines? Thanks

  33. ey_ar25 says:

    hey i think they are available now at sony shops one i think is at cyberzone in sm north edsa:) im kind of thinking of buying this too because i hate carrying large stuff around my neck cuz its hard for a slightly vertically challenged (not that pandak!!) girl to carry it around all the time but im thinking if I really want to compromise speed/quailty for portability…also i heard that it drains the battery a lot faster maybe because the lcd is always on.. hope this somehow helps:)

  34. chickboy says:

    gort my sony alpha nex-5 double lens kit at singapore first week of august for SG$1,299.00 then i was able to refund 5% GST, later in the evening used it at the marina bay sands skypark without using the lens… the results was great.. love it..

  35. chickboy says:

    gort my sony alpha nex-5 double lens kit at singapore first week of august for SG$1,299.00 then i was able to refund 5% GST, later in the evening used it at the marina bay sands skypark without using the lens… the results were great.. love it..

  36. chickboy says:

    oooopppss… got my nex-5 pala last July 19… ;-)

  37. gie says:

    @chickboy what store did you purchased your nex 5? will be in SG on Oct.plan to buy that dslr. What comes with the package. Thank you.

  38. Mark Uy says:

    Bought the camera and loving it!

  39. maria_PH says:

    Hi. Does anyone know where to buy the lenses for this cam? I have one but it came with the pancake lens which sadly does not have zoom functionality. I would really love to maximize its use!

  40. chase says:

    Anung pinagkaiba ng Nex-3 sa Nex-5?

  41. nonoy says:

    Sony is a great camera. But I still don’t know the other capabilities. I own a Sony cybershot dsc-wx1. Does this also have same capabilities and advantages as Sony Alpha NEX? Hope you can make a review about Sony cybershot Dsc-Wx1. Thanks.

  42. Mark says:

    how much is this now a year after?

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