The Sony NEX-5T is a new mid-range compact system camera. The only technical difference between the new NEX-5T & last year"s NEX-5R mã sản phẩm is the addition of NFC (Near Field Communication). There"s no set-up needed – simply touch a compatible mobile device against the NEX-5T và a wireless connection is made instantly. Also, the NEX-5T now ships with the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 power zoom kit lens, rather than the 18-55mm f/3.5-6.3, which makes the overall package more compact. Otherwise the NEX-5T is identical to lớn its predecessor, featuring a 16.1 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor, Fast Hybrid phase- và contrast-detect autofocus system, 49-segment exposure meter và 3-inch, 180° tilting LCD panel with 921,000-dot resolution, the NEX-5T also offers a touch-screen interface with a cảm ứng shutter function, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and PlayMemories Camera Apps, an ISO range of 100-25600 and both a mechanical và electronic shutter. The magnesium bodied NEX-5T can also capture fast-moving action at 10fps at full resolution, shoot Full HD 1920 x1080p clip as high-quality AVCHD files, và is supplied with a compact clip-on flash that attaches via an accessory terminal. The Sony NEX-5T is available in silver, đen or white và costs around £600 / $700 with the 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 power nguồn zoom kit lens.

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Ease of Use

The Sony NEX-5T is outwardly identical khổng lồ the older NEX-5R model, save for a name change and the addition of the NFC logo sản phẩm on the side of the grip, so almost all of the comments that we made about that camera apply equally to lớn the NEX-5T. The NEX-5T"s rectangular toàn thân shape & blocky grip is less immediately appealing than the retro finesse of an Olympus Pen or modernist curves of the Panasonic G series. With the supplied 16-50mmm nguồn zoom kit lens attached the NEX-5T looks và feels less vị trí cao nhất heavy than the NEX-5R, which shipped with a bigger, bulkier 18-55mm optic. Compatibility with an existing Alpha DSLR lens proper is also offered with pre-existing optics via the LA-EA2 accessory adapter which allows phase-detection AF with almost all of the A-mount lenses. The NEX-5T does undoubtedly feel solid when gripped in the palm, và with the new kit lens attached it just about fits into most jacket pockets.

The LCD screen can be tilted backwards by 40 degrees and forwards by 180 degrees for arm’s length self-portraits - if not, unfortunately swung outwards at 90° - lớn allow for low & high angle compositions we might not have attempted without. Cảnh báo that fitting the clip-on flash prevents the LCD from being tilted fully forwards. Sony has also included High Definition video shooting at Full HD 1080p at 60fps with stereo sound with the welcome ability to control shutter speed, aperture & exposure compensation during recording. It also features a useful dedicated red camcorder-style clip record button for instant thumb-operated video clip access, while Tracking Focus allows a target object to lớn be selected via the touchscreen LCD, even when the subject is moving, for both stills & video.

The NEX-5T isn"t quite the world"s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera, but at 218g and 38.9mm in depth including its grip or lens mount, it"s hardly a large model. Low light sensitivity without flash also theoretically looks set lớn show rivals a thing or two by ranging from ISO 100 lớn a maximum ISO 25600 equivalent setting. Impressive stuff, and matching the sort of spec we"re used khổng lồ seeing on mid-range DSLRs.

Like Panasonic"s directly competing GF-series (and unlike the Olympus Pens) there"s no in-body image stabilisation offered by the NEX-5T unfortunately, so this is via lens only, the optically stabilized 16-50mm zoom offered as part of a kit giảm giá khuyến mãi for £600 / $700 all-in, a slightly cheaper launch price than the NEX-5R. The main strength of the Sony E 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 PZ OSS lens lies in its portability and better-than-expected – although by no means record-breaking – sharpness.

Sony branding và DSLR-style lens release button aside, all we find on the faceplate is a small porthole-shaped window for the AF assist/self timer lamp, a rectangular CR3 battery-sized and shaped handgrip with a subtly ridged surface for a firmer hold, plus the shutter release và customisable Function button on the forward-sloping edge at its top, the latter by default accessing 6 commonly used options which include autofocus type, autofocus mode, autofocus area, trắng balance, metering mode và picture effects, with 10 other options also available.

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The NEX-5T is turned on or off via a thumb-flick of a chunky, nicely rigid switch which surrounds the shutter release, rather than via the recessed button we usually find on cameras with a smaller khung factor. The thumb-operated control dial that"s partially recessed into the đứng đầu of the NEX-5T makes it easy lớn change key values lượt thích aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation và menu options, và marks a major improvement on the kiến thiết of the older 5N model.

The đứng top plate looks similarly functional rather than fashionable. There"s a dedicated playback/review button and the one-touch movie record button. Press this và the user is instantly recording video, whatever alternative shooting mode might previously have been in use; like the same control found on latter Panasonic G-series & Olympus PEN cameras, this proves essential with regard to spur of the moment filming. Also positioned atop the camera are a left and right (stereo in combination) microphone, each sitting either side of the lens mount, with the clip-on flash/accessory port positioned in between.

Incidentally, should you already have a lens attached, screwing the flash into position proves a tad fiddly, as there"s not much room khổng lồ fit your fingers between the curve of the lens barrel - which stands slightly proud of the top và base of the camera - and the front of the flash, which features a small tightening nut via which it is secured in place. Though the flash can be stored flat to lớn the body to aid portability and adds hardly any additional weight or bulk, when in use the head needs lớn be manually raised at a angle of approximately 45°.

Press the shutter release button down halfway and, after the very briefest of pauses the AF point/s are highlighted in green accompanied by an optional beep of affirmation to lớn indicate that the user is good to continue on & take the shot. The Fast Hybrid AF combines phase- and contrast-detection autofocus methods and is definitely a little snappier and more accurate than the conventional contrast-detection system used by the NEX-5N, but cảnh báo that it"s currently only supported by a few lenses. Bởi so, & in single shot mode khổng lồ the sound of a satisfyingly brief shutter click thanks lớn a release time lag of just 0.02 seconds, a full resolution JPEG is written khổng lồ memory in about 2 seconds.

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As you"d expect in this price bracket, there is the option lớn also shoot Raw files, or even more usefully for those who wish lớn hedge their bets Raw và JPEG images in tandem. These settings are accessed within the Image Size thư mục and are found within the quality sub folder. You also get Fine or Normal compression levels offered for JPEGs.

Not everything on the NEX-5T is located exactly where you might expect it to lớn be found. For example ISO settings are discovered within a Brightness menu option that from the look of the icon that denotes it initially appears lớn be for adjusting screen brightness only. One would reasonably expect ISO adjustment to lớn be found within the Camera thư mục with the other key shooting options. And so there"s a fair amount of familiarisation with the NEX-5T"s quirks required up front.

Shoot mode gets its own virtual dial though - so at least selecting the options here, including standard P,A,S,M, 9-strong scene mode, Anti Motion Blur, Intelligent auto and Sweep Panorama, prove easier. Even in intelligent tự động hóa mode users still have the ability to get hands on to a degree by controlling background defocus, with a half moon shaped indicator appealing on-screen to lớn the side of the scroll wheel, defocus at the bottom of the arc, "crisp" at the top. The NEX-5T offers further controls for Brightness, Color, Vividness and Picture Effects, all part of the so-called Photo Creativity touch interface.

The NEX-5T"s external backplate is a similarly pared-down affair, the majority of it taken up by the 3-inch widescreen ratio angle-adjustable LCD that stretches from base to đứng đầu plate. You can interact with the camera via onscreen icons và menus by touching the screen, và also phối the focus point, handy for off-centre shooting và tracking moving subjects. You can now also fire the shutter as on many rival cameras. Thankfully you don"t have to use the touchscreen at all if you prefer a more conventional approach, as you can still use the external controls khổng lồ fully operate the camera (you can even turn off the touchscreen altogether if you prefer).

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Pop-up FlashTilting LCD Screen

To the right of the screen is a trio of controls - the top & bottom buttons unmarked until the screen is activated, at which point their purpose is detailed alongside it. The top-most control is revealed as the "menu" button, a press of which brings up the shooting icons - seven in total - the contents of we"ve already briefly touched on. Instead of the screen-full of text you might expect lớn be presented with upon press of the thực đơn control, from vị trí cao nhất left to bottom right of screen, presented instead are Shoot Mode, Camera, Image Size, Brightness/Colour, Playback, Application and cài đặt icons.

The user moves through these options and makes selections either via the scroll wheel just below the thực đơn button, which has its own central (and again unmarked) set button, or the new touchscreen interface. As mentioned this wheel is quite responsive lớn the touch, which, on a positive note, means that tabbing through options is a swift process, but on the other hand it"s easy to slip past the setting you actually wanted when hurrying through them as a photo opportunity suddenly presents itself.

Set at four points around this scroll wheel/pad are a means of adjusting the display, ISO speed, exposure compensation (+/- 2EV selectable), & drive mode (single shot, continuous, continuous with speed priority, so focus/exposure fixed from the first shot), or self timer option (2 or 10 seconds). There"s also options lớn enable the camera lớn be utilized with the aid of a remote - sold separately of course - and a bracketing control for exposure.

Disappointingly you have to delve into the Camera main menu system to lớn access the various flash modes. The flash options more unusually include rear sync as well as slow sync, plus the regulars of tự động hóa and fill in. Somewhat confusingly the NEX-5T"s red eye reduction setting isn"t also found here - instead it has khổng lồ be first enabled via the aforementioned cài đặt folder if you"re shooting portraits with flash.

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The bottom button on the camera back provides a means of calling up the wi-fi options. You can wirelessly transfer your photos to lớn a điện thoại or tablet that"s running the không tính tiền PlayMemories mobile app, or directly to a networked PC for easier backup. You can also view on a DLNA-compatible TV via a wireless router, or send them straight from the camera a TV that supports Wi-Fi Direct. The NEX-5T also now features NFC (Near Field Communication) công nghệ (the same công nghệ that"s used for mobile payments), which allows you lớn connect it to a compatible mạng internet enabled device or another NFC-enabled camera by simply tapping them together.

In addition khổng lồ the built-in wi-fi/nfc connectivity, the NEX-5T supports PlayMemories Camera Apps. As the name suggests, this is a downloadable service that lets you add new functionality khổng lồ the camera, either via wi-fi or USB connection. Apps available include Picture Effect+, Bracket Pro, Multi Frame NR, Photo Retouch, Smart Remote Control and Direct Upload, và Sony plans to lớn provide more new apps in the near future. Note that only some of the apps are free.

The NEX-5T provides on-screen shooting tips, via which Sony no doubt hopes to provide a crutch for new users trading up from a bog standard point and shoot compact. Examples of textual advice, complete with small pictorial thumbnail alongside, include "increase the ISO sensitivity khổng lồ make the shutter tốc độ faster", and then, the thoughtful addition: "higher ISO sensitivity may make noise stand out." Hand-holding for those who want it then, while others may feel Sony has wasted one of its very few dedicated buttons on a feature that, like the manual, many will choose lớn ignore.

At the base of the camera we find a metal screw thread for a tripod directly beneath the lens mount, and, in the nether regions of the grip, a compartment storing both rechargeable battery & optional memory card - here Sony reaching out to lớn a wider audience by offering SD/SDHC/SDXC compatibility alongside its own Memory Stick.

While the right hand side of the NEX-5T - if viewing it from the back - features a continuation of the ridged grip but is otherwise devoid of ports or controls, the left hand flank is where users will find a covered port for HDMI connectivity và USB output. Only the USB cable was provided with our reviews sample; there"s no standard definition AV output.

Image Quality

All of the sample images in this reviews were taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting, which gives an average image size of around 5Mb.

The Sony NEX-5T produces photos of excellent quality. Noise is very well handled, being virtually absent from ISO 100-3200 & not being too obvious at the fast tốc độ of ISO 6400. At ISO 12800, noise is more easily detectable when viewing images at 100% magnification on screen, but the images are still perfectly usable for small prints và resizing for website use. The fastest setting of ISO 25600 looks good on the specification sheet, but proves much less so in reality. The RAW samples illustrate just how much processing the camera does by default, though, as they"re much noisier at all ISO values than their JPEG counterparts.

Colours were vibrant without being over-saturated in the default Standard Creative Style, và you can always choose Vivid if you want even more punch. The 11 Picture Effects quickly produce special looks that would otherwise require you khổng lồ spend a lot of time in the digital darkroom, while the 6 Creative Styles provide a quick và easy way khổng lồ tweak the camera"s JPEG images. The Dynamic Range Optimizer and High Dynamic Range modes both work really well, although we"d advise caution over using some of the higher & more extreme levels, while Sony"s now tried-and-trusted Sweep Panorama is still a joy lớn use.

Image stabilisation via the lens is a very useful feature that works well when hand-holding the NEX-5T in low-light conditions or when using the telephoto kết thúc of the zoom range. The 16.1 megapixel images were a little soft straight out of the camera at the mặc định sharpening setting & ideally require some further sharpening in an application lượt thích Adobe Photoshop, or you can change the in-camera setting. The pop-up flash provides an adequate level of exposure & thankfully little or no red-eye.

Noise

There are 9 ISO settings available on the Sony NEX-5T. Here are some 100% crops which show the noise levels for each ISO setting:

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ISO 100 (100% Crop)

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ISO 200 (100% Crop)

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ISO 1600 (100% Crop)

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ISO 25600 (100% Crop)

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Sharpening

Here are two 100% crops which have been Saved as web - chất lượng 50 in Photoshop. The right-hand image has had some sharpening applied in Photoshop. The out-of-the camera images are soft at the default sharpening setting. You can change the in-camera sharpening màn chơi if you don"t like the mặc định look.

Original (100% Crop)

Sharpened (100% Crop)

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File Quality

The Sony NEX-5T has 3 different image chất lượng settings available, with Fine being the highest quality option. Here are some 100% crops which show the unique of the various options, with the file size shown in brackets.

16M Fine (4.96Mb) (100% Crop)

16M Normal (3.50Mb) (100% Crop)
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Flash

The flash settings on the Sony NEX-5T are Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow sync & Rear flash sync, with Red-eye reduction available in the Main Menu. These shots of a trắng coloured wall were taken at a distance of 1.5m.

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Flash Off - Telephoto (82.5mm)

Flash On - Telephoto (82.5mm)

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And here are a couple of portrait shots. Both the auto setting & the Red-eye reduction mode caused a small amount of red-eye.

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Red-eye reduction

Red-eye reduction (100% Crop)

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Night

The Sony NEX-5T"s maximum shutter speed is 30 seconds & there"s also a Bulb mode for even longer exposures, which is excellent news if you"re seriously interested in night photography. The shot below was taken using a shutter speed of 8 seconds at ISO 100.

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Steadyshot

The Sony NEX-5T has an antishake mechanism built into the 16-50mm kit lens, which allows you khổng lồ take sharp photos at slower shutter speeds than other digital cameras. To kiểm tra this, we took 2 handheld shots of the same subject with the same settings. The first shot was taken with Shake Reduction turned off, the second with it turned on. Here is a 100% crop of the image to lớn show the results.

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Shake Reduction Off (100% Crop)

Shake Reduction On (100% Crop)

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Dynamic Range Optimizer

D-Range Optimiser (DRO) is Sony"s solution khổng lồ improve shadow detail in photos taken in contrasty light.

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High Dynamic Range

High Dynamic Range Optimiser (HDR) is Sony"s solution for capturing more contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining two exposures into one image.

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Intelligent Sweep Panorama Mode

The Sony NEX-5T allows you lớn take panoramic images very easily, by "sweeping" with the camera while keeping the shutter release depressed. The camera does all the processing và stitching and now even successfully compensates for moving subjects. The main catch is that the resulting image is of fairly low resolution.

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Creative Styles

There are 6 Creative Style preset effects that you can use to lớn change the look of your images.

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Picture Effects

Just like Olympus & Panasonic, the Sony NEX-5T offers a range of eleven creative Picture Effects.

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HDR Painting

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Miniature

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Sample Images

This is a selection of sample images from the Sony NEX-5T camera, which were all taken using the 16 megapixel Fine JPEG setting. The thumbnails below links to the full-sized versions, which have not been altered in any way.