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Sony NEX5KB Alpha Compact System Camera - 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens - Black

by Sony
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • 14.2 megapixels Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor - Large (APS-C size) image sensor captures very high resolution, low noise images with the quality of a DSLR camera: also supports HD video shooting
  • 1080i HD movie - One-touch movie record captures crisp, detail-packed AVCHD video clips and stereo sound for enjoying on connected BRAVIA® TV
  • Sweep Panorama with 3D - Capture extra-wide images and view in 3D on compatible TV (3D requires firmware update July 2010).
  • .5cm/3" tilt-angle TruBlack LCD - Photo-quality (921k dot) screen with TruBlack technology for bright, extremely high contrast image preview
  • High speed burst shooting - Capture fast-moving action with rapid burst shooting up to 7 frames per second (fixed AF)
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Sony NEX5RL Interchangeable Lens Camera - Black (16-50mm, Wi-Fi, 16.1MP) 3 inch LCD Sony NEX5RL Interchangeable Lens Camera - Black (16-50mm, Wi-Fi, 16.1MP) 3 inch LCD 4.1 out of 5 stars (13)
£489.99
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 11.1 x 5.9 cm ; 227 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
  • Item model number: NEX5KB.CEH
  • ASIN: B003OUX6TA
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jun 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,605 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

There was a time when you had to choose between true photographic quality and carefree shooting spontaneity. One generally came at the expense of the other. But things have changed. Now the revolutionary new Sony α NEX-5 delivers interchangeable-lens creative freedom and SLR-class image quality in a stylish, ultracompact package. Despite being the world's lightest, most compact interchangeable lens camera you can enjoy the creative flexibility and individual touches that were once restricted to larger, bulkier cameras. Not only will you be able to shoot high quality, impressive photos but its new technologies and unique features actually take it beyond traditional DSLRs. The NEX-5 combines the thoroughbred heritage of the Sony α digital SLR system with outstanding operating ease and Full HD movie recording.


The powerful NEX5 offers richly-
detailed 1920 x 1080 Full HD movie
recording. Get shooting in an
instant with the dedicated MOVIE
button.
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Rich tonal gradation and true-to-life colour
The NEX-5 has a powerful new 14.2-megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor, which has been specially tuned to deliver uncompromising still-photo and movie image quality. The sensor is the same size and delivers the same performance as those used in Sony's acclaimed α system digital SLR cameras so you can feel confident you'll get exceptionally rich tonal gradation and true-to-life colour as well as clean, low-noise signal output and ultra high-speed data transfer.

1080i Full High Definition movie recording
Not only does the NEX-5 offer you SLR image quality but it (and its sister camera the NEX-3) is the first Sony interchangeable-lens camera to offer movie recording. The NEX-5 offers big, beautiful 1920 x 1080 Full 1080i High Definition image quality with the high capacity of the AVCHD recording format. Its high-speed, low-noise Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor is large enough to capture background defocusing effects while its ultra-quiet E-mount lenses help keep AF motor noise off your movie soundtrack. Once you've shot your HD movies, in AVCHD or 720p MP4 format, it's easy and convenient to post video clips onto your blog or video-sharing websites.

High resolution Sweep Panoramas
Imagine you're standing in front of an incredible, immense view and you want to capture its scale and grandeur. Just choose Sweep Panorama from the Shoot Mode menu. It's beautifully simple to use: just press the shutter button and sweep the camera from side to side, or up and down. The camera will take a series of photos at high speed and seamlessly stitch them together into a single panoramic image of breathtaking beauty, with all the resolution and image detail you need for large-format printing.


The NEX range's SLR-class noise-
reduction technology gives you the
freedom to capture colourful photos
in low light, even without a tripod or
flash.
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New, easy-to-use menu system
The main menu is completely intuitive so you won't have to go scrabbling for the manual every five minutes. It features six clearly labelled icons that can be selected simply by rotating and pressing the control wheel. Inside, standard scrolling menus provide quick access to settings for shooting and playback functions, as well as a host of other preferences and camera settings. The wide-screen format of the LCD monitor also helps to enhance the menu's legibility, so text and icons are always easy to see and select.

Built-in help guide
The NEX-5 guides you every step of the way. A popup window appears each time you select a mode or you scroll through menu items with the control wheel. This window contains helpful information on each item or function to help you take better pictures without fuss.

These simple on-screen guides make the camera brilliantly easy to use. They also make navigation completely clear as you'll always see which functions are in use at any time.

Shooting tips to help you boost your skills
Built-in shooting tips can help you get the most out of any given shooting situation or mode selection. As well as tips on particular types of subject and scene you'll find advice on general photographic techniques. You can access the entire library of shooting tips via the Camera menu so you'll always have a complete photography tutorial on hand.

High resolution LCD display
The camera's large, tilting 3-inch (921K) Xtra Fine LCD widescreen monitor has LED backlighting and a stunningly crisp high resolution display so it's crystal clear for you to see your subjects and review your shots. Viewing and focusing is also made easier by Sony TruBlack technology, which cuts reflection and glare with a special anti-reflective resin layer, as well as anti-reflective film. So, however bright the weather, you'll be able to see vibrant colours and deeper, richer blacks.

Interchangeable lenses for added flexibility
The beauty of SLR photography is the ability to change lenses to match your shooting situation. Now that option is available on a compact camera. The NEX-5 gives you a choice of dedicated, small, light E-mount lenses. And, with the LE-AE1 adaptor (sold separately) you can extend your choice to over 30 A-mount lenses.

Rich realism made simple
Auto HDR mode allows you to capture evenly exposed photos even in the most challenging lighting conditions like sunsets, backlit cityscapes, and other dramatically lit scenes. It achieves a super-realistic range of shadow and highlight detail by taking three exposures in rapid succession; one to capture a normal exposure, one to capture shadows, and one to capture highlights. The three exposures are then digitally combined into a single stunning image that's saved along with the normal exposure. If you want even greater creative control, you can set the Auto HDR exposure range in six steps, from 1.0EV to 6.0EV, to get the precise effect you want.

Box Contains

  • Kit Lens E 18-55mm
  • Lens hood
  • Lens cap
  • Flash
  • Case for flash
  • Battery Charger BC-VW1
  • Power cord expect U2,CA2
  • Rechargeable Battery NP-FW50
  • Shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • CD-ROM


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    Customer Reviews

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews
    155 of 157 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Professional photographers review. 22 Aug 2011
    Hi folks- if you can't be bothered reading the whole review here's the synopsis...

    It's one of the best cameras I've owned. I love it. I was a travel photographer for a few years would have killed to have had this instead of my bulky Nikons!! PLEASE read through to the end, because there is a facet to this camera I haven't heard anyone mention yet and it's the reason I gave it full marks and took the time to review it. Thanks!

    Now for the review!
    IMAGE QUALITY-
    This depends on so many factors, chip size and performance, lens quality, settings etc. We will start with the chip. It's a full size DSLR chip at the end of the day so that speaks volumes in terms of performance. I've shot all kinds of stuff, from hideously bright and contrasty scenes to real pushin' my luck dark shots and it's taken everything in it's stride. The sensor works brilliantly. Images have masses of detail, low noise at high ISO, great colour. THE LENSES are pretty good. I got the kit lens and the 16mm pancake. both very good. I am using both of them professionally so that's gotta tell you something I hope. Very little barrel distortion with either lens. (Just a pointer- you know when you look at lens reviews on websites and they have photo's of straight lines etc to demonstrate lens performance? Just take a look at some of their PROPER photographs. they're generally abysmal. These guys are just camera geeks in my experience....You can worry too much about "distortion" and the like but don't be fretting about NEX-5 image quality. It's great.) The 16mm lens has a liiiiiiitle bit of fringing at the extremities and loses some of it's sharpness at the edge but all the images are fine to A4. If you want perfectly sharp all the way across you ain't gonna get it for £500. sorry.
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    137 of 139 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Quality Camera 24 Jun 2010
    I have a Canon 5D as well as a 450d, but for quite sometime, I'd been looking for a camera that's portable, but doesn't sacrifice the quaility & versatility of my SLR's. I've been using the Nex 5 for just over a month now and have taken around 600 shots and they are excellent quality. Both indoor & outdoor shots have been great - detail is sharp and colours are vivid. The movies are also amazing - I've taken outdoor video so far - handheld and whilst it can be tricky keeping the cam steady, it does take full 1080 video that comes out with amazing detail.

    Uisng the panoramic mode is quick & easy and saves the photoshopping of old and the results are very good, all you have to do is enter panoramic mode and choose which way you would like to pan the camera - up / left / right then just click the shutter and pan across.

    I also ride a bike and do a lot of group riding. This means that I'm forever taking 'action' shots of bikes speeding past and I need a cam that's capable of fast bursts. Again the NEX 5 fulfils this role admirably and captures the moment. With no 'lag' between pressing the shutter control and taking the shot.

    I bought the 18-55mm + 16mm lens and to be honest have only been using the 18-55mm as it gives me more versatility, however I'm thinking that the 16mm will be good for video, as it's at a fixed length that's wide enough to capture anything that I'm shooting.

    Overall, it's worth the cash, the all metal body gives a reassuringly quality feel to the NEX 5 and whether it's an upgrade from a smaller cam or as a a second cam to a DSLR and I can give it a full five stars.
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    49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Sony NEX-5 7 Sep 2010
    By S. Thomas #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
    I reluctantly started to take photographs digitally around six years ago when my Dad said he felt the quality of pictures could potentially match those of my Olympus SLR. I am now on my third digital camera and feel very happy to have converted.

    I have a Sony F828, which takes great photographs but is bulky. I also have a Sony camcorder, which takes good video but is similarly bulky. Combine the wish to take photographs with video and you end up with a rucksack full of photographic equipment before you go anywhere. Another change was therefore called for. I decided to get the Sony NEX-5 with 18-55mm and 16mm lens.

    The main reason for purchasing the NEX-5 was its size. It is very compact, lightweight and can easily be stowed away in luggage. The quality of the pictures is fantastic. The supplied battery was able to take 30 minutes of HD video footage and around 100 photographs before it fell below 50% capacity; it had sufficient charge to allow me to spend a full day out sightseeing without running out. I have got a spare battery `just in case' but so far have not needed to change over to use it, even though I take a lot of photographs in a day.

    The camera is incredibly easy to use. I took some test shots in my home as soon as the battery had charged (which did not take long); the shots were exposed as though they had been taken with a flash (they were not), even though a brightly lit window featured in more than 50% of the shot my messy desk was perfectly exposed for all to see. The panoramic pictures are a bit gimmicky but good results can be achieved with a bit of perseverance and once you get the hang of it, the joins are difficult to see.
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