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Sony NEX5RKB Compact System Camera Zoom Kit - Black (16.1MP, SEL 18-55mm Lens) 3 inch LCD Screen

by Sony
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)



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  • DSLR size 16.1 MP sensor, Wi-Fi, tiltable 180 LCD touchscreen, and Full HD video. With SEL-1855 lens
  • Pro-quality shots with a DSLR sized sensor and 16.1MP
  • Shoot it as soon as you see it, with faster focusing
  • Share pictures and download apps with built-in Wi-Fi
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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)
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  • Product Dimensions: 3.9 x 11.1 x 5.9 cm ; 218 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: NEX5RKB.CE
  • ASIN: B0093FBIIG
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 30 Aug 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,979 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Product Description

Product Description

Sony NEX5RKB Compact System Camera

Large APS-C sized sensor captures more light to give you better images
Large APS-C sized sensor captures more light to give you better images
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At a Glance
  • Pro-quality shots with a DSLR-sized sensor and 16.1 megapixels, all in a compact body
  • Get picture enhancing apps and share your photos with built-in Wi-Fi
  • Shoot the action as soon as you see it, with faster focusing
  • See every angle with a 180° tilting LCD touchscreen
  • Shoot your own movies in stunning Full HD with 1080 50P recording
  • Choose the right lens for the job with 8 interchangeable lenses available
Be sure to catch spontaneous 'blink-and-you-miss-them' moments with fast Hybrid Auto focus
Be sure to catch spontaneous 'blink-and-you-miss-them' moments with fast Hybrid Auto focus
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The NEX-5R might be small, but it takes pictures like a DSLR and with the speed of a DSLR too. Image quality comes first and the NEX-5R has a large APS-C sensor delivering 16.1 megapixel shots and bright clear images in low light. What’s more, with built-in Wi-Fi you can connect to other devices like a smartphone or tablet, share your pictures on Facebook or use your smartphone as a remote control for your camera. You can even download image-enhancing apps that will give you even more ways to get the shot you want.

Size Matters

Great pictures are built with light, so when it comes to picture quality and sensor size, bigger really is better. The NEX-5R comes with a huge, DSLR-sized APS-C sensor. This captures more light than other interchangeable lens cameras and more of the image entering the lens reaches the sensor. The result -- beautifully lit, pro-quality shots at up to 16.1 megapixels.

Check the framing of your shots and control the shutter from your smartphone
Check the framing of your shots and control the shutter from your smartphone
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Unlock your creative potential with the Picture Effects+ App
Unlock your creative potential with the Picture Effects+ App
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Think Fast, Shoot Faster

Be sure to catch blink-and-you-miss them moments with Hybrid Auto Focus technology to capture high-speed action. It locks into focus as fast as a DSLR and takes photos faster too, making it ideal for spontaneous shots, or for high-speed action. So when you're in the velodrome and the bikes are zooming past, you can be sure your photos will be sharp and crisp.

Get More from Your Camera with Wi-Fi Connectivity

With Wi-Fi built-in to the NEX-5R you can instantly upload your photos to Facebook or PlayMemories Online straight from your camera. You have access to a world of apps which give you more ways to get creative with PlayMemories Camera. Find everything from apps for re-touching photos, to a remote control app that lets you use your smartphone to take shots at a distance.

PlayMemories Camera

With 4 apps as standard, and more being added all the time, PlayMemories Camera helps you unlock the potential of such a powerful camera.

For maximum creativity, Picture Effect+ lets you modify images by changing colours, adding textures or including special visual effects – all without a PC. Transform simple shots into works of art using modes such as Toy Camera or Partial Colour. You can even adjust the level of some effects or combine multiple effects for total creative control.

If you want to take group shots, the Smart Remote app removes the hassle of the self-timer - just connect to your smartphone and you can preview the image on your phone screen while using it as a remote to control the shutter. The photo then appears on the phone's screen, so if your friends had their eyes closed you can take another shot right away without having to run back to the camera and set it up again.

Ever had a perfect picture ruined by a passer-by walking in to the edge of the shot, or an awkwardly placed signpost that you can't miss? With the Photo Retouch app you can resize, reframe and tweak the levels, colour and brightness until you get your photos 'just right'

Get the perfect angle for every shot with the 180 degree tiltable touch screen
Get the perfect angle for every shot with the 180 degree tiltable touch screen
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Direct your own movies with High Definition recording for smooth, professional looking videos
Direct your own movies with High Definition recording for smooth, professional looking videos
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When you capture a moment that must be shared or just want to show off your creativity, use the Direct Upload app to send your photos straight to Facebook or PlayMemories Online. Now you don't have to wait until you get to a PC to make your friends wish they were skiing with you.

Explore Every Angle

Looking for a different point of view? A tiltable, touchscreen LCD is fast, intuitive and lets you change settings and find the right mode quickly. Touch anywhere on the screen and the camera will focus automatically and take the shot. And because you can move it up to 180°, it means no more wayward arms in self-portraits, and it's ideal for capturing the perfect shot at difficult angles

Full HD Movies

Direct your own movies with High Definition recording for smooth, professional looking video, thanks to its large sensor. Plus, capture minute detail with razor sharp 1080 50p recording. It knows when you’re shooting in low light conditions and adjusts automatically to make the scene brighter. Plus you can quickly zoom in and out without losing focus, for pro-quality clips. Whether you're taking in the view as you ski down the piste, or capturing the winter robin perched on the snow-capped trees, you will be able to share every detail in vivid, lifelike colour.

Expand Your Horizons

Get the shot you’re looking for in every situation with 8 interchangeable lenses to choose from. Everything from powerful zooms with Optical SteadyShot inside to lenses for ultra-sharp low-light shooting. You’ll find the right lens for every shot.

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SEL1855


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Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
4.8 out of 5 stars
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty impressive 14 Dec 2012
By PT TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Colour Name:Black
Bit strange that the camera has been out for around a month and there has been next to no customer reviews.

I have previously been an amateur Canon DSLR user for years and will always have a soft spot for Canon but what I wanted was something smaller to take away on my travels yet not compromise on photo quality. Canon has a rival to the NEX (Canon EOS M Compact System Camera - Black (18MP, Includes Speedlite 90EX and EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM) 3.0 inch Touchscreen) but it is overpriced and has focusing issues. This Sony NEX 5R however ticks both these boxes. In fact, the NEX-5R is an excellent all-round compact system camera. Physically it is very similar to the previous model - Sony NEX5NKB Compact System Camera Zoom Kit - Black (16.1 MP, SEL 18-55mm Lens) (which Amazon no longer stock), the new 180 tilting LCD screen, faster hybrid auto-focusing, wifi connectivity and downloadable apps are the new features.

I think the best features of the NEX 5R are:
- Lightweight yet solidly built
- Picture quality comparable to other DSLRs
- Very good low light images
- Intuitive menus

To balance the review the shortfalls of the NEX 5R are:
- Small selection of Sony lenses available
- Wifi implementation is functional but not very slick and is obviously the first iteration which will (you hope) improve in future models
- Resistive touch screen (i.e.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everything I hoped it would be and more. 1 July 2013
By Clashcity Rocker VINE VOICE
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Had my eye on a Sony NEX-5 for a while, and was recently in the position to get one, the NEX-5 is now the outgoing model, replaced by the more capable and more functional NEX-5R. So glad I did. I have been over the moon with the results from the camera. It takes superb pictures, even in low light without too much graining and is the perfect size without losing the DSLR performance or the APS-C sensor. It achieves 10FPS in burst shooting mode, managing to maintain focus perfectly. This is really impressive for a camera of this size.

The camera comes with a flash in the kit. It's not built into the camera, it's got a screw in hotshoe, I leave it attached most of the time, as it flips down so as not to take up too much additional space.

One of the must-have features for me is an auto-mode that just takes care of things, I can then had it to the less techy missus and she had no problems taking great pics too. It always gets the focus bang on. Manual modes are obviously well catered for too, and there are auto-scenes and the usual selection of scenes to choose from.

Did some challenging night photography of the northern lights in Iceland and the camera worked well. Used a 30 second exposure and a cheap Joby GP2B Gorillapod Hybrid Tripod and the shots came out great (used my smartphone as a remote control to avoid moving the camera when pressing the shutter). Seeing other nighttime photographers with tonnes of equipment and bulky bags, made me feel like they were missing a trick compared to a modern compact mirrorless like this camera.

What I do like are the add-on apps.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very good 6 Jan 2013
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Nice quality, many settings for shooting in the dark, art-settings, and so on.
A minor comment would be that the flash is not built in, but it keeps you from using it, which is not that bad.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 5R=5N+ 16 Jan 2013
By D Deacon TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Colour Name:Black|Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
It arrived neatly packaged as is Sony's way. It has most of what you need to get shooting. There's no memory card or case, there's a neck strap when a wrist one would be more useful - see optech's wrist strap. The flashgun is the same as the 5N which is a bit fiddley to use and awkward to leave permanently attached - NEX 6 has a pop up.

There are no clicks in movies unlike early 5Ns had. Mind Sony offered to fix that if you contacted them. Still, nice to know they stopped it in the 5R. Still no standard external mic connector; you can buy Sony's own but that's not so good. You could use a Zoom H1 or other and sync later pity you can't record directly through it.

5N and 5R look identical at first sight but the right side buttons have been redone. The top button arrangement is different from the 5N. To make room for the new Control Dial, the on off switch is now with the shutter button, the Playback button is now on top whilst the Movie button stays basically where it was. Sony should make not just the LCD mobile but the whole back with its controls and make the top buttons tactile.

The LCD is slightly more mobile than the 5N (it can be moved vertically upright - handy for shooting yourself) but the LCD is a bit less touch-responsive even using the calibration function. In use, it's much like the 5N and its IQ is about the same.

Sony upgraded the sensor for the 5R to include phase detection (PDAF) to give depth information. It still uses contrast detection in addition. You can see the PDAF area in the middle of the LCD by setting the option in the 'setup' menu. The PDAF has no general observable effect to me - it's not obviously quicker. Since I use mainly old Canon and Pentax manual lenses, it's not much use to me. Video should benefit from PDAF too.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars great pictures
The camera is very nice, makes good quality pics even with auto regime, battery lasts at least for 2 days. Read more
Published 3 months ago by ann
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony NEX 5R
I have had this camera since the beginning of July this year and at first I wasn't so impressed - but its grown on me. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paul Edwards Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth every penny!
Bought this and cannot fault it, it does everything you need and more and delivers pictures of perfect quality, although its a micro SLR its really lightweight and portable.
Published 7 months ago by Miss G. B. Hatton-woods
4.0 out of 5 stars Sony NEX 5R
Nice little camera, reasonably well built. Sony have managed to iron out the problems that NEX 5N has suffered with e.g. Read more
Published 10 months ago by RickJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Big DSLR features in a little package
This camera is just awesome and at a great price of 418, I was going to go for the more expensive version with the power zoom lense but ended up going for the manual zoom lense,... Read more
Published 10 months ago by pgmon
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Images
After a long period away from "serious" cameras, using super zoom point and shoot compacts, I was getting increasingly disappointed with the photos. Read more
Published 10 months ago by rommels cat
2.0 out of 5 stars Best value among the NEX series at its time
----Update on 2nd July 2013----

I lowered the stars from four to two. I find the build quality of SONY is becoming worse and worse. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Madwyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Really Thrilled
Really pleased with the first photos taken with this camera, crisp and great colours. My eyesight is failing so can no longer use a viewfinder, but with the moveable screen I can... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Margaret
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
This camera offers the portability of a point and shoot and the quality of an slr. Excellent investment for a beginner.
Published 12 months ago by Mr. A. A. Akintoye
5.0 out of 5 stars Great image quality
I used to have a Lumix "Bridge" camera, back when it was what everyone had.
Image quality with this new Nex-5R is incomparable. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Gyscos
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