[Sponsored] Sony – NEX-5R user reviews

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I’ve written before about the fact that I’m a Digital SLR camera user, and one of the things that I love about DSLRs is the interchangeable lenses. I love the versatility that brings, being able to take macro shots, or to focus on objects miles away depending on which lens is attached. The downside to SLRs is their size – they tend to be on the large side.

There’s an increasing trend, then, to marry the interchangeable lenses of an SLR with the small body of a compact camera, and Sony’s NEX-5R compact system cameras are one of the results of that trend.

See, in an SLR, there’s a mirror that directs the light from the lens to the viewfinder. The benefit of this is that you see exactly what the lens is seeing, but to take a photo, that mirror has to flip up and out of the way to allow the light to hit the camera’s sensor (where the film used to be in older cameras). That gives a satisfying click, but it does mean there has to be space in the camera’s body for the mechanicals that make that happen.

Compact cameras, with screens instead of viewfinders, have come on leaps and bounds in recent years. The screens are larger and more vibrant than the tiny effort my first digital camera had and, so, are seen as less of a compromise when used in place of a true optical viewfinder (DSLR purists may disagree here!)

And, so, we come to the NEX-5R compact system, which has interchangeable lenses, but does away with the reflex mirror and optical viewfinder. Is it any good? I can’t give you any first-hand experience, but check out some user reviews in the video embedded below:

What I like about the NEX-5R is that it looks stylish, is smaller (and hence easier to carry around) than an SLR, and appears to have plenty of built-in effect and features. I’ve played with other Sony cameras in my time, and I’ve always been impressed with them. I have no reason to believe this would be any different.

What don’t I like? Actually, based on what I’ve seen so far… nothing. I think I will always be an SLR user – I like that click – but I will certainly be checking out the NEX-5R compact system next time I’m browsing the local camera shop.

What do you think? Do you like what you see? Have you tried one of these cameras and can share your experience? Why not let us know your thoughts in the comments?

Sponsored Post on behalf of Sony. I will receive financial compensation for posting this, but be assured that impartiality is important to me. I will always say what I think, even in sponsored posts, and will not accept any offers of paid writing where I am required only to give a positive view.

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