Sony NEX-5: studio test

Introduction

Before we start talking directly about Sony NEX-5, we would like to once again recall with you the history of the development of cameras of this class – mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses.

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The idea of such devices has been in the air for quite some time. Everyone wanted to finally see the compact with the matrix, like a SLR. But for a number of technical reasons, until recently, it was impossible to make a competitive and functional product. The pioneer of the mirrorless market was Panasonic, which launched the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1 in 2008 . The second mirrorless was the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH1 , which differed from the first only by the possibility of video recording.

Both cameras belonged to the new Micro 4/3 system, developed jointly with Olympus. So there is nothing surprising in the fact that soon mirrorless models from Olympus appeared on the market: Olympus E-P1 and Olympus E-P2 . New items had a stylish retrodesign and a metal case. Panasonic’s symmetrical response is the compact Lumix DMC-GF1.

In general, this began the development of the mirrorless market and could have ended. The new models were convenient and functional, some even inexpensive. However, in general, the new class of equipment turned out to be completely not budgetary. This circumstance was used by two young but extremely strong players in the photo market. At first, the Korean giant Samsung launched the highly successful NX10 at an openly dumped price, comparable to the price of the cheapest DSLR. Trying to answer from Olympus in the face of the budget E-PL1 looked at least not very competitive. However, the outcome of the confrontation between these two models will be largely decided not by technical characteristics, but by multimillion-dollar advertising campaigns that are still in full swing.

Samsung stirred up the mirrorless market, pushed it towards lower prices. But the matter did not end there. In May 2010, the segment of mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses was waiting for another shock: new Sony products appeared: the NEX-3 and NEX-5 models, the field test of which we have already published. In addition to very good characteristics, the cameras were surprised primarily at the price. Now in Moscow, NEX-3 and NEX-5 can be bought at the price of a good compact. What is the catch? Did the manufacturer save on something and lower the price? Or is it outright dumping aimed at total market capture? Let’s try to understand this issue using the Sony NEX-5 test.

*** Key features of the model: * 14-megapixel CMOS sensor format APS-C; * interchangeable optics with Sony E mount; * Burst shooting at speeds up to 7 frames / s; * inclined display with a diagonal of 3 inches and a resolution of 920000 points; * video recording with a resolution of up to 1920 × 1080 with a scan frequency of up to 50/60 frames / s; * Removable flash supplied.

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