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Sony Alpha NEX-5R: Digital Photography Review

The NEX-5R isn't a NEX-7 by any means, but it's finally added a couple of features that make it more attractive to keen photographers - namely a dedicated function button and control dial. These may essentially be an extension of the level of control that the 5N already offered, but devoting more space to external controls shows that Sony expects the users to actually use these functions. The biggest technology advance on the NEX-5R is the addition of a modified sensor with pixels devoted to performing phase-detection to provide a hybrid autofocus system. The phase-detection pixels are used to determine depth information about the focus target, which means the camera has to perform less hunting. Not Sony NEX-5R Digital Camera on the NEX-5R is located exactly where you might expect it to 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 to be for adjusting screen brightness Sony NEX-5R Digital Camera.

One would reasonably expect ISO adjustment to be found within the Camera folder with the other key shooting options. And so there's a fair amount of familiarisation with the NEX-5R's quirks required up front.

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Even in intelligent auto 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 the side of the scroll wheel, defocus at the bottom of the arc, 'crisp' at the top. The Sony NEX-5R Digital Camera 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 top plate.

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You can interact with the camera via onscreen icons and menus by touching the screen, and also set the focus point, handy for off-centre shooting and tracking moving subjects. You Sony NEX-5R Digital Camera now also fire the shutter as on many rival cameras.


Sony NEX-5R Digital Camera 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 to fully operate the camera you can even turn off the touchscreen altogether if you prefer. Pop-up Flash Tilting LCD Screen To the right of the screen is a trio of controls - the top and bottom buttons unmarked until the screen is activated, at which point their purpose is detailed alongside it.

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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. The user moves through these options and makes selections either via the scroll wheel just below the menu button, which has its Sony NEX-5R Digital Camera central and again unmarked set button, or the new touchscreen interface.

As mentioned this wheel is quite responsive to the touch, which, on a positive note, means that tabbing through options is a swift process, but on the Sony NEX-5R Digital Camera hand it's easy to slip past the setting you actually wanted when hurrying through them as a photo opportunity suddenly presents itself. There's also options to enable the camera to 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 access the various flash modes.

The flash options more unusually include rear sync as well as slow sync, plus the regulars of auto and fill in. Somewhat confusingly the NEX-5R's red eye reduction setting isn't also found here - instead it has to be first enabled via the aforementioned Setup folder if you're shooting portraits with flash. Memory Card Slot Battery Compartment The bottom button on the camera back now provides Sony NEX-5R Digital Camera means of calling up the new wi-fi options. You can wirelessly transfer your photos to a smartphone or tablet that's running the free PlayMemories Mobile app, or directly to a networked PC for easier backup. As the name suggests, this is a downloadable service that lets you add new functionality to the camera, either via wi-fi Sony NEX-5R Digital Camera USB connection.

Note that only some of the apps are free.


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