Sony's NEX-5A packs the photographic power of an SLR into the small frame of a point-and-shoot. Sony uses the same large-format image sensor in the NEX-5A as they do on their full-sized Alpha digital SLRs, which means it can capture cleaner, more dynamic photos and a regular compact camera. Plus, the ability to buy different lenses and switch between them gives you more room for creativity. But it's not just a highly capable still camera. The NEX-5A can also capture gorgeous high-def video clips at 1080i — the same resolution as many HDTV broadcasts. All this sophisticated circuitry is kept safe and sound by the cam's lightweight, durable magnesium alloy body.

Cool features that make it easy to use
It's obvious that Sony put a lot of thought into solving some common photography hang-ups. Just a few examples:

  • Photographing something that's not at your eye level? Use the NEX-5A's tilting LCD screen to get a kid-level portrait of your toddler, or clear shots of the stage over the heads of the crowd.
  • A lot of cameras really struggle with low-light shooting, resulting in blurry, underexposed shots of a cityscape at twilight or a dimly lit dining room. The NEX-5A takes multiple photos in rapid succession, then intelligently combines the best parts of each one to give you one clear, great-looking photo.
  • If a camera's menus are hard to navigate, you might miss your shot while fumbling for the right setting. The NEX-5A's simple control wheel with helpful on-screen tips makes it easy to quickly select the settings you want.

16mm lens — great for group shots and landscapes
The included 16mm wide-angle lens gives you a "zoomed out" view, so you can capture more of the scene in front of you. Take it along to your family reunion to easily get large group shots, or bring it on your next vacation to better capture the enormity of landscapes and cityscapes. This lens's wide maximum aperture also means it's a great choice for clear, blur-free low-light shooting — whether that's Las Vegas at night, or just indoors without a flash.

For more versatile shooting, you can add Sony's 18-55mm SEL lens. Or pick up the A-mount adapter and you can choose from any of the lenses that are compatible with Sony's Alpha SLRs. This camera doesn't come with memory, so you'll need to pick up an SD™ or Memory Stick PRO Duo™ card to save your pictures.

Product Highlights:

  • 14.2-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor (23.4 X 15.6 mm) for rich tonal gradation and true-to-life color
  • includes 16mm f/2.8 lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 24mm)
  • tilting 3" LCD screen with live view for composing shots in real-time and previewing the effects of exposure settings
  • high-def movie mode with sound (up to 1080i @ 60 frames per second)
  • BIONZ® image processor for high-resolution, low-noise photos
  • lightweight, durable Magnesium alloy body
  • Anti-Dust Technology keeps image sensor clean for spotless photos
  • 6-image layering: can take six pictures in under a second, then combine the best attributes of each into one photo to reduce blur and ensure proper exposure
  • 25-area autofocus system for rapid, precise autofocusing
  • "Background Defocus" control lets you easily blur the background
  • supplied detachable, aimable flash gives you greater control over flash angle and intensity
  • face detection adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance for great-looking portraits
  • Smile Shutter™ technology snaps a picture when it detects a smile
  • Sweep Panorama mode
  • 3D Panorama mode: sweep across the panorama, and the camera captures "right-eye" and "left-eye" versions of the image. 3D TV and 3D glasses required to view images in 3D
  • on-screen help guide and shooting tips
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with Sony E-mount lenses
  • compatible with Sony Alpha SLR lenses when used with LA-EA1 lens adapter
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: 2.3 frames per second (up to 7 frames per second in Speed Priority mode)
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 200-12,800
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • flash bracketing: up to 3 frames
  • 8 preset scene modes for accurately exposed images in many different shooting environments
  • flash sync at 1/160 second
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: JPEG (Fine and Standard), RAW, and RAW+JPEG
  • still image aspect ratio options: 3:2, 16:9
  • top JPEG options (pixels): 4592 X 3056 (3:2); 4592 X 2576 (16:9)
  • AVCHD movie files up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 frames per second with stereo sound; MP4 movie files up to 1440 x 1080 resolution at 30 frames per second with mono sound
  • accepts optional SD™, high capacity SDHC™, MultiMediaCard, and Memory Stick PRO Duo memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
  • IR sensor: allows shutter to be remotely activated with optional RMT-DSLR1 wireless remote
  • 4-9/16"W x 2-1/2"H x 1-9/16"D (without lens)
  • weight (without battery or media): 8.1 oz.
  • supplied lens weight: 2.5 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • 16mm Sony lens
  • detachable flash and flash case
  • rechargeable NP-FW50 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger/AC adapter
  • neck strap
  • USB cable
  • software CD-ROM

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These digital cameras combine the creative options of a DSLR with portability that's more like that of a point-and-shoot. Their automatic modes will help you take striking pictures from day one without having to be an expert. However, like DSLRs, compact system cameras (CSCs) have interchangeable lenses, and advanced control and processing. You can explore these features for even better results as you take time to learn more about the hobby. Cameras in this class have large image sensors for beautifully detailed pictures, but their mirrorless design means the camera bodies and matching lenses can be smaller, lighter, and more portable — great for snapping memorable pics when you're on the move.

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What's in the box?

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  • NEX-5 Digital camera body (silver) with SEL16F28 16mm F2.8 lens installed
  • 49mm Lens cap (installed)
  • HVL-F7S Flash unit in a plastic case
  • BC-VW1 Battery charger (8.4V/0.28A)
  • NP-FW50 rechargeable InfoLithium battery (7.2V/1080 mAh)
  • 56" USB cable (has a USB type A connector on one end and a mini USB connector on the other end)
  • Adjustable neck strap
  • Application software CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Sheet
  • Lens & Accessories brochure
  • On-line registration sheet

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Recording Features
Included Lens
Play And Print Functions
Battery Information
Supplied Software

Recording Features

Package Contents: The Sony NEX-5A ultra-thin wide angle lens kit contains the α (alpha series) NEX-5 camera and the SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 E-mount wide angle lens.

Thin Design: The Sony NEX-5 is the smallest interchangeable lens digital still camera in its class. The conventional mirror box, AF sensor, and viewfinder have all been removed, reducing the thickness of the camera considerably. The camera is compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses, such as the included 16mm F2.8 (SEL16F28) wide angle lens and the optional 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 (SEL1855) zoom lens. With the optional LA-EA1 lens adapter, the Sony α (alpha) lenses can be used.

3" Tiltable LCD Screen: The NEX-5 uses a 3" Xtra Fine LCD screen with 921,600 dots. The TruBlack screen has a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections and increase contrast compared to conventional LCDs. The screen tilts down 45° and up 80° to frame high- and low-angle shots. The camera does not have a separate viewfinder.

Versatile Recording Formats: Images can be captured in the following modes:

  • RAW
  • RAW+JPEG (Fine)
  • JPEG (Fine and Standard)

Image Sizes: You can record still images in a 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. The image sizes include:

Aspect Ratio Image Size Resolution
3:2 L: 14M 4592 x 3056
M: 7.4M 3344 x 2224
S: 3.5M 2288 x 1520
16:9 L: 12M 4592 x 2576
M: 6.3M 3344 x 1872
S: 2.9M 2288 x 1280

Movie Recording: The NEX-5 can record High Definition in Full HD 1080 (1920 x 1080) in MPEG-4 AVCHD (H.264). High Definition (1440 x 1080) and Standard Definition (640 x 480) movies in MPEG-4 format with AAC-LC 2-channel audio. Continuous recording is possible for approximately 29 minutes. The following size options are available:

Image Size Average Bit-rate Usage Guidelines
1920 x 1080 17 Mbps Records with high image quality for viewing on a high-definition TV
1440 x 1080 12 Mbps
VGA (640 x 340) 3 Mbps Records in the suitable size for uploading to the web.

Dual Media Options: The NEX-5 accepts three types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo (including Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo) and SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The camera is also compatible with Eye-Fi cards, which can upload images from the memory card wirelessly to your computer via Wi-Fi. Images recorded on SDXC cards cannot be imported to or played on computers or AV devices that are not compatible with exFAT. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card is as follows:

Still Image Capacity based on images taken at L 14M/Aspect Ratio: 3:2:

Size \ Capacity 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
Standard 433 875 1778 3626 7172
Fine 305 618 1258 2569 5083
RAW & JPEG 84 176 362 745 1478
RAW 122 251 514 1054 2089
AVCHD Movie
(1920 x 1080)
0:14:00 0:28:30 0:58:10 1:58:50 3:55:20
MPEG-4 Movie
(1440 x 1080)
0:20:40 0:41:40 1:24:40 2:52:30 7:25:10

Image Sensor: The NEX-5 features an APS-C sized Exmor CMOS HD image sensor (23.6 x 15.8mm). It has approximately 14.6-million total pixels and 14.2-million effective pixels.

SteadyShot: When the optional 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 E-mount lens is attached to the NEX-5, you can turn on the Steady Shot function to reduce the effect of camera shake. You cannot set Steady Shot when the supplied 16mm F2.8 E-mount lens or an A-mount lens is attached.

25-Point AF System: The NEX-5's high-performance auto focus system uses 25 focus points to deliver fast and precise focusing. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:

  • AF/MF Select: You can choose from these three focusing methods:
    • Auto Focus: The camera focuses automatically.
    • Direct Manual Focus: After focusing automatically, you can make fine adjustments to the focus by turning the focusing ring.
    • Manual Focus: You can adjust the focus manually by turning the focusing ring.
  • AF (Auto focus) Mode: You can select between 2 modes:
    • Single-Shot AF: The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down.
    • Continuous AF: The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is pressed and held halfway down.
  • AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 3 settings:
    • Multi: The camera determines which of the 25 AF areas is used in focusing. When Face Detection is active, AF operates with priority on faces.
    • Center: The camera uses the AF area located in the center area exclusively.
    • Flexible Spot: You can choose a focus area from the 25 areas using the controller.

Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.

AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.

Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:

  • Single Shot Advance: Default setting for standard picture taking--shoots one still image.
  • Shooting Continuously: When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records the images continuously at a maximum 2.3 images per second.
  • Speed Priority Continuous: When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records the images continuously at a maximum 7 images per second.
  • Self-Timer: You can set the camera to two different self-timers:
    • 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
    • 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
  • Self-timer Continuous: After you press the shutter button, the camera will continuously take 3 or 5 images after a 10-second pause.
  • Exposure Bracket: The camera can shoot three continuous images with the exposures shifted automatically. This setting shoots images continuously with exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.3 EV or 0.7 EV.
  • Remote Commander: The NEX-5 is compatible with the RMT-DSLR1 Wireless Remote Commander. You can shoot using the SHUTTER and 2SEC buttons on the remote control.

Exposure Modes: The camera offers the following exposure recording modes:

  • Intelligent Auto: The camera analyses the subject, and allows you to shoot with appropriate settings. It recognizes and automatically switches to Night View, Tripod Night View, Night Portrait, Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Portrait, Landscape, or Macro. You can also defocus the background to make the subject stand out.
  • Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject:
    • Portrait: blurs away backgrounds and sharpens the subject; expresses skin tones softly
    • Landscape: shoots the entire range of scenery in sharp focus with vivid colors.
    • Macro: for shooting close subjects such as flowers, insects, dishes, or small goods.
    • Sports Action: for shooting moving subjects outdoors or in bright places.
    • Sunset: for shooting the red of the sunset beautifully
    • Night Portrait: for shooting portraits in night scenes. You should attach and use the supplied flash.
    • Night View: for shooting night scenes without losing the dark atmosphere.
    • Hand-held Twilight: for shooting night scenes with less noise and blur without using a tripod. A burst of shots are taken, and image processing is applied to reduce subject blur, camera shake, and noise.
  • Anti Motion Blur: This mode is suitable for indoor shots without using the flash, to reduce subject blur.
  • Sweep Panorama: You can create a panoramic image from composed images. To shoot, pan the camera horizontally or vertically while holding down the shutter button. You can select two modes of panorama shooting:
    • Standard: Vertical--2160 x 3872; Horizontal--8192 x 1856
    • Wide: Vertical--2160 x 5536; Horizontal 12416 x 1856
  • Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value), while keeping the custom settings for ISO sensitivity, Creative Style, D-Range optimizer, etc.
  • Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
  • Shutter Speed Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
  • Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
  • Bulb (Long Exposure) Shooting: In this setting as long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open. You can shoot trails of light, such as fireworks.

3D Panorama: The NEX-5 is capable of capturing scenic panoramic vistas in 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes display in 3D. A firmware update (from the Sony eSupport website) is required for the 3D feature. 3D viewing requires a 3D-capable TV, a high-speed HDMI cable (supporting at least 10.2 Gbps), and 3D glasses (all sold separately).

Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-2 EV in 1/3-step increments.

AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.

Face Detection: When activated, the camera detects the faces of your subjects and adjusts the focus, flash exposure, and white balance settings automatically. You can also select the priority face to be focused on. You can set Face Detection to Auto, Child Priority, or Adult Priority.

Metering Mode: A 40-segment honeycomb sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:

  • Multi Pattern: This method uses the whole screen divided into 49 segments to measure light.
  • Center Weighted: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measures the average brightness of the entire screen.
  • Spot: This method measures light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.

White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options, and adjust the +/- 3 to fine tune the colors:

  • Auto WB: This mode adjusts the white balance automatically.
  • Daylight: This mode adjusts for outdoors and sunlit subjects.
  • Shade: This mode adjust for shady conditions on a clear day.
  • Cloudy: This mode adjust for a cloudy sky.
  • Incandescent: This mode adjusts for incandescent lighting.
  • Fluorescent: This mode adjusts for florescent lighting.
  • Flash: This mode adjusts for flash conditions.
  • Color Temperature: This mode adjusts the white balance depending upon the light source (color temperature). It achieves the effect of color compensation (CC) filters for photography.
  • Custom: In a scene where the ambient light consists of multiple types of light sources, use of the custom white balance is recommended in order to accurately reproduce the whiteness.

Creative Style: This camera is pre-programmed with image styles optimal for various scenes and purposes. For each setting, you can adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness. You can choose from the following settings:

  • Standard: This setting reproduces various scenes with rich gradation and beautiful color.
  • Vivid: This setting reproduces memorable scenery such as blue sky, sunsets, spring greenery, and autumn leaves with deep and vivid colors.
  • Portrait: This setting accentuates the subject and softly reproduces skin tones.
  • Landscape: This setting reproduces the scenery with vivid and sharp colors.
  • Sunset: This setting beautifully reproduces the red of the sunset.
  • B & W: This setting is for monochrome images.

ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically, depending upon the exposure mode:

  • Auto or Scene Selection: When the exposure mode is set to Intelligent Auto, Scene Selection, Anti-Motion Blur, or Sweep Panorama, the ISO is fixed to Auto.
  • P/A/S: When the exposure mode is set to Program, Aperture Priority, or Shutter Priority, and ISO is set to Auto, the ISO speed is automatically set between 200 and 1600.
  • Manual: When the exposure mode is changed to Manual, the ISO is automatically changed to 200, and you can set it according the shooting conditions. Available ISO settings include 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, and 12800. Auto ISO is not an option in the Manual shooting mode.

Flash: In a dark location, using the supplied HVL-F7S flash allows you to shoot the subject brightly, and it also helps prevent blurred photos due to camera shake. The NEX-5 features a special multi-pin jack for attaching the flash. When attached, you can turn the flash on or off by raising or lowering the flash head. When the flash is attached, it adds approximately 1/2" to the overall height of the camera, and adds 1-1/4" when raised. The NEX-5 offers the following flash modes:

  • Autoflash: In auto mode the flash automatically fires if it is dark or against light.
  • Fill-Flash: In this mode the flash fires every time the shutter is released.
  • Slow Sync: Slow sync shooting allows you to shoot a clear image of both the subject and the background by slowing the shutter speed.
  • Rear Sync: In rear sync mode, the objects illuminated by other light sources are captured first, then the flash is fired right before the exposure is completed.
  • Flash Off: The flash does not fire, even if the flash is raised.

Noise Reduction: The camera offers Long Exposure and High ISO Noise Reduction (NR) to automatically reduce the grainy noise found in photos during long exposures or high ISO settings.

Included Lens

Optics: The Sony E 16mm F2.8 lens is compatible with the Sony α NEX-series interchangeable lens cameras. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24mm, and an 83° field of view for excellent low-light performance. It also has a smooth and quiet Auto Focus operation.

Focusing: The lens can be used in the auto-focus, direct manual focus, or manual focus modes. You can switch between focusing modes in the camera menu.

Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=2.5", Length=1.106" (without lens caps).

Specifications:

Lens E 16mm F2.8
35mm Equivalent 24mm
Angle of View 83°
Minimum Focus 0.79' (9.48")
Filter Diameter 49mm
f-stop f/2.8 maximum
f/22 minimum
Weight 2.375 ounces

Play And Print Functions

Playback Options: You can view images on the LCD monitor with 3 options: with recording data displayed, without recording data, or histogram display. A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera shows the brightness on the horizontal axis (left side is black, right side is white) and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.

Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.

Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.

Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show . During Index View mode, you can view 6 or 12 images at once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.

Image Enlargement: During single image playback you can enlarge an entire image or a select area of an image, depending upon the image size. Small images can be enlarged up to 6.7x, Medium images to 10x, and Large images up to 13x. Once you have enlarged the image, you can pan around the image to view the desired portion.

Rotating Images: Images can be rotated counter-clockwise 360-degrees on the camera's LCD monitor during single image playback.

Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.

HDMI Output: The NEX-5 provides direct mini-HDMI output to your HDTV screen, so you can view and share photos in clarity and detail. You can choose between standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. When connected to a Sony BRAVIA TV, you can control the image playback using the TV remote. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is not supplied.

Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.

  • DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
  • Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
  • Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the supplied "Picture Motion Browser" software and print the images.

Battery Information

InfoLithium Battery: The NEX-5 is powered by the NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. Stamina Battery power allows you to take up to 330 shots on a fully charged battery.

Charging: The supplied InfoLithium battery requires approximately 250 minutes for a full charge, using the supplied BC-VW1 charger. The battery must be fully charged before initial use.

Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway.

Supplied Software

Application Software CD-ROM: The following software is included with the NEX-5:

Picture Motion Browser Ver.5.2: Windows Only

  • Import images shot with the camera and display them on the computer.
  • Organize images on the computer on a calendar by shooting date to view them.
  • Retouch, print, and send images as e-mail attachments and change the shooting date.
  • Print or save still images with the date.
  • You can create a data disc using a CD burner driver or DVD burner drive.
  • You can create Blu-ray discs, AVCHD format discs, or DVD discs from AVCHD format movies imported to a computer.

Image Data Lightbox SR Ver.2.2: Windows and Macintosh

  • Display and compare RAW/JPEG images recorded with this camera
  • Rate the images on a scale of five
  • Set the color labels
  • Display an image in "Image Data Converter SR" and make adjustments to it

Image Data Converter SR Ver.3.2: Windows and Macintosh

  • You can edit images recorded in RAW mode with various corrections, such as tone curve, and sharpness.
  • Adjust images with white balance, exposure, creative style, etc.
  • Save the images displayed and edited on a computer. You can save the image as RAW format, or save it in the general file format.

Windows Requirements:

  • Sony Image Data Suite (Image Data Converter SR and Image Data Lightbox SR):
    • OS Pre-Installed:
      • Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (64-bit editions and Starter editions are not supported)
      • Windows Vista SP2 (Starter edition is not supported)
      • Windows 7
    • CPU/Memory: Pentium 4 or faster is recommended, RAM 1GB or more is recommended
    • Display: 1024 x 768 dots or more
  • Sony Picture Utility (Picture Motion Browser):
    • OS Pre-Installed:
      • Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (64-bit editions and Starter editions are not supported)
      • Windows Vista SP2 (Starter edition is not supported)
      • Windows 7
    • CPU:
      • Minimum: Pentium III 800 MHz or faster
      • Recommended: For playing/editing the movies: Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.20 GHz or faster)
    • Memory: 512 MB or more (for playing/editing HD movies: 1 GB or more)
    • Hard Disk Space: 500 MB or more (for installation)
    • Display: 1024 x 768 dots or more

Macintosh Requirements:

  • USB Connection: OS: Mac OS X (v10.3 to v10.6)
  • Sony Image Data Suite only:
    • OS Pre-Installed: Mac OS X v10.4, v10.5, v10.6 (Snow Leopard)
    • CPU: Power PC G4/G5 series (1.0 GHz or faster is recommended) Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster
    • Memory: 1 GB or more is recommended
    • Display: 1024 x768 dots or more

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Sony NEX-5A

Written By Kyle A, Buffalo, NY on Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Overall a great product, but a bit pricey. Build quality is excellent, and the camera is extremely lightweight. Photo quality is great. Navigating the menus is a bit of a chore due to a lack of physical controls, which isn't normally a problem, but can be frustrating when you need to make a quick change.

Overall a great camera, I would definitely recommend.

Sony NEX-5A

Written By rick, St. Croix VI on Wednesday, August 11, 2010

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Excellent Camera. Has so many of the features of a SLR and more in a nice small package. Pictures are sharp and videos are real nice for a camera. Love the sweep panorama shots. Can't wait for the E18-200mm lens to become available.

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