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Sony Alpha 16.1 Megapixel Black Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera With SEL 1855 Lens - NEX-5RK/B

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APS-C Size HD Image Sensor/ Fast Hybrid AF/ Full HD Movies At 60p/60i/24p/ Wi-Fi Sharing/ 180-Degree Tilt-Able 3.0 " Touch LCD/ Picture Effect Mode/ 6-Image Layering/ Photo Creativity Touch Interface/ Clear Image Zoom/ High Dynamic Range (HDR)/ Sweep Panorama Technology/ Face Detection Technology/ Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)/ Dual Format Media Card Slot/ Anti-Dust Technology/ Black Finish
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Sony Alpha 16.1 Megapixel Black Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera With SEL 1855 Lens, Model NEX5RKB

Shoot and share DSLR-quality photos online, straight from the camera. With built-in Wi-Fi®, the NEX-5R even lets you download camera apps for endless creative possibilities. And the 16.1MP APS-C size sensor delivers breathtaking stills with pro-grade defocused backgrounds. All this and more in a camera that’s about half the size of a DSLR.


  • 16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor
    The same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot image sensor, APS-C sensor size makes the difference between “snapshots” and “photographs,” delivering an exceptional combination of high resolution, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds
  • Fast Hybrid AF
    Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF combines two technologies for outstanding performance: Phase detection auto focus for quick response that is ideal when tracking fast-moving subjects and contrast-detection auto focus for added precision. A perfect match that delivers optimal Auto Focus for fast, precise focusing in any scene
  • Full HD Movies1 at 60p/60i/24p
    Capture HD Movies in your choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920x1080 resolution.1 AVCHD™ codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web
  • Wi-Fi® Sharing
    Wi-Fi® capability – a first for Alpha-series – lets users transfer photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile™ app. Wi-Fi capability allows for sharing, viewing and saving photos for expanded photo-shooting enjoyment. Photos can be easily transferred to smartphones and tablets, viewed on large screen TVs or saved to PC’s
  • PlayMemories Camera Apps
    Supports PlayMemories Camera Apps, the world’s first application download service that lets users install new camera functions as needed
  • 180-degree tilt-able 3.0” Touch LCD
    The NEX-5R is equipped with a tilt-able LCD screen that flips up 180-degrees without sacrificing the compactness for which the 5-series is renowned for. This makes taking great self-portraits incredibly easy since users can precisely compose shots, choosing to include people or objects in the frame for more satisfying results
  • Control Dial
    Control dial, Fn (function) button and touch screen (including touch shutter function) greatly facilitate operation and getting the shot that much easier
  • Picture Effect mode
    There are 7 types (11 variations) of picture effects to choose from: Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color(R), Partial Color(G), Partial Color(B), Partial Color(Y), High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera. Each is unique and each give you a new and exciting way to make your images and videos pop
  • 6-image layering
    The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. The camera then combines the data from the 6 different images up to ISO 25600 to create a single image. This method is used to control blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode or to get cleaner, sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode
  • Photo Creativity Touch interface
    The Photo Creativity touch interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression of SLR-quality digital imaging without the complicated settings. Changes can be easily made using the control dial with results seen in real time on the LCD. Settings include; Background Defocus, Brightness, Color, Vividness and most Picture Effects
  • Auto Portrait Framing
    Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides beautifully composed and appealingly balanced full resolution portraits
  • Clear Image Zoom
    Utilizing Sony’s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you’re using providing greater shooting flexibility
  • Convenient USB charging
    Easily recharge the camera via USB charging. Simply connect the bundled USB cable and recharge the battery without removing it from the camera, either via AC outlet or PC connection
  • Multi-interface terminal
    Multi-interface Smart Accessory 2 shoe greatly expands the connectivity options such as external flash units
  • Auto HDR built into camera
    High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • Sweep Panorama™ Technology
    Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (18mm focal length)
  • Fast Auto Focus
    Some cameras in this class are slow to focus. That can make you miss the shot on fast-moving subjects like sports and unpredictable subjects like pets and babies. Sony’s fast Contrast Auto Focus system typically takes as little as 0.3 seconds and also offers continuous Auto Focus when shooting movies
  • Peaking AF display
    The Peaking AF display makes precise manual focusing much easier by highlighting the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focal plane can make or break your shot
  • Manual Focus Assist
    Greatly magnifies the viewfinder image when you touch the focus ring, making it easy to get razor-sharp images. Works with E-mount lenses only
  • Enhanced Tracking Focus
    Tracking Focus continuously tracks a user-designated subject and is now more effective at tracking people. If the subject turns away from the camera, face-detection tracking automatically switches to subject tracking and continues tracking
  • Face Detection Technology
    The camera can automatically detect up to eight individual faces and adjust focus, exposure, white balance and flash to help deliver crisp, properly lit images of family and friends. Can prioritize children or adults
  • Smile Shutter™ technology
    Captures a smile the moment it happens. Simply select the Smile Shutter™ mode and the camera takes the picture automatically. You can prioritize children or adults and adjust the smile sensitivity
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)
    Improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off
  • Six Creative Style settings
    Control how the camera processes your images with six finishing styles: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset and B&W. You can even fine-tune contrast, saturation, and sharpness to your personal taste
  • PhotoTV HD compatibility
    Optimizes compatible BRAVIA® televisions for gorgeous display of digital pictures
  • Dual Format Media Card Slot
    For cost-effective, convenient storage and sharing of your images, the camera accepts Memory Stick PRO Duo™/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ and SD/SDHC media (Class 4 or higher recommended), (Memory card is required, all are sold separately)
  • Anti-Dust Technology
    Dust on the image sensor leads to blemishes in the picture. To protect the sensor, Sony incorporates an advanced ultrasonic system, which effectively shakes dust off the sensor surface



  • Face Detection: On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off, Face Selection (maximum 8 detectables)
  • Smile Shutter™ technology: Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
  • Tracking Focus: Yes (object tracking)
  • Auto High Dynamic Range: Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
  • Shooting Tips: Yes
  • Sweep Panorama: Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical (Wide/Standard)

Auto Portrait Framing

  • Still images: Yes


  • Lens Compatibility: Sony E-mount lenses
  • Camera Type: Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera


  • Self Timer: Yes (3 sec delay/Off selectable)
  • Still Image Playback Options: Single, 6/12-frame index view, Enlarged display mode, Panorama (Standard), Panorama (Wide): 34x), Auto Review, Image orientation, Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection, Delete, Protect
  • Video Playback Options: Forward/Rewind

Drive System

  • Burst Buffer: Fine: 15 frames, Standard: 16 frames, RAW:11 frames, RAW&JPG: 10 frames
  • Continuous Shooting Speed: Continuous (up to 3 fps), Speed Priority (up to 10 fps)
  • Drive Mode: Single-shot, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority continuous shooting, Self-timer, Bracketing, Remote Cdr
  • Flash Sync Speed: 1/160s
  • Self-timer: 2s or 10s delay (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)
  • Shutter Speeds: Still images: 1/4000 to 30s (Bulb). Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter)
  • Shutter Type: Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type

Exposure System

  • Picture Effect(s): 11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature
  • Auto Exposure Lock: AE is locked when the shutter button is half pressed (ON/OFF is available in MENU)
  • Creative Style: Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))
  • Exposure Bracketing: With 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, 3EV increments, 3 frames
  • Exposure Compensation: Still images: +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps), Movies: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
  • Exposure Settings: iAUTO, Superior Auto, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, Scene Selection
  • ISO: Still images: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-25600) Movies: Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-6400)
  • Metering: 1200-zone evaluative metering
  • Metering Modes: Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
  • Metering Sensitivity: 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens)
  • Noise Reduction: Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)
  • Scene Mode(s): Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
  • White Balance Mode: Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem (2500 to 9900K), C.Filter (G7 to M7,A7 to B7), Custom


  • Flash Compensation: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
  • Flash Coverage: FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
  • Flash Metering System: Pre-flash TTL
  • Flash Modes: Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Rear Sync., Flash Off
  • Flash Type: External flash (supplied) attachable to Smart Accessory Terminal "Smart Terminal II" (sold separately)
  • Guide Number: 7 (in meters at ISO 100 equivalent)
  • Recycling Time: Approx. 4 sec.

Focus Control

  • Focus System: Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF) with "Exmor" APS HD CMOS sensor
  • Focus Points: 99 points (phase-detection AF), 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
  • AF Modes: AF-S: Single-shot AF, AF-C: Continuous AF
  • Focus Area: Multi Point (99 points(phase-detection AF), 25 points(contrast-AF)), Center-weighted, Flexible Spot
  • Focus Sensitivity: 0 EV to +20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens attached)
  • Manual Focus Assist: Yes MF assist (4.8x, 9.6x)
  • Focus Features: Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-Start AF (with FDA-EV1S and LA-EA2(Sold separately))
  • AF Illuminator: Built-in, LED type (with a range of approx. 0.3-3.0m (with E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS attached))

Focus system

  • AF micro adjustment: Yes, with FDA-EV1S and LA-EA2 (sold separately)

Imaging Sensor

  • Imaging Sensor: Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
  • Anti Dust: Charge protection coating on Optical Filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
  • Pixel Gross: Approx. 16.7 megapixels
  • Effective Picture Resolution: Approx. 16.1 megapixels
  • Focal Length Conversion Factor: 1.5x
  • Color Filter System: RGB primary color filters


  • HD Output: HDMI® (TypeC mini), BRAVIA Sync, Photo TV HD
  • PhotoTV HD: Yes

LCD Display

  • LCD Type: 7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT (921,600 dots)
  • Angle Adjustment: Up: Approx. 180 degrees, Down: Approx. 50 degrees
  • Brightness Control: Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
  • Real-time image adjustment display: On/Off
  • Peaking: Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
  • Customization: Graphic display/Display all info/Big font size display/No display info/Levels/Histogram/Viewfinder
  • Touch Panel: Yes (Touch Shutter)

Lens Compensation

  • Lens compensation: Peripheral Shading, Chromatic Aberration, Distortion


  • Lens Mount Type: Sony E-mount lenses
  • Aperture (Max.): f/3.5-5.6
  • Aperture (Min.): f/22-34
  • Digital Zoom: Approx. 4x (still images and movie)
  • Smart Zoom® Technology: M: approx. 1.4x, S:approx. 2x
  • Focal Length (35mm equivalent): 27mm-82.5mm (35mm equivalent)
  • Filter Diameter: 49mm
  • Lens Construction: Metal
  • Lens Groups-Elements: 9 groups, 11 elements (4 aspheric surfaces)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 9.8" (0.25m)
  • Angle of View: 76o - 29o
  • Aperture Blade: 7 blades (Circular aperture)
  • Aspheric Elements: 4 aspheric surfaces
  • Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length): 62 x 60mm
  • Direct Manual Focus: Yes
  • Exterior Finish: Metal
  • Focus Ring in AF Mode: No rotation
  • Internal Motor: Yes (Stepping motor)
  • Lens Weight: 2.5oz (70g)
  • Low Noise During Movie Capture: Excellent
  • Maximum Magnification: 0.25x (APS-C)
  • Mount Material: Metal
  • Non-rotating Focusing Ring: No rotation


  • Help guide: Yes
  • Area Setting: Yes
  • Clock Function,Setting: Yes
  • Eye-Fi ready: Yes
  • Shop Front Mode: Yes


  • Battery Type: InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
  • Number of Still Images: Approx. 330 images (CIPA standard)
  • Power Consumption (in Operation): Still images:approx. 2.7W(w/ SEL-1855mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached), Movies:approx4.0W(w/ E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached))


  • Media Type: Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™, SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
  • Color Space: sRGB, AdobeRGB
  • Still Image Mode: JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
  • Still Image Size 16:9: L: 4912 x 2760 (14M), M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M), S: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)
  • Still Image Size 3:2: L: 4912 x 3264 (16M),M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M),S: 2448 x 1624 (4M)
  • Panorama Still Image Size: Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M), Vertical : 5,536 x 2,160 (12M), Horizontal Std: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M), Vertical Std: 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
  • Video Format: AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive), AVCHD, MP4
  • Video Mode: AVCHD: PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30fps@12Mbps VGA - 640 x 480/ 30fps@3Mbps
  • Audio Format: Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
  • Microphone/Speaker: Built-in stereo microphones or ECM-SST1 (sold separately) / Built-in, monaural speaker (volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7)
  • Still Image File Format: JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)


  • Electronic Front Curtaion Shutter: Yes (On/Off)


  • Operating System Compatibility: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (v10.3-10.8)


  • PlayMemories Camera Apps: Yes
  • Send to Computer: Yes
  • View on Smartphone: Yes
  • View on TV: Yes

In The Box:

  • Flash and flash case
  • NP-FW50 rechargeable battery
  • AC-UB10 AC adaptor
  • Shoulder strap
  • Body cap
  • Micro USB cable
  • CD-ROM

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Height: 2-3/8"
  • Width: 4-3/8"
  • Depth: 1-9/16"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 9.7 oz
  • Shipping: 2 lbs

Warranty Information:

  • Manufacturer Warranty (authorized online retailer): One Year Parts and Labor


  1. Records in up to 29 minutes segments
  2. In meters, IS0 100
  3. Requires 3D HDTV, HDMI cable (at least 10.2 Gbps) and active 3D glasses sold seperately
  4. Not used
  5. Attaching Sony A-mount lens requires LA-EA1 (note: Autofocus available with SSM and SAM series lenses when using LA-EA1) or LA-EA2 adaptors (sold separately)
  6. Compatible with BRAVIA® Sync or Theatre Sync™ HDTVs connected via HDMI®
  7. Actual performance varies based on settings, environmental conditions, and usage. Battery capacity decreases over time and use
  8. Requires compatible BRAVIA® HDTV and HDMI® cable sold separately
  9. Auto Focus function available with Sony E-Mount lenses and Sony A-mount SSM and SAM series lenses when using LA-EA1
  10. Files compatible with iMovie® '09 or later on Mac. Software not compatible with Mac OS® X
  11. Requires an active 802.11 Wi-Fi network (802.11n recommended) or PlayMemories Mobile™ app installed on compatible Android™ or iOS device. PlayMemories camera apps require download with existing Sony Entertainment Network account. Download available in all countries/areas where Sony Entertainment Network is available
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Effective Pixels16.1
Records VideoYes
Records HD VideoYes
Height (inches)2.325"
Width (inches)4.325"
Depth (inches)1.56"
Built-In FlashNo
Image StabilizationNo
LCD Screen Size (inches)3"
Red-Eye ReductionYes
Self TimerYes
Self Timer DelayYes
Shutter SpeedStill images: 1/4000 to 30s (Bulb). Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter)
Storage MediaMemory Stick PRO Duo/Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD/SDHC
Power SourceInfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
White BalanceAuto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem (2500 to 9900K), C.Filter (G7 to M7,A7 to B7), Custom


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Sony Alpha 16.1 Megapixel Black Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera With SEL 1855 Lens

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  • Lightweight (5)
  • Size (5)
  • Compact (4)
  • Great image quality (3)
  • Small (3)


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Very Happy

I got this camera June 22nd, and yes it's not out...and no, I have no idea why I got it early...but I'm HAPPY I DID. This camera is awesome....Read complete review

I got this camera June 22nd, and yes it's not out...and no, I have no idea why I got it early...but I'm HAPPY I DID. This camera is awesome. I actually sold my A700 for this camera. I wanted the compact design, HD video, High Resolution, Panorama, and all the other features my A700 lacked. So far I've been happy, this little guy is super fast. the resolution is great, and although its a crazy pain to attach the flash, you actually don't even need it. the image sensor is so great, that it absorbs light like no other. The feel of the camera is great, the lens so far has proved to be solid. I love the titanium lens, but I HATE the silver painted plastic portion of the extended lens. Nothing plastic should be painted silver, it gives it a cheap look and feel. But this is only when the lens is fully extended. The shift-able screen has already proven to be a great addition to this small body. My first test run with this camera was at a classic car show, and it's was fantastic to get down into the engine and have that perfect angle. The screen is fantastic in the day light, I never had to strain to see my image. It's was clear and always present. A major downfall to this camera is the user interface. It's a pain, and takes several motions to make what used to be simple adjustments. They could have done without the over sized on-off switch and added a settings dial. All-in-all I would recommend this camera above any of the other models under the A800. But again, these are Apple-to-Oranges.


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Glorified Point and Shoot

After carrying this camera around for a couple months and shooting thousands of photos, I’ve come to the conclusion that this camera was a complete waste of money. I...Read complete review

After carrying this camera around for a couple months and shooting thousands of photos, I’ve come to the conclusion that this camera was a complete waste of money. I wanted DSLR quality in a compact profile, but this camera isn’t even close to DSLR quality, forget the sensor size. If you're just want a better point and shoot, this camera might work for you--except that it's a lot bigger and more expensive than a high quality point and shoot. So, really, there’s no point to this camera. Here’s why: Excessive noise even at the lowest ISO: I’ve taken many pictures Even when everything is perfect on the camera, there are unacceptable levels of noise in skies and dark areas on the image. A decent DSLR will not show noise at these levels. Also, it only goes to ISO 200. Most DSLRs will go to ISO 100. AutoFocus is not crisp. Forget crystal clarity. Everything comes out soft and slightly out of focus. No EVF. Using this camera in the bright light of the Mediterranean, I was shooting blind, even when using a screen hood. No hot shoe or adapter. The puny little flash that ships with the camera has very little practical use. Since there’s no hot shoe or adapter, you can’t use any external flash or remote accessories. Accessory lenses are very expensive and only of moderate quality. Using the adapter and buying alternate lenses results in a severe loss of functionality. Sony. They are unwilling to own up to the poor quality of the product and will not accept returnsâ€"only repairs. How do you repair bad design and poor quality? Not only do I recommend a different camera. I’d also encourage you to use a different manufacturer.

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Great for Street Photography


from NYC

Comments about Sony Alpha 16.1 Megapixel Black Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera With SEL 1855 Lens:

This is a great camera. It is small, has great quality and is quick. It is great for street photography. This and other future models are a great line of cameras!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Solid Device


from Farmington, NM

Comments about Sony Alpha 16.1 Megapixel Black Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera With SEL 1855 Lens:

Pros: Very easy to use. The 16-50 mm lens that the unit comes with is very decent, but not great for macro shots as it needs to be over 12 inches away of your focus point. Works great for portraits even in low light, with or without flash. I find the camera apps available to download to the camera to be a nice touch and very useful for beginner photographers. The auto focus on the lens works great, but if your shooting anything within three feet, it has a hard time and you'll need to switch it to manual. The unit itself is very fast and has no problem doing high speed shooting even if you don't have a high seed memory card. The duel microphones pick up stereo audio really nicely. Cons: Whenever I've done full HD recordings, whether my surrounding temperature is 60F or 90F, the device shows that its overheating and shuts off. The battery doesn't last very long but most mirrorless cameras I've reviewed lack a long battery life. Overall, I think the camera is a great equivalent to a professional DLSR with the advantage of being super easy and fun to use. A great buy.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Small and powerful


from Chicago, IL

Comments about Sony Alpha 16.1 Megapixel Black Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera With SEL 1855 Lens:

I have an A65 and wanted the wife to get something smaller, finally she did. She loves it and i can't say how jealous i am. The camera takes very good pictures with auto settings and if user is knowledgeable F-stop and shutter can be manipulated. We went out to the race track and she was taking better pictures then me. I had a zoom advantage, but at the end of the day... She could get the small camera out and take great shots at the pits while i felt uncomfortable to take out the a65 70-200 lens out. The great thing about this camera is that u can take pictures everywhere because it is so small and u dont have to worry about settings the camera will set it up for u and take the picture fast. I still think my A65 with all the a-mount lens available is a great feature, but its nice that a small little camera that fits in your pocket and shots fast and sharp works and competes with the big units is a great reason to buy...

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


Great pictures, Poor durability and longevity


from Dallas TX

Comments about Sony Alpha 16.1 Megapixel Black Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera With SEL 1855 Lens:

This camera takes wonderful photo's and is compact and easy for on the go. Small enough it is not cumbersome for vacation use. Unfortunately Sony customer service is pretty inconvenient. I purchased this camera in April 2013, it mysteriously stopped working in February 2014. I took it to the Sony store, they are not equipped to handle camera's. They referred us to the technical support line. I had to mail the camera in, at which point I was told that the camera had physical damage and could be repaired for $800. My problem with the product is that the camera had never been dropped, any damage done I would deem as normal wear and tear. I feel the longevity and durability of the camera should have been better in this price point. The Panorama feature on this camera was GREAT! Until is completely stopped functioning after four months of use. The photo's were too dark to discern anything.


Great Camera


from Santa CLarita, California

Comments about Sony Alpha 16.1 Megapixel Black Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera With SEL 1855 Lens:

The whole family loves using this camera. I wish the zoom on the lens had a bigger ratio. It was a great value. We love the burst mode. Still early in our use. Controls are easy to figure out. Iphone app that links with camera is not as usefull as it could be. Still this camera is a great value and I couldn't justify buying the newer model with this one available.


Beginner Looks Like a Pro


from Orlando, FL

Comments about Sony Alpha 16.1 Megapixel Black Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera With SEL 1855 Lens:

As someone who loves photos, but never took the time to truly understand how a great photo was captured the NEX has allowed me to up my game without a ton of training! The built in features for focusing, lighting and "Instagram" like effects have made my shots consistently more appealing as I continue to learn. One of my other favorite features is the Play Memories connection which allows me to instantly send a photo to my phone for posting to social media! Now nighttime shots look amazing, scenery is more brilliant and the mood is captured so much better than via a phone.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)




from Phoenix, AZ

Comments about Sony Alpha 16.1 Megapixel Black Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera With SEL 1855 Lens:

I'm a professional wedding photographer and I use a Canon 5D Mark III - the thing is, I don't want to take the heavy DSLR body or expensive lenses traveling with me. I couldn't wait to get my hands on the NEX camera and see what it could do. I bought the 50mm/1.8 and 16/2.8 lenses which was worth it since I enjoy using prime lenses and shallow depth of field. I took it on my recent trip to Ireland - which means I trusted it THAT MUCH to capture the amazing landscape and to document this once in a lifetime trip that I had. I am thrilled with the images and also the features - the wi-fi allowed me to instantly share to social media (better than any iPhone pic) and also teach my friend who didn't know anything about photography to easily focus on me with the touch screen feature and adjust the dial for shutterspeed (while it was on manual mode) so she could get the correct exposure. I also have a Powershot S100 but it is basically a point-and-shoot, even with an F/2 capability. This NEX is pretty much what I use to take photos for my blog and personal trips like traveling. If I were to suggest a camera to any bloggers, or moms who just want something that works well - this is now what I recommend. DSLR quality too! Can't beat it.


Exellent camera!!


from Appleton,WI

Comments about Sony Alpha 16.1 Megapixel Black Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera With SEL 1855 Lens:

I bought this camera for photography purposes. This is my second year really getting into photography. I had a little point and shoot camera before this one and WHAT A DIFFERENCE! The clarity is beautiful, I love that the screen flips up, love that the camera reconizes what it's point at and picks the best setting, the direct upload and other apps are a great add on to the camera and there are so many other things that I could say about this camera. I just love it so much and am very pleased with the value!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


My DSLR is getting lonely.


from Aspen, CO

Comments about Sony Alpha 16.1 Megapixel Black Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera With SEL 1855 Lens:

I've been shooting with Canon and Nikon DSLR's for a LONG time, since 2005 I believe. When mirrorless cameras were announced I was skeptical, how could something so small and light produce images comparable (and often better) than my big bulky DSLR? After shooting with the NEX-5R for a couple of weeks I can honestly say that my DSLR is collecting dust on a shelf. Why the change of heart? Here are some reasons... ****** What I like ****** - It's small. Real small. I am an active guy, I hike, bike, and ski my brains out. In order for me to take decent (non cameraphone) shots during these outdoor activities I usually had to haul my DSLR with me. That meant I'd be removing my vertical grip, and packing one to two lenses so it didn't feel like I had a boat anchor on my back. With the NEX-5R, this thing fits in the back of my cycling jersey with the stock 18-55mm lens, that's how small this thing is. - WiFi is awesome. I use this feature constantly with my iPhone, and Xperia tablet. I can transfer the shot in a couple seconds, edit with Snapseed and publish it up to my blog, Instagram feed, or Facebook. It's a killer feature. - Low light sensitivity! I attached a photo that I took drinking wine with a friend at dusk. Simply put, if you're shooting in low light, you won't have to go to ISO 1,000,000 to make the photos look good. - The video is REAL, REAL good. 1080p60 with depth of field? Yup. - Panoramic mode is just awesome. I attached one that I shot at dawn overlooking Snowmass. There aren't any stitch marks, the photos are massive in size, and they look GORGEOUS. You'll find yourself using this feature all the time because it's just that good. - it shoots to regular old SD cards. Amen, Sony. Thanks for not trapping us into Magic Gate / Stick / whatever that format was. Warning: Make sure you use Class 10 cards. ****** What don't I like? ****** - It doesn't come with a viewfinder. Yes, you can buy one, but I REALLY wish it had it out of the box. I shoot in a lot of high light environments, like snow. I have to crank the brightness on the viewfinder to see what I'm doing. Is this a deal-breaker? Absolutely not. ****** Wrapup ****** + Takes amazing photos. + Low light performance is crazy good. + Incredibly portable. + Takes regular SD cards. + Controls are great. + Videos look gorgeous. + Panoramic mode is a hidden gem. + WiFi and Play Memories is great for transferring pics to your smartphone / tablet. - Doesn't have a viewfinder. (Although you can purchase one.)


Best for Amateur Shutterbugs


from Glenview, IL.

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  • Automatic Mode
  • Good in Low Light
  • Small / Compact


    Best Uses

    • Travel

    Comments about Sony Alpha 16.1 Megapixel Black Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera With SEL 1855 Lens:

    Interchangeable lens, Low light shooting, and a great Automatic setting makes this small camera a great choice,

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