Sony Alpha NEX-5 (with 18-55mm lens, Black) comparison

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)

Sony Alpha NEX-5 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)
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Sony Alpha NEX-6 (with 16-50mm PZ lens)

Sony Alpha NEX-6 (with 16-50mm PZ lens)
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Nikon D5200 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)

Nikon D5200 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

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Sony Alpha NEX-5R (Body Only, Black)

Sony Alpha NEX-5R (Body Only, Black)
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Price $899 at 1 store $499 to $898 at 4 stores $569 to $1,596 at 9 stores $648 to $699 at 10 stores $399 to $649 at 2 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
Average user rating 4.0 stars out of 20 reviews 5.0 stars out of 5 reviews 5.0 stars out of 4 reviews 4.5 stars out of 1 review 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date July 15, 2010 September 05, 2012 November 06, 2012 June 26, 2013 August 23, 2012
The Bottom Line For a lot of people, the excellent high-sensitivity photo quality, competitive performance, and an ultracompact body will likely outweigh the Sony Alpha NEX-5's quirks and operational annoyances. The Sony Alpha NEX-6 delivers an as-yet-unbeatable package of image quality, performance, and design, even for its rather high price. The Nikon D5200 makes a great choice for family and vacation photographers. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II's combination of looks, speed, flexibility, and photo quality makes it a great choice for enthusiasts who can afford the price tag. It's a great camera choice for high-quality stills and a streamlined shooting design under $800, but the Sony Alpha NEX-5R falls short when it comes to sharing your shots online.

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Type LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3 in
Info unavailable LCD display - 3 in
Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.4 in x 1.5 in x 2.3 in
4.7 in x 1.7 in x 2.6 in
5.1 in x 3.9 in x 3.1 in
Info unavailable 4.4 in x 1.5 in x 2.3 in
Lens System 3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6
3 x x Zoom lens - 16 mm - 50 mm - F/3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 G ED II Nikon AF-S DX
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Optical sensor type Exmor APS HD CMOS
Exmor APS HD CMOS
CMOS
Exmor R CMOS
Exmor APS HD CMOS
Light sensitivity ISO 200-12800
ISO auto (200-1600)
ISO auto (100-3200)
ISO 100-25600
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO 25600
ISO auto
Info unavailable ISO auto (100-3200)
ISO 100-25600
Digital zoom Info unavailable 4 x
Info unavailable Info unavailable 4 x
Video capture AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
MPEG-4 - 1440 x 1080 -
MPEG-4 - 640 x 480 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1440 x 1080 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 424 -
H.264 - 640 x 424 -
Info unavailable AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
MPEG-4 - 1440 x 1080 -
MPEG-4 - 640 x 480 -
Weight 8.1 oz
10.1 oz
17.8 oz
Info unavailable 7.7 oz
Product Type Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
Info unavailable Digital camera
- Mirrorless system
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