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Noise

Both visually and by the numbers, the NEX-5 delivers excellent noise performance for its class. Photos are pretty clean up through ISO 800, and you don't start to see significant softness until ISO 1600.

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 photo samples:S


May 10, 2010 10:00 PM PDT

By: Lori Grunin
Noise, ISO 6400

Sony has really gotten its act together on the noise-reduction algorithms; these are some of the best high ISO sensitivity images I've seen from a Sony camera, even the dSLRs. (1/50 sec, f4.5, evaluative metering, AWB, standard Creative Style, 18-55mm lens at 42mm)

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 photo samples:S


May 10, 2010 10:00 PM PDT

By: Lori Grunin
Handheld Twilight mode

Though the HHT photos look a little softer than their straight high-ISO equivalents (the EXIF data reports this at ISO 1250), you can see how clean this looks. Still, HHT takes too long to shoot and record the photo to use it for anything but static scenes; good performance at high ISO sensitivities is not obsolete.

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 photo samples:S


May 10, 2010 10:00 PM PDT

By: Lori Grunin
Distortion, 18-55mm lens

At its widest angle, the 18-55mm kit lens displays some of the worst barrel distortion we've seen for a non-snapshot camera in a while. Goodbye, straight lines. (1/100, f9, ISO 200, spot metering, AWB, Standard Creative Style)

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 photo samples:S


May 10, 2010 10:00 PM PDT

By: Lori Grunin
Distortion, 18-55mm lens

Even the narrow end of the kit lens displays pincushion distortion, which we rarely see. (1/100, f10, ISO 200, spot metering, AWB, Standard Creative Style)

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 photo samples:S


May 10, 2010 10:00 PM PDT

By: Lori Grunin
Distortion, 18-55mm lens

Even the narrow end of the kit lens displays pincushion distortion, which we rarely see. (1/100, f10, ISO 200, spot metering, AWB, Standard Creative Style)

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 photo samples:S


May 10, 2010 10:00 PM PDT

By: Lori Grunin
Distortion, 16mm lens

As you'd expect from a prime, the distortion characteristics are much better than the kit zoom. It looks pretty good, actually, although I think there's a bit of vignetting in the lower left corner. (1/100, f10, ISO 200, spot metering, AWB, Standard Creative Style)

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 photo samples:S


May 10, 2010 10:00 PM PDT

By: Lori Grunin
Fringing, 18-55mm lens

Because of its distortion issues, the lens displays some chromatic aberration, even on not-so-high-contrast edges. (1/100, f5, ISO 200, spot metering, AWB, Standard Creative Style)

I wanted to shoot this in Auto HDR, but couldn't figure out where the setting was until I went back to the manual. Turns out it's one of the DRO settings. Silly me for not guessing that.

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 photo samples:S


May 10, 2010 10:00 PM PDT

By: Lori Grunin
Lens bokeh, 18-55mm lens

Bokeh, or the quality of out-of-focus details, makes a big difference in lens quality. Though the lens has a 7-blade aperture, I was surprised at how polygonal some of the out-of-focus highlights looked. (1/800, f8, ISO 200, spot metering, AWB, Standard Creative Style)

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May 10, 2010 10:00 PM PDT

By: Lori Grunin
Sharpness, 18-55mm lens

The lens does have nice center sharpness, and the camera's processing maintains a natural look without oversharpening. (1/250, f7.1, ISO 200, spot metering, AWB, Standard Creative Style)

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 photo samples:S


May 10, 2010 10:00 PM PDT

By: Lori Grunin
Color

A combination of the default Creative Style, with its unknown adjustments and an overly cool automatic white balance in sunlight, unfortunately shifts deep pinks, greens and purples. Still, if you don't care about accuracy, the colors are mostly pleasing and saturated.

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 photo samples:S


May 10, 2010 10:00 PM PDT

By: Lori Grunin
Creative Styles

These are your only real color style options, and none are quite right. I also had some problems with metering consistency. (1/100 sec, f6.3/7.1, ISO 200, spot metering, AWB, 18-55mm lens at 55mm)

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Sony Alpha NEX-5 photo samples:S


May 10, 2010 10:00 PM PDT

By: Lori Grunin
Sweep Panorama

This remains a fun feature, though not without its bugs. The detail level is a lot better than from the point-and-shoot models (right), but it still has a problem dealing with things moving through the scene (left). Thank you random stranger in the park.

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