BERLIN u2013 Sony has today unveiled the NEX-5R a 16.1-million-pixel compact system camera boasting an APS-C size imaging sensor and a tiltable touchscreen.

Due out in the UK in mid-October, the NEX-5R features a maximum equivalent ISO sensitivity of 25,600 and a top burst rate of 10 frames per second.

New camera functions can be downloaded onto the E-mount model via the built-in Wi-Fi, using free-to-use PlayMemories Camera Apps.

This feature is designed to allow images to be transferred to a smartphone or tablet computer running the apps, and to download new camera functions ‘on demand’.

Among the first available camera apps will be ‘Bracket Pro’ and ‘Photo Retouch’. Others planned by Sony include ‘Time-Lapse’ and ‘Cinematic Photo’.

Wi-Fi can also be used to back up photos by transferring them from the camera, wirelessly, to a PC.

Billed as ‘the perfect second camera for photo enthusiasts’, the NEX-5R includes Fast Hybrid AF – combining phase and contrast detection, using 99 and 25 focus point respectively.

The phase detection system allows the camera to deliver ‘DSLR-like focusing responses’ when using the Speed Priority Continuous mode, according to Sony.

The camera’s 921,000-dot resolution 3in LCD screen tilts upwards by around 180º and downwards 50º.

A-mount lenses can be attached using an optional adapter.

Incorporating a ‘fully-featured control dial’, function button, plus a touch-shutter option, the NEX-5R is expected to cost around £670 in a kit that includes an 18-55mm lens.

Firepower also includes Full HD video (1,920×1,080p), Bionz image processor and Sony’s SteadyShot Inside image stabilisation.

The NEX-5R will come supplied with an external flash (Guide Number 7).

The newcomer measures 110.8×58.8×38.9mm (excluding protrusions) and weighs 276g (including battery and Memory Stick Pro Duo card).

AP understands that there will not be a body-only option at launch.

The NEX-5R was announced at the IFA electronics trade show in Berlin, Germany this afternoon.

  • clive mcguinness

    Sounds good But what’s the price

  • Martin Cusdin

    Yet another offering without a proper (eye level) viewfinder – when will they ever learn?

  • Len Clark

    So, Canon is producing a “perfect second camera for photo enthusiasts” that doesn’t even have a viewfinder. Wow!

  • B Berry

    A camera for the enthusiast? – a challenge for the DSLR? – but where is the viewfinder?

  • Mladen Radman

    AP seems to be repeating marketing blurb without additing own commentary, kind of commentary that one expects from a serious publication. Just in case you just woke up there is a big cyberspace out there with plenty of identical marketing blurb already.

    For one no comment about lack of EVF to make it serious camera for anybody serious about taking pictures, 10fps in this class of camera is kind of feature that appeal to childish and foolish.

    I hardly buy hard copy of AP these days for a reason.

  • Martin

    No proper viewfinder, so it’s utterly useless for any serious user – when will they ever learn?

  • pnalla

    looks exciting

  • John Owen

    Will it really have Steady Shot Inside?

    That seems odd as the NEX range of lenses are stabilised and the NEX bodies to date have not been.

    Hopefully it is only used if an A mount lens is fitted via the adapter but I’m more inclined to think this is an error. Fingers crossed though.

  • Simon

    no viewfinder = no contest!

  • Trad Ted

    One can only hope that these toy cameras don’t oust real ones. Desktop PC production is already threatened by the fad for tablets. Tough for those who still want to get real work done.