Sony NEX-5T Mirrorless Camera

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Key Features

  • 16MP APS-C format CMOS sensor
  • Fast Hybrid AF includes phase-detection for DSLR-like focus
  • Up to 10 fps shooting speed
  • ISO 100-25600
  • 3" tilting touch-LCD with 920,000 dots
  • Full 1080 HD movie shooting at 60p/24p with full exposure control
  • Simple connectivity to smartphones via Wi-Fi or NFC
  • One-touch sharing: Directly transfers a still image or movie to an NFC enabled Android smartphone or tablet with a single touch.
  • One-touch remote: Activates Smart Remote Control and links the camera with a smartphone or tablet by simply touching the devices while in a shooting mode
  • Optional electronic viewfinder

Product Description

The 16MP Sony NEX-5T is marginally updated from its predecessor, with the addition of NFC connectivity. It has a control dial, dedicated function button and the ability to run proprietary in-camera apps to extend its capabilities. It retains its predecessor's live view focusing technology, using a modified sensor with pixels devoted to performing phase-detection to provide a hybrid autofocus system. The phase-detection pixels are used to determine depth information about the focus target, which means the camera has to perform less hunting. Other key features includes its 180° tilt-able touch-screen LCD for easy self-portraits, DSLR-like AF tracking for shooting at up to 10 fps, one-touch sharing, and one-touch remote (for NFC-enabled devices).


Body type
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4912 x 3264
Other resolutions 4912 x 2760, 3568 x 2368, 3568 x 2000, 2448 x 1624, 2448 x 1376
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 17 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
White balance presets 6
Custom white balance Yes
Image stabilization No
Uncompressed format RAW
JPEG quality levels Fine, Standard
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 25
Lens mount Sony E
Focal length multiplier 1.5×
Screen / viewfinder
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 921,600
Touch screen Yes
Screen type Tilt Up 180° Down 50° TFT LCD
Live view Yes
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional)
Photography features
Minimum shutter speed 30 sec
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Aperture priority Yes
Shutter priority Yes
Manual exposure mode Yes
Subject / scene modes Yes
Built-in flash No
Flash range 7.00 m (ISO100)
External flash Yes (Accessory Port (supplied))
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Continuous drive 10 fps
Self-timer Yes ((10/2 sec. delay), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures))
Metering modes
  • Multi
  • Center-weighted
  • Spot
Exposure compensation ±3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
AE Bracketing (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV steps)
WB Bracketing No
Videography features
Format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage included None
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI Yes (Mini Type C)
Wireless Built-In
Wireless notes NFC and WiFi
Remote control No
Environmentally sealed No
Battery Battery Pack
Battery description Lithium-Ion NPFW50 rechargeable battery & charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 330
Weight (inc. batteries) 276 g (0.61 lb / 9.74 oz)
Dimensions 111 x 59 x 39 mm (4.36 x 2.31 x 1.53)
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

Questions & Answers


Upgrading Lens Firmware using A6000

Hi everyone, Just got the A6000, love it but my lenses (24mm 1.8 Zeiss & 55-210mm lens) are still on version 0.1 Firmware. I went to update them but it specifically says; (1) This firmware update can only be performed when the lens is attached to the following cameras: NEX-5R, NEX-5T or NEX-6. - You cannot perform the firmware update using other camera. Do you think its safe to try them with the A6000? I'm assuming they just haven't updated the document as these updates came out about 6 months ago. Just obviously don't want to do any damage! Thanks.

4 days ago


I updated my lenses via the A6000 without any problem. Go for it. Continue Reading

Sam Rijver answered
4 days ago

I just updated my sel 50mm 1.8 in my a6000, no problem. Continue Reading

toxotis700 answered
4 days ago


Nikon V1 as a wildlife camera?

Hi I've been using my NEX-5R with 70-400 recently for wildlife shots - most of which need a lot of cropping. Optical quality is reasonably good but the body is not designed for this type of work and so buffer depth and other handling apects are frustrating I had been thinking of getting a Sony SLT-A77 (though the high ISO noise worries me) but the Nikon 1 V1 is going for a crazy-cheap price locally and I have a rather nice Pentax F*300/4.5 lens which I wonder about using on it via an Ebay adaptor - this would certainly be a cheaper option than the A77, but would it be a realistic one? Specs for the V1 seem exciting (able to take photos and videos at the same time) but I see that it doesn't have focus peaking and people complain about the image magnification for MF. I would be buying just the body and kit 10-30 lens, and am not interested in buying any Nikon telephoto lenses to go with it 1. Will a cropped bird image on the V1 be similar, superior or inferior to a similarly cropped ...

3 months ago


Here is a set on Flickr showing some shots I have  taken with the Nikon 70-300 VR lens on my V1 with the FT1 adapter: I you decide to go the Nikon 1 route I would advise using Nikon lenses, since the recent firmware update many third party lenses that used to  work with the FT1 now do not. The 70-300 VR that I use is an affordable starting place and gives an equivalent 190-810 reach. The 300 f4 lens is popular and gives superb results. Also the 70-200 f4 and the 70-200 f2.8 lenses perform very well - the f4 is probably more suitable simply because it is smaller and lighter. Have fun whatever you decide! Continue Reading

Sonyshine answered
3 months ago

Yes, here is one taken with the V1 and a Nikon 300f4 (with 1.4TC). I think the goal with the V1 is to NOT crop. IQ isn't going to be as good as that from larger, recent sensors. The 2.7x crop factor, coupled with ability to do (accurate) central-point autofocus makes the V1 and V2 uniquely capable for doing certain wildlife shots. Namely those with a) decent to bright light and b) non-moving subjects. This thumbnail shot is uncropped: Nikon V1, FT-1 adapter, Nikon 300F4 AF-S with Nikon 1.4 TC. Here is a link to the large size version of the above: Here is the same bird, without the 1.4TC (bare 300mm lens) but cropped in to about the same composition as the above so you can compare with and without the TC: The problem with moving subjects is twofold.  First, you have only a single (largish) central autofocus point/area.   If ... Continue Reading

3 months ago

The V2 has a 60fps mode. I've been shooting him for 5 years now. I suspect he'll be out there again in a week or so, if not already. (This pair of owls returns to the same nest near my house every year). Hmm. I don't know that I would say that. I did, of course, have more pixels on the owl with the TC than without, so there is some advantage in that. But any difference you see may well be more due to post-processing than anything else. You can take photos at the same time, though they are lower resolution JPG's, as far as I know. I don't have any convenient way of posting videos, except in Facebook. Last spring I shot several videos of the owls (3 chicks and one adult in the nest until they got too big). I did it mostly for the grandchildren to see the chicks getting larger each week. I hardly ever do video, except underwater, but the experience brought home to me the possibility of using crop factor reach in a way that you can't match with a D800e, or D7100. If you have Facebook, ... Continue Reading

3 months ago


NEX 5R to RX10

I'm going around in circles reading reviews and opinions on the RX10 and I'm getting increasingly confused. Many positive reviews are followed by negative comments from 'enthusiasts'. I have an NEX5R with both the 16mm prime and 18-55mm standard kit lenses, which I am satisfied with in terms of quality (I'm primarily a point and shooter with an artistic eye), but I'm frustrated by the control system and lack of a viewfinder. Will an RX10 deliver similar/better/worse quality that my standard NEX kit? I understand that the lens is in a different league, but I like the quality of my large sensor. I use my camera for all sorts of, architecture, wildlife, family etc etc. Are there any previous NEX users out there that are now using the RX10? Any advice would be gratefully received. Scott.

Robosan asked
22 hours ago


Hey Scott I swapped out my 5n and trio if sigma primes for the RX10. What I can tell you is the Rx10 will give you better iq than your 5r with kit lenses. It will even give you better shallow depth if field when compared with your kit lenses at least at the telephoto end. The files from the Rx10 aren't as clean as my old 5n and are more noisy but I don't regret the swap but I do have an alpha system as well but rarely use it now that I have the rx10. Continue Reading

Brazo answered
21 hours ago

I agree with Brazo. I have a 5n and 4 lenses.  I had a RX10, but returned it for a problem it had.  I have ordered another one, because it is a splendid camera in regards to control layout and menu system.  It has similar menu to my RX100II, and image quality is long as you don't pixel peep too much.  As a matter of fact, I have enlargements up to 20x30inches (landscapes) which look very good from the RX100II. My primary use is for video and photos mixed into the videos.  The RX10 is great at video, and even has built in nd filter which is important for some video footage.  Weather resistance is a plus also. I will keep the 5n however, for portraiture and very low light situations.  Also for very shallow dof video clips.  Being very lightweight, it is good on a slider. I haven't found the perfect camera that can really "do it all".  So I still have to tote around several.  5n, HX400v, RX100II, and RX10.    I still keep hoping I can find one solution for all the things I ... Continue Reading

Tom Ki answered
21 hours ago

I have both, a NEXC3 w/ 18-55 lens and 50 mm 1.8 prime as well as an RX10.  They both have their strengths. For straight out of camera shooting, the APS-C sensor in the NEX is going to give you better high ISO imagery.  I can get better portraits w/ blown out backgrounds with my 50 prime.  It has probably marginally better dynamic range than the RX10 and I like that I can flip the lens and make it a good macro lens. I shoot much more with my RX10 because I love that lens, having 20 mpx is great for cropping, it takes fantastic videos (for my purposes), i LOVE the silent shutter- makes a big difference for me in not drawing attention to myself for candids.  I love the creative modes and interface much more than my C3.  Ultimately, if I have to just grab one camera, I'd just grab my RX10.  It does 85% of what I want a camera to do.  Also, the RX10 feels better in the hand than my somewhat awkward C3.  The RX10 rewards you if you learn to work within it's constraints- it is not an AUTO ... Continue Reading

cchen2 answered
21 hours ago

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