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 (NEX)
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


NEX-5R sequential video naming

I shoot a lot of video with my NEX 5R. I have sequential naming on. This works for still, but not video. For instance, if I shoot up to image 1003 and video 12, then wipe the card, still continue at 1004, but video starts over at 0. Is there any way to prevent this? On a related note, my camera seems to lock the memory card. I can view it on my computer, but not delete anything. Is there any way around this? I'd like to be able to back up last month to my computer and delete it off the card while leaving the current month alone wihtout just deleting the picture one by one through the camera interface. Is there some way to do this that I'm missing?

19 days ago


There is no way that I know of to prevent the AVCHD video stream files from restarting their count. If I really wanted to do that I might run an experiment of creating an empty text file on my computer (using Notepad, for example) and then renaming the file to match the last name I removed from the camera and putting it into the camera.  See if that will fool the camera into using the next sequential number.  If so, you can just rename that dummy file each time you have completed copying your files.  I'm not sure if this works, but I won't hurt to try. As for being unable to delete files, are you saying that you have your camera plugged into your computer, you browse to the camera files on your computer but you cannot delete them from your computer?  I have not seen that issue.  (If you are saying that while your camera is plugged in to your computer you cannot delete files using your camera's buttons, then that is because your camera has given control to the computer.) Continue Reading

wb2trf answered
19 days ago

I'm taking the memory card out of the camera and putting it in a card reader. The computer shows the card as locked, but the camera doesn't. Continue Reading

Ace of Sevens answered
18 days ago

I don't think there is any "read only" option on the camera for the chip.  Therefore that is either a physical action on the chip or something in your reader. Continue Reading

wb2trf answered
18 days ago


Can you use 5T touch screen to manually select subject in auto and scene modes?

Someone was complaining about auto and scene modes the other day, because you can't just center focus and recompose in the auto or scene modes. Fair complaint. You're in "intelligent auto" mode, and the camera locks onto a horses face instead of that of your grandchild. Kind of lame. So, now I'm curious, can you select the subject to override this behavior on any of the Nex cameras with touch screens? You're in "intelligent auto" mode, you point the camera at your grandchild, and then touch the child's face on the screen to make sure the camera doesn't "intelligently" select the horse. Is this how it works with the touch screens, or are you locked into the camera selecting the focus area and subject just like the non-touch screen cameras?

McQuestion asked
1 month 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 ...

7 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
7 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

7 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

7 months ago

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