An small update to its excellent predecessor, but still a Best Buy
23.5×15.6mm 16.0-megapixel sensor, 3.0x zoom (27-82.5mm equivalent), 462g
The Sony NEX-5T replaces the award-winning Sony NEX-5R – one of our top recommendations throughout 2013, thanks to its svelte magnesium alloy body and stunning photo and video quality. The outgoing 5R has had some strong competition to contend with, but no other CSC at this price has beaten it for photo quality. The NEX-5T is simply a minor update, simply taking the excellent camera and adding NFC for easier Wi-Fi connections.
The Sony NEX-5T is otherwise identical. There’s the same Function button and command dial for quicker access to photographic settings. Pressing the button reveals six customisable functions, which can be picked from a list of 15. With ISO speed, drive mode and exposure compensation available separately via the navigation pad, there’s little reason to visit the main menu in normal use.
The controls on the 5T are excellent
The centre button brings up a virtual mode dial on the screen, which is adjusted by spinning the wheel on the back of the camera. It’s not quite as effective as a dedicated physical mode dial but it’s a big improvement on the 5N.
The 3in wide-aspect screen tilts up and down as before, but now it can tilt upwards by 180 degrees for self-portraits. Doing so automatically enables a three-second self-timer, so you have plenty of time to steady your arm and gurn before the shutter goes. Various other CSCs have articulated screens, but none are as petite as this one.
The articulated screen is great for self portraits
It’s an extremely handsome camera, and surprisingly comfortable to hold and use considering its diminutive design. Our only lingering concern is the detachable flash unit, which isn’t as tidy as an integrated flash and is likely to be left at home as a result.
|CCD effective megapixels||16.0 megapixels|
|Viewfinder magnification, coverage||N/A|
|LCD screen size||3.0in|
|LCD screen resolution||921,600 pixels|
|Zoom 35mm equivalent||27-82.5mm|
|Image stabilisation||optical, in kit lens|
|Maximum image resolution||4,912×3,264|
|File formats||JPEG, RAW; AVCHD, MPEG-4|
|Memory slot||SDXC and Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo|
|Battery Life (tested)||330 shots|
|Connectivity||USB, mini HDMI, Wi-Fi, NFC|
|Body material||magnesium alloy|
|Lens mount||Sony E mount|
|Focal length multiplier||1.5x|
|Kit lens model name||Sony SEL-1855|
|Warranty||one year RTB|
|Exposure modes||program, shutter priority, aperture priority, manual|
|Shutter speed||30 to 1/4,000 seconds|
|Aperture range||f/3.5-22 (wide), f/5.6-32 (tele)|
|ISO range (at full resolution)||100 to 25600|
|Exposure compensation||+/-3 EV|
|White balance||auto, 9 presets with fine tuning, manual, Kelvin|
|Additional image controls||contrast, saturation, sharpness, noise reduction, dynamic range optimisation, soft skin effect, lens compensation (peripheral shading, chromatic aberration, distortion), AF micro adjust|
|Closest macro focus||25cm|
|Auto-focus modes||multi, centre, flexible spot, face detect, tracking|
|Metering modes||multi, centre-weighted, centre, face detect|
|Flash||auto, forced, suppressed, slow synchro, rear curtain, red-eye reduction|
|Drive modes||single, continuous, self-timer, AE bracket, HDR, panorama|