A 14-megapixel Exmore APS HD CMOS sensor is responsible for the high quality we found in the images from both cameras, and a new Bionz processor is also hard at work in the two cameras.
Several hot features were brought over from recent Alphas and Cyber-shot digital cameras, including Sweep Panorama, Auto High-Dynamic Range shooting, Handheld Twilight, and Anti-motion-
That's what I was silently hoping Sony's engineers would do after seeing the concept models at PMA 2010. Seems Sony engineers had the same idea already, likely even before we saw the concept "wood block" models. The Sony NEX-5 is more aggressive than the NEX-3 Sony Battery Charger, looking a lot like a Sony T-series camera with a grip and a big lens screwed onto the front. It also evokes the memory of the Sony F505 through the F717, unusual looking cameras produced from 2000 to 2002.
Instead they look more like a midsize digital camera with a big lens grafted on. Bordering on the absurd, especially with the 18-55mm lens mounted, the Sony NEX-5 manages to pull off this seeming overemphasis on optics if only because of the lens's shiny aluminum barrel, whose efficient shape speaks of precision. After several years of relative sameness among digital camera designs, it's refreshing to see something bold. The Sony NEX-5 is most certainly bold.
Much like sports car designs emphasize their command of the road by contrasting their low profile bodies with large, fully exposed wheels, the Sony NEX design shows its command of light by contrasting its small digital camera body with a large, burnished gunmetal lens. That's truer with the NEX-5 than the NEX-3 Charger for Sony Camcorder, whose very mount size exceeds the camera body's height. Lower left of the lens in these shots is the lens release button, and upper left is the AF-assist and self-timer lamp. Just below the shutter button, you can also see an infrared remote control port.