Sony subtly updates its mainstream NEX

Silver and white versions of the 5T won't be available until 2014. Lori Grunin/CNET

There's not much to say about Sony's replacement for the Alpha NEX-5R, the NEX-5T, which really only features a few tweaks -- few enough that I'd say watch for price drops on the 5R and snap it up.

The most noticeable change is the kit; Sony's swapping the large 18-55mm lens for the more compact, video-friendly 16-50mm f3.5-5.6 power zoom version. Sony also added NFC to the camera, to facilitate Wi-Fi connections between devices. Based on my experiences with the RX100 II, it's a lot nicer and more seamless than the more common method used by the 5R.

The NEX-5T will be available in black, white, or silver, but the latter two colors won't ship until 2014; the black version is slated to ship in September. The kit will cost $699.99, which is about $100 more than the 5R is currently going for.


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  • Features AF illuminator
    flash +/- compensation
  • Guide Number (m / ISO 100) 7
  • Weight 7.69 oz
  • Red Eye Reduction Yes
  • Digital camera type Interchangeable Lens Digital SLR camera
  • Sensor Resolution 16.1 Megapixel
  • Optical Zoom 3 x
  • Lens Aperture f/3.5-5.6
  • Focus Adjustment automatic
  • Min Focus Distance 11.8 in
  • Digital Zoom 4 x
  • Optical Sensor Size 15.6 x 23.5mm
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  • Image Stabilizer optical (Steady Shot)
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