Sony introduces NEX-5T Wi-Fi and NFC enabled mirrorless camera

Sony has announced the Sony Alpha NEX-5T, boasting all the same features that the Alpha NEX-5R offered with the addition of NFC. Smartphones and tablets with the technology will be able to pair easily with the NEX-5T to take advantage of its wireless connectivity. With a 16.1 megapixel APS-C sized sensor, Wi-Fi connectivity and a 3.0-inch flip-up touch LCD, the NEX-5T is introduced at $50 less than its predecessor’s initial MSRP. Click through for more information.

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Sony Introduces Ultra-Portable NEX-5T Compact System Camera with Wi-Fi®, NFC and Fast Hybrid AF

Sony Alpha NEX-5T

SAN DIEGO, August 27, 2013 –The versatile new Sony α NEX-5T compact system camera combines a stylish, ultra-compact design and the creative capabilities of interchangeable lenses with large-sensor image quality, speedy Auto Focus (AF) and the convenience of NFC (Near Field Communication) one-touch for easier Wi-Fi connectivity.

Inside the new camera is a large, high-resolution 16.1 effective megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor – identical in size to the sensors found in traditional DSLR cameras. The large sensor takes in more light during image capture, allowing for richly detailed DSLR-quality still images and full HD videos.

The new NEX-5T camera will come in a kit with the sharp, compact SELP1650 motorized zoom lens, which measures only about 1.2 inches thick when fully retracted. The lens contains built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization for clearer handheld images and has a smooth power zoom dial that is particularly useful during video shooting.

“This new camera carries on the NEX-5 series’ strong tradition of compactness and high performance,” said Mike Kahn, director of the interchangeable lens camera business group at Sony.  “Available in a convenient, travel-friendly package with the compact SELP1650 power zoom kit lens, it’s the ideal choice for step-up point-and-shoot users, smartphone photographers who want higher quality images and even photo enthusiasts who are looking for a more portable alternative to replace their DSLR.”

NFC and Wi-Fi Convenience

The new α NEX-5T camera is the first Sony interchangeable lens camera to feature NFC, giving the extra convenience of one-touch wireless connectivity with compatible Android smartphones and tablets1. A connection is activated automatically as soon as the mobile device touches the camera, allowing for immediate image and video2 sharing between devices.  Content is then safely stored on the connected device and can be shared via social media and other common applications.

For devices without NFC one-touch capabilities, users can wirelessly transfer images and videos between compatible devices through use of Wi-Fi™ and Sony’s PlayMemories Mobile application, available for both the iOS and Android platforms.

Additionally, a “Smart Remote Control” feature on the NEX-5T utilizes Wi-Fi to send a live image preview to a wirelessly connected camera or tablet, allowing it to act as a remote viewfinder, adjust common photographic settings and release the shutter button. It’s a unique, fun feature that can be used for framing and shooting group portraits that include the photographer, and can be activated using either NFC one-touch or Wi-Fi connectivity.

Fast Hybrid AF

In line with last year’s NEX-5R model, the new NEX-5T camera also features Fast Hybrid AF auto focus technology, which combines phase-detection and contrast-detection methods to ensure speedy, accurate autofocus in any shooting situation. The intuitive focusing system uses 99 phase-detection AF points arrayed on the image sensor to detect a subject’s distance and quickly lock focus. Then, contrast-detection AF confirms extremely fine, precise details.

In Speed Priority mode, the camera will switch automatically to phase detection tracking AF to track fast-moving action accurately in each frame up to 10 frames per second3.

Expanding PlayMemories™ Camera Apps Platform

The growing range of downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps4 add more fun and exciting features to the NEX-5T camera. Shooters can pick from a range of free and nominal cost apps to broaden creative options and experiment with new photography effects.

There are 15 apps currently available, including “Direct Upload,” which allows photos to be uploaded directly to Facebook™ and now Flickr as well, with support for additional services scheduled for the future. Other fun applications include “Motion-shot,” which can combine several different shots from an action-series into one creative photo, “Time-Lapse,” which takes several photos over a series of time and stitches them together to create time-lapse photography, and several other creative and teaching tools.

Design and Control

The new NEX-5T camera features a fully programmable control dial and Fn (function) button – a versatile combination for photographers accustomed to the flexibility and direct control of a DSLR camera. The camera’s intuitive touch-screen LCD can flip downwards for high-angle shots over crowds, or upwards up to 180 degrees for easy arm’s length self-portraits. It also has a touch-shutter function for added convenience.

New Sony α Accessories

A range of optional accessories offers stylish protection for the camera. Designed in a range of colors to fit the NEX-5T and NEX-5R cameras including black, pink, orange and green, the LCJ-EBA case is a thin, light body jacket that allows full use of the new camera’s NFC function.

The new LCS-EMJ is a soft carrying case with an expandable structure that accommodates any E-mount camera and lens ranging from pancake prime lenses to longer telezoom models.

For convenient power supply, the new versatile BC-QM1 battery charger doubles as a handy power source for smartphones and cameras. This compact battery charger is ideal for travel with a retracting plug and universal voltage AC10-240V (50/60Hz).

Pricing and Availability

The NEX-5T compact system camera will be offered in silver, black and white for about $700 in a kit with a compact, versatile 16-50mm motorized zoom lens (model SELP1650) or as a body-only for about $550. It will be available for purchase in early September.

The new camera is compatible with Sony’s ever-growing assortment of E-mount interchangeable lenses. In total, 16 different lenses are now available including several premium models from Carl Zeiss ™ and G™ Lenses.

The new LCS-EBA body jacket, LCS-EMJ carrying case and BC-QM1 battery charger will be available this September for about $25, $40 and $60, respectively.

The new camera and all compatible accessories will be available at Sony retail stores ( and other authorized dealers nationwide.

Please visit for a full video preview of the new NEX-5T compact system camera and follow #SonyNEX on twitter for the latest α NEX camera news.

1 For NFC compatible smartphones or tablets with Android OS Version 4.0 or later

2 Video format or the compatibility of transferring video depends on devices

3 Frame rate may vary based on shooting conditions

4 PlayMemories Camera Apps require download with existing Sony Entertainment Network Account.  Download available in all countries/areas where Sony Entertainment Network is available.

{product} specifications

MSRP $699 with 18-55mm lens
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 16.1 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 16.1 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
Processor Bionz
Color space sRGB, Adobe RGB
Color filter array Primary color filter
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
File format
  • RAW
  • JPEG
Image parameters
  • Contrast -3 to +3 steps
  • Saturation -3 to +3 steps
  • Sharpness -3 to +3 steps
Optics & Focus
  • Contrast Detect (sensor)
  • Phase Detect
  • Multi-area
  • Center
  • Selective single-point
  • Tracking
  • Single
  • Continuous
  • Touch
  • Face Detection
  • Live View
Autofocus assist lamp Yes (with built-in LED type)
Digital zoom No
Manual focus Yes
Number of focus points 25
Lens mount Sony E Mount
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
Exposure modes
  • iAUTO
  • Superior Auto
  • Programmed AE (P)
  • Aperture priority (A)
  • Shutter-speed priority (S)
  • Manual (M)
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Scene Selection
Scene modes
  • Portrait
  • Landscape
  • Macro
  • Sports Action
  • Sunset
  • Night Portrait
  • Night View
  • Hand-held Twilight
  • Anti Motion Blur
Built-in flash No
Flash range 7 m (ISO100)
External flash Yes (Accessory Port (supplied))
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Continuous drive Yes (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
  • H.264
Microphone Stereo
Speaker Mono
Storage types SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage included None
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
Other features
Orientation sensor Yes
Timelapse recording No
GPS None

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They could have at least put the new 20MP sensor in !


What’s the point of DPR news items when not coupled with previews? By the time something makes to this news section, it would have had a long life in various leak/rumour environments and become stale.


what do you need the previews for? so many variety of NEX5s are out there and they don’t vary much to assure a preview for each of them. i don’t DPR’s page to be flooded with NEX3s and NEX5s…


“GPS None”

I am freaking out everytime I see this in 2013….


Samsung NX300 has wifi, nfc, hybrid focus, 25% more MP, is 20% cheaper and has been out for 5 months now 🙂 Anyway competition is good.




$400 for the A3000 with a viewfinder and 20MP sensor, or $700 for the NEX-5T with no viewfinder and the same old 16MP sensor.

Yeah, I know there’s other differences (like the LCD), but the price premium for compact mirrorless cameras still makes me sigh. And they wonder why these things aren’t catching on in the US?


Simply said: 100$ more vs NEX 5R just for the NFC facility.You need it,you get it..


Specifications say no image stabilisation ????

Andy Westlake

The camera has no built-in image stabilisation, but most of the lenses have optical stabilisation.


Why Sony cannot introduce NEX with control dial aka NEX-6 and alpha menu aka RX100?


The spec says “$699 with 18-55mm lens”. Is that a typo? Shouldn’t it be the 16-50mm lens?


just checked there is no 18-55 kit for NEX-5T on Sony’s website.


dpreview please correct above with 16-50mm kit lens not 18-55mm


The Nex-5R was sold with either lens so this one may be too.


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NEX-5T and 16-70 OSS $1550, sounds like a fantastic combo!


16-70/4 is too dark.


Then by the silver version!


why when you can buy pure silver at less than 1/4 of price?


chinese girls want pink version….

Digital Daydream

Get back to us when you can take photographs with your lump of pure silver.


the basic form of the original NEX line is good but the grip is still not very comfortable maybe because Sony want to use more straight lines than a curved design?

Sam Carriere

If Sony says “early September” for availability, my guess is next spring or early summer … maybe.

James Booba

They are not Canon.


or Panasonic


Expecting to see more “Introduces” articles here is DPR in the lead up to the Christmas season…



Is this a new sensor from the last Nex 5R? Or is the NFC the only real differences?

Rooru S

NFC is the only real thing being added. No reason to buy this camera at all unless you have a Sony or another Japanese-market phone with NFC.

Eric Hensel

I have an inexpensive Samsung phone with NFC, in California. Not sure what you mean about Japanese market…


I have a phone and two tablets with NFC, not sure what you’re on about… I’m not in Japan and none of the aforementioned devices are made by Sony. This seems like pretty much the only use for it until contactless payment takes off in a big way, too. I tried it out with a Panasonic LF1 and it actually seems like a pretty convenient way to initiate connection between the two devices without having to manually configure WiDi between them, assuming it works as well with a Sony camera. I’m not about to replace my 5N though…


Same NEX menu system or was it changed? I thought I read on SAR it was supposed to be a new menu interface.

Anyone know?

Rooru S

Their source probably confused NEX with NEW.

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