The onscreen display is very responsive, so there's not much lag associated with framing action shots.
Touch operation can be turned off completely if it's not your thing, but we found it to be pretty useful for accurate focusing on the spur of the moment.
The 18-55mm OSS kit lens is surprisingly sharp, given the poor performance we usually see from lenses of its type, and it's built like a tank, too.
(Of course, it's also comically large on the tiny 5R body, but that's a gripe for another section.) It's sharpest at middle focal lengths and middle apertures, but falls off only slightly at full wide angle or full telephoto. Color accuracy is probably its worst trait, as it turns in an uncorrected color error of 2.74 in our standardized X-Rite Color Checker test.
Home to some of the finest mirrorless cameras on the market, Sony's NEX series has been defined by thin bodies, oversized mounts, and a...
well, we'll be charitable and say "growing" lens selection.
It's a good thing the core performance of the NEX-5R impressed us, because new features like Wi-Fi and installable apps certainly didn't.
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Other issues interfere with the 5R's ergonomics, too.
Not only does the neck strap get in the way during everyday use, but the rotating dial / directional pad is so high up toward the thumb rest that you'll find yourself accidentally striking it fairly often.