Features & Controls (cont.)

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sony_nex-5_cotrols_top.jpgHere we can see a bird's eye view of the top of the NEX-5. There are minimal controls located here, with the Stereo left and right microphones straddling the NEX Smart Accessory port, the Play button, On/Off switch and the main shutter release. You can also see the Movie mode shutter release on the leading edge at the bottom right. The NEX Smart Accessory port is used for attaching various optional accessories, like the included HVL-F7S flash unit or the optional FDA-SV1 optical viewfinder and ECM-SST1 external stereo microphone.


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Most of the NEX-5's settings are controlled via the GUI in combination with the limited controls located on the back. At the top right you can see the Movie mode record button, followed the "soft keys" which are located above, in the center of and below the 4-way control pad / control wheel. These small silver buttons are used to control the options that are displayed on the LCD in the same position. Lastly, we have the 4-way directional pad with a nice control wheel mounted around it. Pressing Up (DISP) toggles the amount of information displayed on the LCD, Right changes the flash mode, Down allows you to apply Exposure compensation or enter Index mode in playback, and Left controls the Drive mode. The control wheel is used for various functions; one of the most used controls I'd say.














 





sony_nex-5_lcd_anim.gifThe NEX-5 boasts an impressive LCD display, which Sony labels as their "TruBlack" TFT type screen. With 921,600 pixels of resolution, this 3.0-inch unit offers a beautiful live image with 100% frame coverage, and Sony also includes ±2 degrees of brightness adjustment. On top of this, the display can be tilted Up (80°) or Down (45°), for greater framing versatility.





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Located on the left hand side of the NEX-5 are the input/output ports. At the top we have a standard USB connector for transferring files to your PC/MAC, or direct printing when connected to a compatible printer.










At the bottom we have a Mini HDMI port for connecting the NEX-5 to your PC/Mac or HDTV for viewing the camera's 1080i movies.










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Here you can see the NEX-5's battery/memory card port door open, which gives you access to the camera's Li-ion battery (more on that below) and the dual card slot. It accepts both Memory Stick Duo Pro and SD/SDHX/SDXC type memory cards; both cards may Not be used at the same time.


sony_nex-5_battery.jpgLastly we have the camera's Li-ion rechargeable battery and compact AC charger. Sony supplies their 7.2V NP-FW50 InfoLITHIUM battery pack with the NEX-5, which they claim will allow you to capture up to 330 frames, using CIPA standard testing methods. Picking up an extra pack (about $80 direct from Sony) would be a wise choice if you're planning a vacation of extended shoot, that way you can charge one pack while using another.








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