LCD and Viewfinder
Sony NEX-5 has a Tilting 3″ LCD screen with a resolution of 920k dots. Both the screen size and the screen resolution is up to the standards of this class.
NEX-5 doesn't have a viewfinder and no option for external viewfinder. Lack of a viewfinder can be problematic especially under strong light where visibility of LCD screens goes down dramatically. If you need a Mirrorless camera with a built-in viewfinder in a similar price range, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (Lumix DMC-G80) (Compare) or Sony Alpha A7 (Compare). If the price is not an issue, take a look at our Top Rated Cameras with Viewfinders.
Max Shutter speed
Sony NEX-5 can shoot continuously at max speed of 7 fps and has max shutter speed of 1/4000 sec.
Unfortunately NEX-5 doesn't have a built-in flash but it has a flash shoe for mounting external flashes.
Sony NEX-5 features a Contrast Detection autofocusing system. The AF system has 25 points to choose from.
With Sony NEX-5, you can record your videos at a highest resolution of 1920 x 1080 at 60 fps and save in and AVCHD formats. Full HD resolution of Sony NEX-5 will be adequate in most of the situations. But if you are after the highest resolution videos available, see our list of Top Cameras with 4K (Ultra-HD) Video.
NEX-5 has a built-in Stereo microphone and a Mono speaker.
Sony NEX-5 doesn't have any connections for external microphones and headphones. If you need a Mirrorless camera with external microphone connectivity, consider Panasonic Lumix DMC-G85 (Lumix DMC-G80) or Sony Alpha A7 in a similar price range.
Connectivity and Storage
You can connect NEX-5 to compatible devices via its HDMI port or USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) port.
Battery Sony NEX-5 is powered by battery which provides a shooting life of 330 according to CIPA standards.
Considering that the average battery life of Mirrorless type cameras is 354 shots, its battery life is about average in its class but it would still be wise to invest in some spare batteries for long photo trips.
Battery Life Comparison in Entry-Level Mirrorless Cameras
Samsung NX mini with its 650shots is the model with longest battery life among Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras. Check the comparison of Sony NEX-5 vs Samsung NX mini or take a look at Longest Battery Life Mirrorless cameras list.
Sony NEX-5 Features Compared to Main Competitors
Current Lowest price for Sony NEX-5 is $599.00