The 5R could still benefit from better controls, as its improved scheme is still not up to the level of access that you get with a DSLR. But its combination of portability and near pocketability (I actually was able to keep it in the pocket of a blazer on numerous occasions as I was out and about) with DSLR level image and video quality make it a winner and an easy recommendation. There might not be enough here to force existing NEX-5N owners to upgrade, but it certainly is enough to keep the NEX-5R at the top of the short list of best mirrorless cameras that you can buy.
Ever since Shawn Blanc wrote up his reasoning behind an investment in a mirrorless camera, my interest has been piqued in the genre. As someone who enjoys casual iPhone photography, I've grown increasingly dissatisfied with the quality and versatility of my camera, but a leap to DSLR has always felt too daunting to undertake. With a mirrorless camera, however, I feel I've found a fantastic starting point for proper photography.
In the past few weeks, I've settled on the Sony NEX-5R. There's no particular science behind the decision beyond the fact that it seems competent and it's aesthetically well-designed.
Fortunately, however, The Verge suggests that there's much more to the package than simply looks and intuition. When I get around to investing in a mirrorless camera, it will almost certainly be this one.
The Sony NEX-5R is available from Amazon for $698 with an 18-55mm lens.