Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only)

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Product Highlights
  • 16.1Mp Exmor APS HD CMOS Sensor
  • Tiltable 3.0" Touch LCD
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • 1080/60p HD Movie Capture
  • Up to 10 FPS Shooting
  • Photo Creativity Touch
  • Sweep Panorama
  • Accepts Sony E-Mount Lenses
  • HVL-F7 Flash Included

The Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only) is another capable soldier in the army of not point-and-shoot not a DSLR. This genre, if you will, holds its place in the market, intriguing those who want the flexibility that interchangeable lenses and numerous manual and creative features can give them, without having to lug around a huge DSLR body. The NEX-5N doesn't disappoint. In fact, Sony boasts the camera's extremely small form-factor as being one of the smallest in its class.

Size aside, the Alpha NEX-5N embodies a number of features that make it a worthy option for any connoisseur of digital cameras. First and foremost would be the 16.1Mp APS-C CMOS sensor. With 16.1Mp your images will have lush color and impressive detail. Your options for making enlarged prints are boundless as well. Sony's Exmor APS HD CMOS technology works together with the BIONZ image processor for excellent low light sensitivity and a distinct lack of sensor noise. On the back of the body is a 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD that boasts Sony's TruBlack screen which suppresses internal reflections. This LCD also tilts down 45° and up 80° for framing hard-to-get shots.

In addition to capturing still images, every digital junkie longs to let their filmmaker persona out. Sony's NEX-5N does not disappoint this class of aspiring Spielbergs. The long standing camera company knows that in addition to versatility in lens options, along with a small form-factor, the HD video capture is right up there in importance. Video can be recorded at 1920 x 1080 in a number of frame rates, including 60p and 24p. The camera also uses the AVCHD codec for high-quality capture, and the MP4 codec for easy upload to the Internet. The camera also sports an HDMI output for one-cable sharing of your favorite videos on the big screen (AKA: your HDTV).

When it comes to what lenses the NEX-5N takes, Sony made it compatible with their E-Mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for Alpha compact interchangeable lens cameras. Using optional LA-EA1 and EA2 adapters you can also attach A-Mount lenses to the camera as well. The LA-EA2 also provides Phase Detection AF as well. The mirror built-in between the two mounts directs a small portion of light to the phase detection AF sensor in the bottom of the unit, making this feature available to you when the adapter is connected.

As for shooting options and modes, the NEX-5N has a number of them. First up is 10 frames per second shooting, at the camera's full 16.1Mp resolution. This mode enables great sports and kids photos. Another notable feature is Photo Creativity Touch. This mode allows you to be creative with your photos in-camera, right on the LCD screen, in real time. Sweep Panorama and 3D Sweep Panorama modes allow for capture of scenic vistas and 16:9 (wide angle) shots as panoramas and in wondrous 3D, respectively. Among the other features you'll find Object Tracking AF, Auto HDR, Intelligent Auto Focus, iAUTO mode, and many others. A HVL-F7 auxiliary flash is included.

DSLR Quality in Your Pocket
This interchangeable lens digital still camera uses a large APS-C size sensor. The removal of the conventional mirror box and viewfinder results in a camera body that is about half the size and weight of a standard DSLR camera
Up to 10 Frames Per Second Shooting
Capture the decisive moment in sports and get the ideal baby photo. Up to 10 fps continuous shooting at full 16.1Mp resolution. Standard continuous shooting speeds vary based upon shooting conditions and memory card speeds
16.1Mp Exmor APS-C CMOS Image Sensor
You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise
HD Movie Shooting 60p/24p
Record Full HD 1920 x 1080 video in a variety of frame rates from 60p for super smooth action to 24p for a more cinematic feel. The NEX-5N utilizes the AVCHD codec, the industry standard for high quality HD video capture, as well as the MP4 codec for easy upload to the web due to its smaller file size
Photo Creativity Touch
The Photo Creativity interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression through direct photographic control in an easy to use interface. Changes can be combined/removed and viewed in real time on the LCD making it a breeze to make adjustments
Tiltable 3.0" Touch LCD
Sony's 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further in bright sunlight. Tilts down 45° and up 80° to frame high and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss
Object Tracking AF Via Touch LCD
Object Tracking AF can lock onto a specified object and maintain focus even as the subject moves. This hassle-free mode allows unpredictable subjects to stay in focus even while zooming. Letting you concentrate on the scene and composition without having to worry about focus. The subject on which to lock focus is easily selected via the touch screen or the center button of the control wheel
World's Shortest Release Time Lag
In photography, shutter lag, or release time, is the delay between triggering the shutter by fully depressing the shutter button and when the photograph is actually recorded. By initiating the exposure electronically instead of with the traditional shutter mechanism, release time on the NEX-5N is reduced to just 20 milliseconds - helping you to capture the decisive moment
Optional XGA OLED Viewfinder
The optional FDA-EV1S OLED Tru-Finder offers a large, bright and wide-view of the scene. With high resolution 2.395K dot, and unprecedented speed, contrast and color accuracy, the FDA-EV1S provides an extraordinary view
11 Picture Effect Modes
There are 11 picture effects modes to choose from: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow), Soft High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal, Cool, Warm, Green, Magenta), Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, and Miniature. Each is unique and each gives you a new and exciting way to make your images and videos pop
Peaking AF Display
The Peaking AF display makes precise manual focusing much easier by highlighting the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors (white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focal plane can make or break your shot
3D Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television4. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats
Sweep Panorama Mode
Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23Mp image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (16mm focal length)
6-Image Layering
The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. The camera then combines the data from the 6 different images to create a single image. This method is used to control blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode or to get cleaner, sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode
Auto HDR
High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Until recently, you needed a computer and editing software. Sony builds HDR in. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second
P/A/S/M Operating Modes
The NEX-5N offers a full range of controls for video and still shooting from the beginner's iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control
Intelligent Auto Focus
Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum
iAUTO Mode
Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. Takes advantage of Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization without leaving auto mode so you always get the best shot
BIONZ Image Processor
The brain of the camera is a refined version of Sony's BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 25600 sensitivity. Also enables fast processing for up to 10 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 16.1 megapixel images, 2D/3D Sweep Panorama modes and 6 image layering
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO)
Dynamic Range Optimizer improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off
Accepts Sony E-Mount Lenses
Compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for Alpha compact interchangeable lens cameras. Opens up a world of creative options
Phase Detect AF for E-Mount Bodies with Adapter
Both the LA-EA1 and EA2 adapters (sold separately) allow you to attach A-mount lenses to your E-mount camera. However, the LA-EA2 is the world's first adapter to leverage Sony's exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology to provide super fast and accurate Phase Detection AF as well. The LA-EA2 adapter has a translucent mirror built-in between the two mounts that directs a small portion of the light to the phase detection AF sensor in the bottom of the unit
25-Point Auto Focus
25 sensors cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame
HDMI Output
Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output
Stamina Battery Power for Up to 430 Shots
Take up to 430 shots on a single charge with Sony lithium ion Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence
Imaging
Lens Mount Sony E-Mount
Camera Format APS-C (1.5x Crop Factor)
Pixels 16.1 Megapixel
Sensor Type / Size CMOS, 23.5 x 15.6 mm
File Formats Still Images: JPEG, RAW
Movies: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio: AAC
Dust Reduction System Yes
Memory Card Type Memory Stick PRO HG-Duo
SD
SDHC
SDXC
AV Recording
Video Recording Yes, NTSC
Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
Audio Recording With Video, Stereo
Focus Control
Focus Type Auto & Manual
Focus Mode Single-servo AF (S), Continuous-servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
Autofocus Points 25
Viewfinder/Display
Display Screen 3" Rear Screen Tilting  LCD (921,600)
Screen Coverage 100%
Exposure Control
ISO Sensitivity 100-25600
Shutter Type: Electronic
Speed: 30 - 1/4000 sec
Metering Method Spot metering, Center-weighted average metering, Multi-zone metering
Exposure Modes Modes: Aperture Priority, Auto, Manual, Shutter Priority
Compensation: -3 EV to +3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
White Balance Modes Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Preset Manual, Shade
Flash
External Flash Connection Proprietary
Performance
Continuous Shooting Up to 10 fps
Self Timer 2 sec, 10 sec
Connectivity AV Output
HDMI C (Mini)
USB 2.0
Software System Requirements Windows: XP (SP3), Vista (SP2), 7
Mac: OS X 10.3 or later
Power
Battery 1x NP-FW50  Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack
Physical
Dimensions (WxHxD) 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.5" / 11.1 x 5.9 x 3.8 cm
Weight 7.4 oz / 210 g Camera body only
Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only)
  • NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1020mAh)
  • BC-VW1 AC Charger for W Series Battery
  • HVL-F7 Flash
  • USB Mini B Cable
  • Shoulder Strap
  • Body Cap
  • CD-ROM
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
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    SonyAlpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only)
     
    4.3

    (based on 19 reviews)

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    89%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Good image quality (16)
    • Tilt /swivel LCD (14)
    • High ISO performance (13)
    • Fast shutter speed (12)
    • Easy to use (11)

    Cons

    • No viewfinder (6)

    Best Uses

    • Family photos (12)
    • Travel (12)
    • Landscape/scenery (11)
    • Low light (9)
    • Video (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (11), Semi-pro photographer (4), Pro photographer (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    From a 7D to a NEX-5N

    This camera does not replace a DSLR camera, there, that said I'll continue.

    I had a 7D, loved it, hated carrying it and all the lenses around and found myself...Read complete review

    This camera does not replace a DSLR camera, there, that said I'll continue.

    I had a 7D, loved it, hated carrying it and all the lenses around and found myself preferring to leave it at home than to lug it around.

    So why buy a DSLR if you can have a mirror-less camera that weighs on average 11 lbs less (yeah, that's right, 11 lbs less to carry around your neck) and takes photos that are equal to or better than any APS-C DSLR around today (including the Canon 7D and the Nikon D7000)?

    Well, if you really need true high fps, while this camera can take some really quick shots, it's more of a burst than continuous. My 7D could take 8 fps all day long even in RAW, no way with this guy. Also, if you need to adjust settings on-the-fly without looking at a screen and with just a 'feel' of the camera the DSLR owns this camera all day long. Of course there are the different modes of auto-focus etc. that also prove the DSLR technology to be superior.

    But, if you don't need the above, this camera takes BETTER pictures than my 7D, weighs on average 11 lbs less, costs well over 1,000 dollars less (for just the body), has more everyday features that really work well, and higher end functions like bracketing, HDR, full manual control, and RAW file output just like the big boys.

    If you're not a professional photographer or don't have aspirations to become one, you don't need a DSLR, you need this camera.

    The quality of your photography is now only limited by your imagination.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Small camera - big revolution

    Let me start with that I use canon 5D with 6 lenses for a few years now and I was reading about NEX series for quite a while. So I get NEX 5N as...Read complete review

    Let me start with that I use canon 5D with 6 lenses for a few years now and I was reading about NEX series for quite a while. So I get NEX 5N as a second camera and it surprised me in a good way. High ISO images (good samples can be found at dpreview.com) are very usable. ISO 1600/3200 is so much better compared to what I get with my full frame canon 5D! Video quality is brilliant and my camera is producing clear sound without ugly clicks reported by engadget.com. For Full HD 60p quality you have to have a faster SD card because 27mb/sec stream is not something common for SD class 10 cards. Sandisc extreme series (30Mb/sec write speed) handles video recording task very well.With bigger screan, focus tracking and other features on, NEX 5N consumes its small 1080mAh battery pretty fast, so if you plan extended shooting sessions - an extra battery is a must.I didn't see many cases to fit NEX 5N with 18-200 lens attached. My choice is Kata 3-n-1 backpack which fits camera+lens+iPad and leaves a lot of room for other stuff. Very stylish and high quality bag.Now why I put 3 stars only:1. Magnesium body and overall ex-x-xellent build quality is ruined by plastic ON switch. Minus .5 star.2. Flash is ugly. It is a shame for engineers cause flash is unusable it short range with 18-200mm lens on. Minus 1.5 stars.Overall I am really glad to own this camera. I keep my fingers crossed for sony to introduce a good flash unit and perphaps I'll sell my Canon 5D as picture quality is comparable if not better.

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    2.0

    I didn't like it

    By Rinny

    from Southern California

    Verified Buyer

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          Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

          It doesn't look very much like its picture, although of course it's recognizable. But its picture is made with the highest-grade lighting and backdrop, etc., and it looks as beautiful as one should expect, given that it's designed to show it in its best possible aspect. However, the camera itself looks sort of cheap and plastic-like. And the menus are far, far too complicated. All I wanted to do with it anyway was to make panoramas, but I don't think it's worth the trouble. I guess I want the Model T of cameras. That means, of course, a wide-angle lens and extreme cropping and enlargement. Well, that's the way I think I have to do it. Thanks, though, for sending it out for my inspection.

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          5.0

          Solid compact mirrorless camera

          By Willie B

          from Chicago, IL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Quiet

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Street photography
          • Travel

          Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

          Like others, I wanted a highly portable camera with a decent sensor size to complement my full frame DSLR (5DMII). With a Sigma 30MM prime lens, this fits the bill. In this configuration, the camera with attached lens fits in a good size pocket, think cargo pants or jacket, not skinny jeans.

          Because the viewing screen tilts up and down this camera can be used in a highly unobtrusive way if one is engaged in street photography. Things that I have noticed after using this are as follows: a) for some reason, it is very slow in erasing images; b) as noted, the viewing screen tips up and down, but not left to right which would be better for some "portrait" orientation shooting; c) the manual is less than complete. For example, I had to go online to find out how to turn on the live view histogram display; d) with a limited number of buttons, access to features is dependent on scrollng through menus. The top level menu has six options, and some of the sub-menus have many, many choices. I would be happier with more top level menu categories (8 or 9) and fewer choices at the next level; d) of the buttons that are there, the movie button is very easy to press accidently. As a still photographer, I wish it were a little more remote; e) it should be obvious that the body has no view finder. If that is important to you, get the Nex 7, or the add-on electronic viewfinder (which of course will diminish portability).

          These are minor quibbles for me, and I think this camera hits the sweet spot for me in the trade-off between small size and high image quality.

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          4.0

          Compact Body but very versatile

          By Jeff

          from Singapore

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Good Image Stabilization
          • High ISO Performance
          • Light form factor
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • LCD less touch function
          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel
          • Video

          Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

          Primary use is video shooting mainly while mounted on a multirotor. It is not a perfect product but it does it job. It cant be compared to hacked GH2 but with right setting graduated tones can be achieve.

          The disadvante of NEX 5N is the limited range of lens that are currently available. Having adapter is good but with multirotor weight is the enemy

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          5.0

          Amazing Enthusiast Camera

          By Karmatetra

          from Albuquerque, NM

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • High ISO Performance
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Travel
          • Video
          • Wildlife photos

          Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

          This is my first "enthusiast" camera, however the touchscreen interface with pop-up help makes it is so easy to use, it feels like a point-and-shoot camera. The automatic (i-photo) mode enables truly amazing photos every time. The resolution and lack of noise even in dim light results in pro quality images. I am using the 30mm macro lens for general use and the quality is fantastic. With the macro lens I want to walk up to every flower and snap a photo. The images make me giddy. Can't believe how easy it is to take high quality photos.

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          4.0

          Canon FD Lens w/Novoflex on NEX-5N

          By brian in SLO

          from San Luis Obispo, Ca.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Fast Shutter Speed
          • Good Image Quality
          • Large Clear LCD
          • Quiet
          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

          Cons

          • No Viewfinder
          • Very small to handle well

          Best Uses

            Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

            As a long time enthusiast with Canon A-1 and 5D Mk1 with the 24-105 L lens, I was hoping to be able to be able to use my manual FD lenses (3.5/50 macro, 1.4/50, 28-85 zoom) and a Series One Vivitar 3.5/ 70-210mm again, even with the longer reach and likely change in depth of field...by using the Novoflex adapter and the 5N body.

            I found very mixed results and can only offer limited information as a caution to those interested in this combination. First, I will say that the color and bokeh are quiet beautiful, consistently better than I remembered with my film images with these lenses. Unfortunately the loss of DOF was much greater than I expected in this set up and the Peaking System and magnification, while helpful, was not enough to allow me to get the focus placed correctly much of the time. Perhaps an EVF would help.

            I do not fault the Novoflex adapter as I was able to get extremely sharp focus in several lenses both hand held and on tripod for flat work. I do think that one must learn the more limited capabilities of this set up and I simply don't have the time and patience to do that.

            I believe the 5N is an exceptional technology, but my hopes that my smaller FD lenses would be in good proportion to the 5N body have been dampened by the experiment. Next stop may be the NEX-7 with extra $$$ for a small quality lens or two.

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            5.0

            Works well with Nikon lenses

            By Metadata fella

            from Blacksburg, VA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Fast Shutter Speed
            • Good Image Quality
            • High ISO Performance
            • Large Clear LCD
            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Architecture
              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

              I purchased the camera mainly for travel, but have been using it as a carry around camera and for architecture at home. I wanted some of the features of my snapshot cameras along with my Nikon lenses and image quality consistent with my D300. The first thing I noticed was that I am much more aware of my lenses than on other bodies. The body is so unobtrusive and simple to use. My prime lenses work beautifully with the Novoflex adapter, which I had to figure into the price when I decided to get the camera. My old 35mm PC lens is easier to use with this camera than it ever was with an SLR. I just have to adjust the aperture ring until the exposure is right--no opening up and stopping down. With the adapter the camera essentially has the functions of my Nikon F3. There is aperture priority or manual exposure. For manual, it is easy to change shutter speeds or ISO. For auto exposure, it is easy to adjust the +/- EV. The live view and histogram are invaluable exposure aids while making the adjustments. Manual focus is easy. The outlines (peaking) around sharp edges are effective in most circumstances. The magnified view works well when peaking doesn't. The image quality is excellent to about ISO 1600. Beyond that, you can expect some grain and then some noise, or softening from noise elimination. It can capture an image in remarkable dim light if you don't need pristine quality. The viewfinder holds up well enough in bright sun to tell what you are photographing, if not in all detail. You have the scene right in front of you for that. You just need to know what the viewfinder includes. I sometimes have to shade the viewfinder to see the shutter speed and histogram, but not often, at least not where I live. If you are used to using mirror less snapshot cameras, or even ground glass under a focusing cloth, you shouldn't have a problem without a viewfinder. The shutter sound is pronounced--louder than a Leica, but less than an SLR. The camera is nicely designed. The Novoflex adapter and Nikon lenses seem like a part of the camera itself, not add-ons. One annoyance you have to learn to avoid is the ease of inadvertently pressing the video button.

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              5.0

              Pocket Battleship

              By Weegee

              from New York, NY

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

                    I've had the NEX5n for about a month now, and enjoy it very much as a carry-around. With 16mm lens, external viewfinder, shotgun mic, mini-flash, spare battery, charger, USB cable and card reader, all fits in a tiny featherweight 6x8x8 padded bag. This would be unremarkable if we were discussing a consumer-grade point-and-shoot camera, but this is something else entirely; the sensor produces still images rivaling my D70 (surpassing it in low light), and the 1080/60p video is simply stunning (same capabilities as the VG-20, with more controls). With an adapter I use my Nikon DX lenses (without autofocus), and there are adapters available for Leica M, Cine, and many other mounts - although the camera lacks audio inputs, and has only a proprietary hot shoe for a few Sony accessories.

                    As a lifelong street photographer, and former film/video professional, I have to say this camera is a real winner, you will never feel like leaving it at home. The fast 16mm lens is quite impressive for the price. The unique EVF is nice for manually focusing in low light, amplifying the brightness when necessary, like a military night-vision scope, though the large built-in LCD is sharp and bright enough for most situations, with useful touchscreen controls. The stereo shotgun mic can be adjusted to several spread angles (good for interview or performance), while the built-in stereo mics are adequate for ambient recording. The tiny included flash is too bright and narrow for the 16mm lens, but a bit of diffusion gel should soften it up. Best of all, you can leave all the accessories in the bag most of the time, and have fun with a pocket-size camera that can produce incredible results, in both still and video, in almost any situation, including low-light settings beyond the capabilities of cameras which cost (and weigh) ten times as much.

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                    2.0

                    Ok but aggravating

                    By ArchFotos

                    from dc

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Pros

                    • Small size for big sensor
                    • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                    Cons

                    • Button in wrong place
                    • Cumbersome Menus
                    • Fragil
                    • Lag sleep mode
                    • Poor Image Stabilization
                    • Poor In Low Light

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

                      I have now used this camera for more than three months and even over time I am finding it to be extremely aggravating to use. I do love the size, but other than that I am really hating everything else. Then menus are cumbersome, the movie record button is horribly located, there is a tremendous amount of lag at times for the camera to come out of sleep and auto focus seems worse than a cheap point & shoot. (I had a bald eagle sitting still in a tree and selecting it to focus was both ridiculous and unsuccessful - sitting in a tree! not moving) Retrieving files from the SD card on an Apple has been confusing at best, quite frankly the whole system seems convoluted and lacking all reasonable efficiency in the design

                      I honestly regret buying into this Sony system and hope that other companies step up into the mirror-less camera arena.

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                      4.0

                      Great Results

                      By Hankslat

                      from Long Island New York

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                      • Good Image Quality
                      • Large Clear LCD
                      • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

                        I'm using the Camera as a walk around alternative to my Canon 5D markII. So Far it hasn't disappointed. But some of the credit goes to my old Contax G lenses that I've adapted.
                        Pros - Color Balance is good, Fits in my pocket, Manual focusing is easy with the Magnification and Focus Peaking Assist.Results very good almost great
                        Cons - Sony lenses are just too big for the Camera. They should take notice of what Panasonic is doing with their new line of lenses for the G series.

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                        • 8
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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        a breakthrough product

                        By leftoval

                        from Boston, MA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                        • Fast Shutter Speed
                        • Good Image Quality
                        • Good Image Stabilization
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD

                        Cons

                        • Short Battery Life

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel

                        Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

                        I am really delighted with this little camera. The APS-C sensor is terrific and I'm getting great images all the way up to ISO 3200 (I've got it, actually them, both set on auto ISO).

                        The kit lens is fine, not outstanding, but the 24mm Zeiss is. I've rounded out my lens selection with the 55-210mm OSS and CV 15mm Heliar. I can't imagine using the 5n without the EVF. Manual focussing is a snap with the "peaking" function enabled. Body and lens build quality is very good.

                        To my mind, the 5n is a perfect complement to the NEX-7 (when it finally arrives). One stop better ISO performance and more tolerant of third party lenses.

                        Highly recommended -- but keep your DSLR for sports and action shots!

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                        • 7
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                        4.0

                        Much improved NEX-5 with EVF support

                        By ftlbaby

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Good Image Quality
                        • High ISO Performance
                        • Large Clear LCD
                        • Quiet
                        • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                        Cons

                        • Not the NEX-7

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

                          First, the only reason why I bought this to replace my NEX-5 is for the EVF support. After shooting with the NEX-5 and the Voigtlander 35mm for almost a year I feel it is the best pocketable camera I have ever used. It takes forever to startup and it needs an EVF, but it's still better than any other digital pocket cam I have used to date. I was surprised and very disappointed when Sony announced the FDA-EV1S EVF would not support the NEX-5, but I quickly decided to sell the NEX-5 and buy the NEX-5N and EVF. I am very happy with the improvement in speed, ISO 3200 image quality, and EVF!

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                          5.0

                          Nex-5N rocks

                          By Sony Prosumer Shooter

                          from Elgin, IL

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Quiet
                          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                          Cons

                          • No Viewfinder

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife photos

                          Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

                          Upgraded from a older high end sony handycam and mid-range Alpha DSLR... This nex-5N beats both, and is a lot smaller. The e-mount takes any lens... low light performance is really impressive too.

                          If your looking for something to shoot with that's cheaper than the canon 5D mark II, the 5N or the Panasonic GH2 are your best options now.

                          Touch screen LCD is cool too...

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                          5.0

                          From a 7D to a NEX-5N

                          By Matt

                          from Minnesota

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Pros

                          • Build Quality
                          • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • Good Image Stabilization
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • High quality photos
                          • Lightweight
                          • RAW format

                          Cons

                          • No Viewfinder

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Travel
                          • Video

                          Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

                          This camera does not replace a DSLR camera, there, that said I'll continue.

                          I had a 7D, loved it, hated carrying it and all the lenses around and found myself preferring to leave it at home than to lug it around.

                          So why buy a DSLR if you can have a mirror-less camera that weighs on average 11 lbs less (yeah, that's right, 11 lbs less to carry around your neck) and takes photos that are equal to or better than any APS-C DSLR around today (including the Canon 7D and the Nikon D7000)?

                          Well, if you really need true high fps, while this camera can take some really quick shots, it's more of a burst than continuous. My 7D could take 8 fps all day long even in RAW, no way with this guy. Also, if you need to adjust settings on-the-fly without looking at a screen and with just a 'feel' of the camera the DSLR owns this camera all day long. Of course there are the different modes of auto-focus etc. that also prove the DSLR technology to be superior.

                          But, if you don't need the above, this camera takes BETTER pictures than my 7D, weighs on average 11 lbs less, costs well over 1,000 dollars less (for just the body), has more everyday features that really work well, and higher end functions like bracketing, HDR, full manual control, and RAW file output just like the big boys.

                          If you're not a professional photographer or don't have aspirations to become one, you don't need a DSLR, you need this camera.

                          The quality of your photography is now only limited by your imagination.

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                          5.0

                          works great with Leica M mount lenses

                          By gastwa

                          from rockville, md

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Fast Shutter Speed
                          • Good Image Quality
                          • High ISO Performance
                          • Large Clear LCD
                          • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Indoors/Low Light
                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

                            Bought this camera and the novoflex Leica adapter to use my Leica M Mount compatible lenses. It took less than 5 minutes to get use to focus peaking and manual assist focusing. Once you get used to that, you can take great photos and take advantage of your leica glass w/o having to step up to an M9. I tried using M4/3 cameras in the same capacity, but the APS-C sensor in the Sony give much better results. Additionally, the high ISO is very good and you can use lenses like the Voigtlander 15mm without any bad side effects like on the M9. Highly recommended. Hope to try the OLED viewfinder when it is available online.

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                            • 8
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                            3.0

                            Small camera - big revolution

                            By kinvit

                            from ALA, KZ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Good Image Quality
                            • High ISO Performance
                            • Large Clear LCD
                            • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                            Cons

                            • Flash

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

                              Let me start with that I use canon 5D with 6 lenses for a few years now and I was reading about NEX series for quite a while. So I get NEX 5N as a second camera and it surprised me in a good way. High ISO images (good samples can be found at dpreview.com) are very usable. ISO 1600/3200 is so much better compared to what I get with my full frame canon 5D! Video quality is brilliant and my camera is producing clear sound without ugly clicks reported by engadget.com. For Full HD 60p quality you have to have a faster SD card because 27mb/sec stream is not something common for SD class 10 cards. Sandisc extreme series (30Mb/sec write speed) handles video recording task very well.With bigger screan, focus tracking and other features on, NEX 5N consumes its small 1080mAh battery pretty fast, so if you plan extended shooting sessions - an extra battery is a must.I didn't see many cases to fit NEX 5N with 18-200 lens attached. My choice is Kata 3-n-1 backpack which fits camera+lens+iPad and leaves a lot of room for other stuff. Very stylish and high quality bag.Now why I put 3 stars only:1. Magnesium body and overall ex-x-xellent build quality is ruined by plastic ON switch. Minus .5 star.2. Flash is ugly. It is a shame for engineers cause flash is unusable it short range with 18-200mm lens on. Minus 1.5 stars.Overall I am really glad to own this camera. I keep my fingers crossed for sony to introduce a good flash unit and perphaps I'll sell my Canon 5D as picture quality is comparable if not better.

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                              • 7
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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Finally a decent compact

                              By ArchFotos

                              from DC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Compact yet big sensor
                              • Easy to carry Everywhere
                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Nice video controls
                              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                              Cons

                              • Limited connections
                              • No Hot Shoe
                              • Not Weather proof
                              • Poor button placement
                              • Shutter sound not silent

                              Best Uses

                              • Carry anywhere
                              • Events subtle photography
                              • Family Photos
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Video

                              Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

                              I do really like this camera and as a regular user of full frame SLRs and larger bodied cameras I have been waiting for a decent compact and this truly works. With the 16mm pancake lens this becomes a take "anywhere" compact where even the small bodied SLR was uncomfortable taking. I can't image not having the adjustable screen nor having a smaller sensor for high ISO.

                              Let me also point out some of the major negatives. First and foremost is the lack of connections for a shutter release remote, hot-shoe and any way to connect a pocket wizard to the camera. Second the button for the movie record is in a horrible place always getting bumped continually filming footage of my feet as I walk down the sidewalk. Third even though the body feels solid I truly wish it was built tough like the old yellow weather proof Walkmans Sony made. Fourth it would be nice if the shutter was silent. Finally the menus are still cumbersome and there is a delay in bringing it back to life.

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                              • 6
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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              The NEX 5n, Its not your old sony NEX

                              By Jman

                              from Colorado

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • Good Image Stabilization
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Large Clear LCD
                              • Quiet
                              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                              Cons

                              • Buffer size

                              Best Uses

                              • Family Photos
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

                              Like many I own a DSLR that I love. However I find that I don't take it many places, even if I want nice pictures, because of its size. My kit takes most of a backpack to carry! Enter the NEX. I hated the idea of owning a point and shoot again, I was just never satisfied with the images. The NEX has been a sweet way to get really nice shots in an amazingly portable package. I can throw the NEX into a bag or even a jacket pocket and when I pull it out I don't feel like I'm drawing so much attention from people around me. Its a great way to capture high quality, artistic memories without the hassle of the DSLR. Yes, I still use my DSLR when I want top notch image quality or plan a trip specifically to use it, but the NEX has been just as good and so fun to use.

                              Things that are great:
                              Size and weight.
                              Style
                              The Image quality of the new NEX 5n is DEFINITELY better than the older NEX 5. I liked the old ones, but the newest one has some improvements that really blow me away in terms of image quality, sharpness, much better color. Lens correction, etc.

                              Cons:
                              The only thing that I haven't been happy with is the buffer size for high speed shooting. The NEX shoots 10 frames per second!! Which is awesome, however, it gets really laggy after the first 5 frames or so.
                              As a note, some people find the lack of lenses a negative. However, you can mount any lens from any manufacture on here. Sony has a great way of letting you manually focus accurately and easily. I personally don't mind the lens line up they have (even though more are coming) just because I wanted this to be a not complicated or bulky system. So, its what you're in need of.

                              • Ease of Operation:
                              • 10
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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great color rendering

                              By DDer

                              from Somerville, MA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Fast Shutter Speed
                              • Good Image Quality
                              • High ISO Performance
                              • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Family Photos
                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Travel

                                Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

                                The NEX 5N is a great step forward from the 5 in terms of photographs. Where i was pretty hesitant to go above ISO 1600 on the 5, i have gotten good shots at ISO 6400 with this one. Anything to not use a flash. Video is great and does 60fps. This is a near flawless camera.

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                                • 7
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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                What a great camera

                                By jwoody52

                                from Watertown, MA.

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
                                • Fast Shutter Speed
                                • Good Image Quality
                                • Good Image Stabilization
                                • High ISO Performance
                                • Large Clear LCD
                                • Quiet
                                • Tilt /Swivel LCD

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Family Photos
                                  • Indoors/Low Light
                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Travel
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only):

                                  upgraded from the nex-5, Takes unbelievable photos.

                                  • Ease of Operation:
                                  • 9
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                                  • No

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                                  Adapt your camera for viewing through different angles.

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