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

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

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
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Sony NEX-5N Overview

  • 1Description

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
In the Box
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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    Sony NEX-5N Specs

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    Pixels 16.1 Megapixel
    AV Recording
    Aspect Ratio 4:3, 16:9
    Focus
    Focus Mode Single-Servo AF (S), Continuous-Servo AF (C), Manual Focus (M)
    Autofocus Points 25
    Exposure Control
    Metering Method Spot, Center-Weighted Average, Multi-Zone
    White Balance Auto, Cloudy, Daylight, Flash, Fluorescent, Incandescent, Kelvin, Preset Manual, Shade
    Flash
    External Flash Connection Proprietary
    Power
    Battery 1 x NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
    Packaging Info
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.4 x 5.5 x 3.9"

    Sony NEX-5N Reviews

    Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera (Body Only) is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 19.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from works great with Leica M mount lenses 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.
    Date published: 2011-11-16
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Much improved NEX-5 with EVF support 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!
    Date published: 2011-12-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Enthusiast Camera 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.
    Date published: 2012-03-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2011-11-18
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Finally a decent compact 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.
    Date published: 2011-10-06
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from I didn't like it 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.
    Date published: 2012-09-27
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok but aggravating 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.
    Date published: 2012-01-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from a breakthrough product 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!
    Date published: 2012-01-12
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