Sony NEX-5N Review

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This is an in-depth review of the Sony NEX-5N mirrorless camera that came out on August 24, 2011 along with the Sony NEX-7 flagship mirrorless camera and three E-mount lenses. I had a chance to test the Sony NEX-5N, along with its kit 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS lens while reviewing the Nikon 1 camera system. My initial intent was to only use this camera for lab tests, to see how it would fare against the new Nikon mirrorless cameras. But after just a day of pleasant shooting with the NEX-5N, I realized that I wanted to take it for a real spin and do a full review instead. In this Sony NEX-5N review, I will talk about my experience with the camera and provide some feedback on its features and capabilities, along with comparisons to Nikon 1 V1 and Olympus E-PL3 cameras.

Sony NEX-5N

The NEX-5N is Sony’s fourth mirrorless camera, which replaced the Sony NEX-5 that was released back in 2010. While the added letter “N” might make it sound like a slight update, the similarities between the cameras are only in external appearance – the guts of the camera, as well as some of the functionality went through major changes. From a higher resolution superb 16.1 MP sensor, to touchscreen LCD and fast 10 frames per second shooting rate, the Sony NEX-5N is a whole different animal.

The Sony NEX-5N kit, along with other mirrorless cameras used in this review were kindly provided by B&H – the largest photo reseller in the world that I personally use to buy my photography gear.

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1) Sony NEX-5N Specifications

Main Features:

  1. 16.1 MP Exmor™ APS HD CMOS image sensor
  2. Updated BIONZ® image processor
  3. Full HD movie shooting 60p/24p
  4. Object Tracking AF via Touch LCD
  5. 11 Picture Effect modes
  6. Regular and 3D Panorama Modes
  7. HDR Capability
  8. Phase Detect AF for E-mount bodies w/ adapter
  9. Extended battery life for up to 430 shots
  10. Tiltable 3.0″ Touch LCD with 921K dots
  11. Optional XGA OLED viewfinder with 2.395K dots
  12. Intelligent Scene Recognition and Face Detection
  13. “SteadyShot” Image Stabilization Technology
  14. Electronic First Curtain shutter
  15. Up to 10 fps continuous shooting at full 16.1 MP resolution
  16. World’s shortest release time lag of 0.02 sec
  17. Peaking AF display for precise manual focusing
  18. 25-point Auto Focus with wide coverage
  19. Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) technology

Detailed technical specifications for the Sony NEX-5N are available at Sony.com.

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Sony NEX-5N Review4.1666666666667Nasim Mansurov2012-02-24 01:50:54A detailed review of the Sony NEX-5N mirrorless camera with full analysis, image samples and comparisons to Nikon 1 V1 and Olympus E-PL3
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