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Sony a5000 vs Sony NEX-5N Detailed Comparison

Below you can see the front view size comparison of Sony a5000 and Sony NEX-5N. Sony a5000 is 1mm narrower and 2mm thinner than Sony NEX-5N but it is also 4mm taller.

Now lets look at the top view comparison of Sony a5000 and Sony NEX-5N.

Sony a5000 vs Sony NEX-5N Detailed Size Comparison

Weight is another important factor especially when deciding on a camera that you want to carry with you all day. Sony a5000 and Sony a5000 have exactly the same weight.

Also keep in mind that body weight is not the only deciding factor when comparing two interchangeable camera bodies, you have to also take into account the lenses that you will be using with these bodies. Since both Sony a5000 and Sony NEX-5N have the same APS-C sized sensor, their lenses for a similar focal length and aperture will be similar in size and weight.

Weight Comparison

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Thickness Comparison

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Sony a5000 vs Sony NEX-5N: Sensor Comparison

Sony a5000 has a 20.0MP APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features Bionz X processor. On the other hand, Sony NEX-5N has a 16.0MP APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm ) sized CMOS sensor and features Bionz processor.

Below you can see the a5000 and NEX-5N sensor size comparison.

Sony a5000 and Sony NEX-5N have almost the same sensor size so none of them has any significant advantage over other in providing control over depth of field when used with same focal length and aperture.

What types of Photography are Sony a5000 and Sony NEX-5N Good for?

In this section, we rank and compare Sony a5000 and Sony NEX-5N for five different photography types in order to make your decision process easier in case you are specifically interested in one or more of these areas.

Sony a5000 for Portrait Photography
Sony NEX-5N for Portrait Photography
Large APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sensor Very High Resolution Sensor: 20.0MP Average Ergonomics&Handling No Image Stabilization No Built-in Viewfinder Read the details Large APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sensor Average Resolution Sensor: 16.0MP Optional External Viewfinder Average Ergonomics&Handling No Image Stabilization Read the details
Sony a5000 for Street Photography
Sony NEX-5N for Street Photography
Large APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sensor Live-view Face-Detection FocusingTilting LCD Screen Medium sized Body No Image Stabilization No Built-in Viewfinder Read the details Large APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sensor Live-view Face-Detection FocusingTilting LCD Screen Optional External Viewfinder Medium sized Body No Image Stabilization Read the details
Sony a5000 for Sports Photography
Sony NEX-5N for Sports Photography
Fast Max shutter speed: 1/4000s 25 Focus Points Good Low Light ISO Wireless Connection Average Ergonomics&Handling Average Continuous Shooting: 4.0fps No Image Stabilization No Built-in Viewfinder Environmental Sealings Read the details Fast Continuous Shooting: 10.0fps Fast Max shutter speed: 1/4000s 25 Focus Points Good Low Light ISO Optional External Viewfinder Average Ergonomics&Handling No Image Stabilization Environmental Sealings Read the details
Sony a5000 for Daily Photography
Sony NEX-5N for Daily Photography
Sony a5000 for Landscape Photography
Sony NEX-5N for Landscape Photography
Large APS-C (23.2 x 15.4 mm) sensor Very High Resolution Sensor: 20.0MP Live-view No Environmental Sealings Read the details Large APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm) sensor Live-view Average Resolution Sensor: 16.0MP No Environmental Sealings Read the details

Sony NEX-5N vs Sony a5000 Comparison of Available Lenses

Which camera has more lenses?

Number of available lenses is a big decision factor while choosing your interchangeable lens camera. Sony a5000 and Sony NEX-5N have the same Sony E lens mount and currently there are 73 native lenses available for these cameras.

Another important factor is the availability of image stabilization. None of these bodies have sensor based image stabilization so you have to buy lenses with Optical stabilization feature. Currently there are 23 lenses with Image stabilization for Sony E mount.

Lens Type # of Sony a5000 Lenses # of Sony NEX-5N Lenses
Standard Zoom 8 8
Standard Prime 10 10
Wideangle Zoom 4 4
Wideangle Prime 24 24
Telephoto Zoom 6 6
Telephoto Prime 9 9
SuperZoom 7 7
Wideangle Fisheye Prime 1 1
Macro Prime 3 3
Perspective Control Prime 1 1
Telephoto Mirror Prime n/a n/a
TOTAL 73 73

Sony a5000 vs Sony NEX-5N: OUR DECISION

You may have already made your decision about which camera suits better for your needs and your budget so far but in case you wonder how we rated Sony a5000 and Sony NEX-5N, below you can find their scores in five different aspects. Our Decision Algorithm dynamically scores cameras using 63 different specs, current price and DxO Mark scores (where possible) in order to make a more objective and consistent comparison.

Here is a summary of how Sony a5000 and Sony NEX-5N scores compare:

Sony a5000 Ranked #39 out of 114 in Rangefinder-style mirrorless camerasRanked #198 out of 1131 in all Cameras Sony NEX-5N Ranked #49 out of 114 in Rangefinder-style mirrorless camerasRanked #222 out of 1131 in all Cameras

Sony a5000 has a higher Overall Score than the Sony NEX-5N and would be our choice if we have to decide between these two cameras.

Sony NEX-5N vs Sony a5000 Specs Table

Detailed comparison of specifications General Sony Alpha a5000 Sony Alpha NEX-5N Sensor Autofocus Lens Screen Viewfinder Photography Features Video Features Connectivity Physical Other Features DxO Sensor Scores
Brand Sony Sony
Announced 2014-01-07 2011-10-03
Body Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Price $448.00 $698.00
Type CMOS CMOS
Size APS-C APS-C
Dimensions 23.2 x 15.4 mm 23.4 x 15.6 mm
Area 357.28mm2 365.04mm2
Megapixels 20 megapixels 16 megapixels
Max Resolution 5456 x 3632 4912 x 3264
Max Native Light sensitivity 16,000 ISO 25,600 ISO
Min Native Light sensitivity 100 ISO 100 ISO
RAW Support
AF Touch
AF Continuous
AF Single
AF Tracking
AF Selective
AF Center
AF Multi Area
AF Live View
AF Face Detection
AF Contrast Detection
AF Phase Detection
Number of Focus Points 25 25
Manual Focus
Lens Mount Sony E Sony E
Number of Available Lenses 73 73
Type Tilting Tilting
Size 3″ 3″
Resolution 461k dots 920k dots
Touch Screen
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure Mode
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilization No No
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 4.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m
Max Flash Sync 1/160s 1/160s
External Flash
Continuous Shooting 4.0 fps 10.0 fps
Multi-Segment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF-Area
Center Weighted
AE Bracketing
WB Bracketing
Max Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080
Video Formats MPEG-4, AVCHD AVCHD
Microphone Port
Headphone Port
Wireless Connectivity Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
HDMI
Environmental Sealing
Weight 269g 269g
Dimensions 110 x 63 x 36mm 111 x 59 x 38mm
Battery Life 420 shots 460 shots
Timelapse Recording With Downloadable App
GPS None None
DxO Overall Score 79 77
DxO Color Depth 23.8 23.6
DxO Dynamic Range 13.0 12.7
DxO Low Light ISO 1089 1079
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Sony NEX-5N Digital Camera

Sony has unveiled the release of its NEX 5N camera.  It boasts the world's fastest release time lag, and 16.1 megapixels.

The next step on from the NEX-5, The NEX 5N has advanced even further and features the creative responses of a DSLR in a compact body.

Made from magnesium alloy and very slim, Sony say the camera is a step forward from every feature on the NEX- 5.

The first E-mount camera with interchangeable lenses to feature an intuitive new Photo Creativity Touch interface. Using its LCD touch panel, there is no jargon to confuse new users.

Able to capture fast moving action at up to ten FPS, it has the fastest burst shooting speed of any mirrorless interchangeable lens camera.

It features Picture Effect, which simplifies production of sophisticated artistic effects. Among its artistic imaging functions are 3D panorama, anti motion blur, and Soft Skin.

The camera is available form September 2011. The NEX-5N with 18-55mm has an RRP of £600.

Do you have a question about the new camera?

Sony's photography expert Paul Genge will be holding a live Q&A session at 7.30pm tonight on Facebook. Paul will be able to answer any questions you have about the new α77, α65, NEX-7, and NEX-5N cameras which launched today. You can join the chat here: Sony UK.

Key features:

  • 16.1 effective megapixels Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and new BIONZ processor enabling ISO 25600 high sensitivity
  • Full HD Movie with 50p/25p, manual focus, full P/A/S/M exposure control and improved audio
  • Tilt-angle 7.5cm (3”) Xtra Fine LCD touch-screen and easy-to-use Photo Creativity interface
  • 10 fps continuous shooting (In Speed Priority Continuous mode)
  • Styled in magnesium, just 23.3mm slim (Distance from front of body to LCD monitor screen surface)

Sony NEX-5N Photos of Equipment

Sony NEX-5N Specifications

ManufacturerSony
Image Sensor
Pixels16.1Mp (Megapixels)
Pixels (W)4912
Pixels (H)3264
Sensor TypeCMOS
Sensor SizeAPS-C
Sensor Size (width)23.5mm
Sensor Size (height)15.6mm
Aspect Ratio
LCD Monitor
LCD Monitor3in
Screen resolution921,600
Touch ScreenYes
Focusing
Focusing modes
Exposure Control
Shutter speeds shortest1/4000sec
Shutter speeds longest30sec
Bulb modeYes
Exp modes
  • Program
  • Aperture-Priority
  • Shutter-Priority
  • Manual
  • Scene modes
  • AB
Metering
  • Centre-weighted - Average
  • Multi Pattern
  • Spot
ISO sensitivity100 - 25600
White balance
  • Auto
  • Manual
  • Outdoors/Daylight
  • Cloudy
  • Incandescent
  • Fluorescent
  • Shade
Exposure Comp+/-3
Viewfinder
Viewfinder ResolutionNo Data
Shooting Options
Continuous shooting10fps
Video
Movie modeYes
Video Resolution
Video FPS25p, 50p
Stereo SoundYes
Optical Zoom with VideoYes
Other Features
Image StabilisationNo
Interface
HDMIYes
USBUSB 2
Wi-FiNo Data
Storage
Card Type
  • SD
  • SDHC
  • Memory Stick (Sony)
  • SDXC
File Type
Power Source
Battery TypeNP-FW50
Battery Life (CIPA rating)410shots
Box Contents
Box ContentsCamera, Shoulder strap, Battery Charger, Infolithium Battery (NP-FW50), USB Cable, CD-ROM, Flash, Standard Zoom Lens (18-55mm OSS)
Dimensions
Weight210g
Width110.8mm
Height58.8mm
Depth38.2mm

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Sony Alpha NEX-5N - | Cameralabs

The Sony Alpha NEX-5N is one of three new NEX models announced by Sony in August 2011. The NEX mirrorless ILC range is built around a large ‘APS-C’ sensor (the same in many DSLRs) which allowed the original NEX-3 and NEX-5 establish a reputation for quality and superb low noise performance.

The NEX-5N builds on that reputation with a new 16.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor providing a number of enhancements including 10 frames per second continuous shooting and a sensitivity range that goes all the way up to ISO 25600. It supports 1080p60 video with fully manual exposure control and focus can be set with your finger on the 3 inch LCD display – the 5N is the first NEX model with a touch-screen.

Like earlier NEX models the NEX-5N has an accessory port for the supplied screw-on flash accessory, but unlike earlier models it’s also compatible with the new optional FDA-EV1S OLED viewfinder. Fit the new LA-EA2 adaptor and you can also take advantage of any full-sized Alpha A-mount lenses with the addition of phase-detect auto focus.

All of this will undoubtedly make the NEX-5N a much more attractive proposition to photo enthusiasts than the earlier NEX-3 and NEX-5, but it retains the ease-of-use features – Intelligent Auto exposure mode, Photo Creativity, Picture effects, Smile shutter and Sweep panorama – that made those earlier models a compelling choice for compact upgraders. Find out if this is the ILC for you in my full review!

   
 

Sony Alpha NEX-5N Design and controls

At first glance, there’s little to tell the Sony NEX-5N from it’s predecessor, the NEX-5: measuring 111 x 59 x 38mm it has exactly the same dimensions and weighs a little less at 269g with the battery. The top panel is slightly angled and the playback and movie record buttons are positioned on the back half of it. The on/off switch, now with a silver surround, is positioned on the top and the shutter release is on the sloping front section of the generous hand grip. It doesn’t feel radically different to the NEX-5, which is to say, solid and comfortable.

 
 

On the back there’s the same uncluttered control layout with a four-way control wheel with a central button flanked top and bottom by two further buttons. One of these activates the menu system, the other is programmable but in the default setting accesses the help system. The NEX-5N has two other programmable buttons – the centre and right buttons on the four-way controller. The other three are disp, to toggle the various display overlays, self-timer and drive modes, and exposure compensation.

To the right of the control wheel, most of the rear panel is occupied by the 3 inch 921k pixel touch-screen. The screen has a 16:9 aspect ratio which is ideal for shooting HD movies though less so for 4:3 stills which have a black bar to the right overlayed with touch icons and labels for the physical buttons. The screen flips up 90 degrees so you can easily compose at low angles and also flips down by about 45 degrees so you can get a decent view at high angles.

 
 
 

The big news about the screen of course is that it’s touch sensitive. Sony has taken quite a subtle approach to touch functions, one that focuses on augmentation rather than replacement of physical controls. So you can use the touch-screen to navigate menus, control playback functions and for some focusing activities. I’ll talk more about that later.

In day-to-day use the the screen is very practical and I found the ability to flip it made it much easier to shoot from all angles not to mention helping keep it out of the sun. The view is bright and contrasty from most angles as well as straight-on, if a little on the cool side. If you prefer to use an eye-level viewfinder the NEX-5N is compatible with Sony’s new FDA-EV1S electronic viewfinder (EVF). This is a great new accessory, although puts the 5N in line with the Olympus E-P3 and Panasonic GX1.

The NEX-5N is supplied with a small add-on flash unit which, rather awkwardly, screws into the accessory port on the top panel directly above the lens mount. The supplied unit has a guide number of 10 at 200 ISO which gives it a maximum range of 2.85 metres with the 18-55mm kit lens at its wide angle setting and maximum aperture. Sony produces a more powerful external flash for NEX models with a guide number of 20, however, you can use any external flash in the standard hotshoes of the Olympus E-P3 and Panasonic GX1, whereas the Sony port is proprietary and can only take one accessory, so you can’t use the flash and optional viewfinder, or shotgun mic at the same time. The flash flips up to activate and has Auto, Fill, Slow-Sync, Rear-Sync and Off modes, the last being a little superfluous as all you need do is flip it back down. As you can see if you take a look at the interior flash shot on the gallery page, the voluminous dimensions of the 18-55mm kit lens plus the lens hood can cause a shadow.

The NEX-5N has mini HDMI and USB ports under hinged plastic flaps on the left side of the camera body. The battery/card compartment is in the grip section, accessed from a door on the base which remains accessible when the camera is mounted on a tripod. The supplied info Lithium battery provides enough power for a very respectable 410 shots and the remaining battery power is shown as a percentage on the screen.

Sony NEX-5N lens and stabilisation

The NEX-5N is available as a body only, or with the 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 kit zoom. There are two additional options which add either the 16mm f2.8 pancake prime or the 55-210mm f4.5-6.3 zoom. You can also use A mount lenses with the LA-EA1 and LA-EA2 adaptors, the latter effectively turning the NEX-5N into an SLT camera with 15-point phase detect AF. When comparing ILC body sizes, it’s important to take the lenses into account. The NEX-5N body may be smaller than most rivals, but thanks to its larger sensor, the native E-mount lenses are correspondingly broader, and so far Sony has resisted producing a collapsing kit zoom.

Sony Alpha NEX-5N coverage wide

Sony Alpha NEX-5N coverage tele

18-55mm at 18mm (27mm equivalent)   18-55mm at 55mm (82mm equivalent)

I tested the NEX-5N with the 18-55mm zoom which, with the APS-C crop factor of 1.5 has an effective focal length range of 27 – 82mm. Though Optical Steady Shot (OSS) stabilisation is built into the lens and not the body you can turn it on and off from the NEX-5N’s setup menu, though, disappointingly, you can’t assign it to a custom menu. To test the stabilisation performance of the 18-55 kit zoom with the NEX-5N I zoomed it to its maximum 55mm (83mm equivalent) telephoto position and took a series of hand-held shots at a range of shutter speeds with OSS enabled and turned off.

Sony Alpha NEX-5N 18-55mm f3.5-5.6 OSS Off/On

100% crop, 18-55mm at 55mm, 100 ISO 1/5th, OSS off.

  100% crop, 18-55mm at 55mm, 100 ISO 1/5th, OSS on.

With the NEX-5N to shutter priority mode I took a series of exposures at progressively slower shutter speeds with OSS turned off and on. As you can see from the crops above, OSS can produce blur-free shots down to 1/5th of a second, the equivalent of four stops better than conventional wisdom dictates is advisable without stabilisation.

Sony Alpha NEX-5N shooting modes

In Intelligent Auto mode the NEX-5N uses compact-style scene recognition for enhanced exposure and Autofocus. It of course features PASM exposure modes and it also includes the recently enhanced high resolution Sweep panorama modes that feature on Sony’s compact models. There are a number of composite modes that take several shots and combine them to produce a single composite image; Anti-motion Blur appears on the shooting mode dial (a virtual dial which you can rotate with the control wheel or using your finger on the touch screen) and Handheld Twilight mode appears on the scene mode menu. Then, tucked away on the Brightness/colour menu along with the Dynamic Range Optimiser settings is Auto HDR mode which takes three bracketed exposures and combines them into a single HDR image.

Sony Alpha NEX-5N Program Auto

 

Sony Alpha NEX-5N Auto HDR

 
Sony Alpha NEX-5N HDR Painting High
 

The NEX-5N does a pretty good job of implementing features that make the most of its technology whether you’re shooting in Intelligent Auto or the PASM modes. Photo Creativity is the term Sony uses to describe a set of results-based controls that are activated by pressing the centre button on the control wheel in Intelligent Auto mode. They include Background defocus, Brightness, Colour (white balance) and Vividness. In each case the respective control is set using the wheel (or screen) to adjust a radial slider between the two extremes which are represented by icons – orange and blue squares for colour, a rainbow and grey square for vividness and so on.

Picture effect modes are an additional option on the Photo Creativity screen with the same modes as the NEX-C3 – Pop-Color, Retro Photo, Posterization, Toy Camera, High-Key and several partial colour modes which desaturate the image leaving only a single colour. But there’s a very important difference which is that the NEX-5N offers Picture effects in the PASM modes as well. But in PASM modes not only are there more of them, many have options allowing more creative choice.

First, lets look at the new additions. There are four: Soft Focus, HDR painting, Rich Tone Mono and Miniature. HDR painting has three settings: Low, Mid and High and produces an HDR composite from three shots taken in quick succession. It differs from Auto HDR in that the results are aggressively tone mapped to produce an HDR painting effect that will be familiar to users of Photomatix and similar applications. You can see an example opposite.

It’s not new, but Sony’s implementation of the faux tilt-shift miniature mode has a clever twist. You can set the focus zone to a horizontal or vertical band in the middle or at the frame edges, but the really clever part is the Auto mode which uses the autofocus areas to decide which parts of the image to blur. With the exception of Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono and miniature, picture effects can also be used during video recording. Few will mourn the lack of the first three, but not being able to use the miniature mode for movies is a real shame, as well as a disadvantage compared with the latest Olympus and Panasonic models.

Sony Alpha NEX-5N movie modes

With a best quality video mode of 1080p50/60 (depending on region) the NEX-5N is a big step up from earlier NEX models and twice the progressive frame rate available on any DSLR. The NEX-5N goes further in other ways, like full exposure control – you can shoot video in any of the PASM modes altering exposure during recording if necessary and use some of the Picture Effects (but again not Miniature).

1080p50/60 HD footage is encoded using AVCHD version 2 at 28Mbps with two 25/30p and two 25/30i recording options at 24Mbps and 17Mbps respectively. Switch to MP4 recording and you have 1440×1080 at 24/25 fps and 30fps VGA (640 x 480).

Sony hasn’t published any information on maximum continuous recording times for the NEX-5N, but I inserted a new Lexar Professional 16GB 133x SDHC card with a class 10 speed rating, set 1080p50 mode and pressed the record button. The NEX-5N stopped recording after 29 minutes and 10 seconds though this was most likely due to a restriction imposed on European models to comply with tax regulations.

The large zoom ring on the 18-55mm kit lens makes it possible to zoom reasonably smoothly during video recording and the stereo mics work as well as any inbuilt mics with the added benefit of a digital wind noise filter. There’s no standard microphone input but you can connect the optional accessory ECM-SST1 microphone.

Sony alpha NEX-5N sample video 1: outdoors, sunny, handheld pan with optical zoom

Great quality 1080p50 video from the Sony NEX-5N. A little bit of wobble when you operate the manual zoom is inevitable, but the stabilisation does a good job otherwise.

 
Sony alpha NEX-5N sample video 2: outdoors, sunny, tripod pan with optical zoom

Other than a little bit of focus wander during the zoom and some wind noise it’s hard to fault this tripod-mounted panning shot, good exposure control and nicely rendered colours.

 
Sony alpha NEX-5N sample video 3: indoors, low-light, handheld pan

This interior low light panning clip was shot in Program Auto mode and looks a little dark, particuarly on the window section, but the exposure is responsive without stepping.

 
Sony alpha NEX-5N sample video 4: Touch focus

You can use the NEX-5N’s touch screen to ‘pull’ focus during video recording. The results are pretty impressive with a nice smooth focus transition that fixes accurately on the subject first time.

Sony NEX-5N

handling

With minimal physical controls and touch screen the NEX-5N will undoubtedly appeal to anyone moving up from a compact, but anyone used to handling a DSLR might need a bit more of a settling-in period. Sony has done an excellent job of integrating the touch screen, in most circumstances you can use it as an alternative to the control wheel and, though it lacks a touch shutter, the touch focus feature, particularly for movies, makes a big difference. And if the touch screen doesn’t appeal, you can turn it off and get by perfectly well without it.

The NEX-5N provides plenty of opportunities for customisation. The central button of the control wheel can be assigned to a custom menu to which you can add your choice of functions from a list that includes Drive mode, AF/MF, AF mode, AF area, ISO, White balance, Metering mode and Picture Effects. The disadvantage of assigning the centre button to the Custom menu is that it no longer fulfils its default function of selecting the shooting mode. To do that you’d subsequently need to select the shooting mode menu via the main menu. Alternatively you can assign the shooting mode to one of the other soft keys or customisable control wheel buttons, but then, of course, you’ll have to sacrifice whatever custom function you might have otherwise wanted to use it for – it’s a bit like custom button musical chairs. The other drawback is that in non-PASM modes the shooting mode menu reverts to the centre button.

The menu structure can at times be a bit daunting. The NEX-5N has nothing like the Live Control and Super Control panels on the Olympus PENs and, even when you know where they are, getting to menu options can take a fair bit of clicking and scrolling. That makes the Custom button setup something you can’t afford to ignore, it really pays to make the effort to customise the controls and work at familiarising yourself with the location of the more frequently used settings.

The NEX-5N is ready to shoot in about a second and a half after you switch it on. In good light the contrast detect AF works very well and it has face detect AF as well as the face recognition features common on Sony compacts. In poor light the area AF is less sure of itself, bit with the touch screen providing Flexible Spot and Object Tracking there are plenty of alternatives.

The NEX-5N has three continuous shoting modes; Bracket Continuous shoots three bracketed exposures, Continuous shoots at approximately 4fps with focus and metering for each frame and Speed Priority Continuous shoots at 10fps with focus and exposure locked from the first frame. I tested the NEX-5N’s in Speed Priority Continuous mode with a freshly formatted Lexar Professional 16GB SDHC card with a class 10 speed rating. The image quality was set to Large Fine JPEG and the exposure mode was set to Shutter priority with a speed of 1/500. The NEX-5N fired of a burst of 10 frames in just under a second and then slowed to a rate of around 2fps. In RAW+JPG mode the NEX-5N managed a 5 frame burst before slowing to less than 1fps.

The NEX-5N has a 16.1 Megapixel CMOS sensor with a sensitivity range of 100 – 25600 ISO. Images can be saved as RAW files in Sony’s ARW raw format or as JPEGs using one of two compression settings, Fine and Standard. There’s also a RAW+JPEG mode which saves a fine quality JPEG in addition to the RAW file. Fine quality JPEG compressed files are around 3 to 5MB in size. The shutter speed range is 1/4000 to 30 seconds plus Bulb.

To see how the quality of the Sony NEX-5N measures-up in practice, take a look at our NEX 5N quality and NEX 5N noise results pages, browse the NEX 5N sample images, or skip to the chase and head straight for our verdict.

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Amazon.com : Sony NEX-5N 16.1 MP Mirrorless Digital Camera with Touchscreen

16.1 MP Exmor APS HD 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.

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.

Full HD movie shooting 60p/24p Record Full HD 1920x1080 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 it's smaller file size.

World's shortest release time lag (0.02 sec) 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 television. 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 23 MP 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. (Recommended for still subjects.)

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.

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 a compact interchangeable lens cameras. Opens up a world of creative options.

Phase Detect AF for E-mount bodies w/ 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.

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