Sony NEX 5N

The NEX-5N was was a modest update to Sony's mid-level mirrorless camera, mostly upgrading the 16mp sensor, but also adding faster shooting fps, an optional EVF, a touchscreen, and some other modest changes.

  • Sensor: 16.2mp Sony APS CMOS sensor, 23.4 x 15.6 (1.5x crop)
  • Mount: Sony NEX (E-Mount)
  • Images: 4912 x 3264 JPEG or ARW raw; maximum 10 fps 
  • Video:  1080i/60, 1080P/60, 720P/30, 480P/30, AVCHD with stereo audio
  • Shutter: mechanical 30 sec to 1/4000 sec, bulb
  • Exposure: multi, center-weighted, spot metering, -2 to +2EV exposure compensation, 6 white balance settings (plus Auto and Custom), ISO 100-25600 (plus Auto)
  • Focus: 25-point contrast detect, single point, multi-area, face detect, tracking, manual focus override
  • Display: 3" 920k dot tilting touchscreen LCD, optional EVF
  • Flash: external via proprietary accessory port, 1/160 flash sync, red-eye reduction, slow sync, rear sync
  • Remote: optional infrared
  • Other Notable Features: optional accessories via accessory port
  • Cards: SD, SDHC, SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo, Pro-HG Duo
  • Battery: NP-FW50
  • Size: 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.5" (111 x 59 x 38mm) wide, tall, deep
  • Weight: 9.5 ounces (269g)
  • Colors: Black, Silver
  • Price: US$700 with 18-55mm kit lens
  • Announced: August 2011 Discontinued

Thom's Comment: While a few have written about how the sensor in this revision is better, I really don't see enough difference to get excited about. The NEX-5 was perfectly good to start with, and the NEX-5N sensor change just nudges that a bit further on the good scale, perhaps a bit more for the video user than the still user. The real interest here is the new optional EVF, which gives you the same viewfinder as the more expensive NEX-7, though as an ugly clip-on.


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