Sony NEX-5N Review

 
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Basic Specifications
Full model name: Sony Alpha NEX-5N
Resolution: 16.10 Megapixels
Sensor size: APS-C
(23.7mm x 15.6mm)
Kit Lens: 3.06x zoom
18-55mm
(27-83mm eq.)
Viewfinder: LCD
Native ISO: 0 - 0
Extended ISO: 100 - 25,600
Shutter: 30 - 1/4000
Max Aperture: 3.5
Dimensions: 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.5 in.
(111 x 59 x 38 mm)
Weight: 16.4 oz (465 g)
includes batteries, kit lens
MSRP: $700
Availability: 09/2011
Manufacturer: Sony
Full specs: Sony NEX-5N specifications

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16.10
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NEX-5N Summary

Sony's thin and light NEX-5N has the same basic form as its predecessor, but sports a new 16.1-megapixel sensor that's capable of capturing up to 10 frames per second and Full HD video at 60p. A new touchscreen adds a few new functions, and the NEX-5N continues the line's excellent image quality.

Pros

Fast autofocus and prefocused shutter lag; Quieter shutter sound; Captures 10 frames per second; Supports AVCHD 2.0.

Cons

Limited first-party lens selection; Slow and confusing on-screen user interface; top-mounted, proprietary accessories are quite pricey.

Price and availability

The Sony NEX-5N compact system camera shipped in the US market from early September 2011, in black or silver. Body-only pricing is set at approximately US$600, while a kit version including the Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens is priced at around US$700. Available since November 2011, the FDA-EV1S OLED electronic viewfinder accessory is priced at around US$350, and the LA-EA2 Alpha mount adapter with phase-detection autofocus capability costs about US$400.

Imaging Resource rating

5.0 out of 5.0

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