NEX-5N "Recommended Settings"

This short article is a gathering of settings that seem to be common in the DPReview forums to help others in making the NEX-5N work faster and better for the photographer

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RAW files

Put ISO on the bottom button

In camera:
AF/MF Select: DMF
Autofocus Area: Center

In Setup:
AF Illuminator: Off
Peaking Level: High
Peaking Color: Red
MF Assist: 2 secs

Metering:
Many set to matrix but centered or spot for getting it exposed right at night.
Put AEL toggle on a button to let you grab exposure and re-focus.

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Total comments: 6
twald
By twald (Mar 19, 2012)

You "put" settings on buttons from the menu. Go to: Settings>Custom Key Settings.

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ballepalle
By ballepalle (Mar 15, 2012)

shuting down the AF Iluminator really helped the camera to focus better in dark environments...how is it possible? ...but awesome! :)

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Astorian
By Astorian (Feb 23, 2012)

I prefer ISO on the right side of the wheel. It is easier to find there.

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kidsister
By kidsister (Feb 18, 2012)

Yes, how does one (excuse me i'm really new) "put" iso on the bottom button? where is the bottom button? How does one "put" AEL (what is AEL) on a button? so sorry for the incompetence, but I really don't understand.

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tomker
By tomker (Jan 15, 2012)

Sorry, as a novice 5n user, this article is to short for me...
Who can explain the settings and how to get them into the camera?
thanks
tomker

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Paul_B Midlands UK
By Paul_B Midlands UK (Apr 20, 2012)

The camera has a whole bunch of variables, settings - but it only has a few buttons available to access them quickly. So, depending on your type of photography it allows the user to get access to their favourite functions. fast. That means to take a photo, you quickly change for example ISO (generally use 800 or less), White balance its a sunny day or inside with lightbulbs, HDR auto or whatever and so on and so on. With this camera if you don't understand, then you need to read a basic photography book to learn about all these things, plus read the manual which is not so long and tells you a lot as to why you have to change settings to get best results. If you don't then expect the odd duff photo, or ones simply not as good as they can be. If in doubt, leave in AUTO everything and see what comes out, probably not so bad most of the time.

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