Sony Alpha NEX-5N

Announced Aug 24, 2011 •
16 megapixels | 3 screen | APS-C sensor
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Announced Aug 24, 2011

The Sony Alpha NEX-5N is the fourth model in Sony's NEX line of APS-C format mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Just as the NEX-C3 replaces the NEX-3, the 5N is a direct replacement for its predecessor the NEX-5, using the company's latest 16.1MP CMOS sensor in place of the previous 14MP chip. Although the 5N is nearly indistinguishable from the NEX-5 on the outside (and is bound to be regarded as such by many casual observers), it is actually a very different camera, and one that is worthy of serious attention.

In terms of image quality the NEX-5N sits untouched at the top of the mirrorless interchangeable lens compact category. The low-light capability of its APS-C format CMOS sensor matches or exceeds what we've come to expect from the best of the current crop of APS-C DSLRs as well. Considering its sub $700 price point this is truly impressive, and makes the 5N a very attractive option for anyone looking to upgrade from a compact camera, or even as a second body alongside a more conventional DSLR outfit.

Quick specs
Body type Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Max resolution 4912 x 3264
Effective pixels 16 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor type CMOS
ISO Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
Lens mount Sony E (NEX)
Focal length mult. 1.5×
Articulated LCD Tilting
Screen size 3
Screen dots 920,000
Min shutter speed 30 sec
Max shutter speed 1/4000 sec
Format AVCHD
Storage types SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
Weight (inc. batteries) 269 g (0.59 lb / 9.49 oz)
Dimensions 111 x 59 x 38 mm (4.37 x 2.32 x 1.5)
GPS None

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Our review

The NEX-5N is great little camera with big camera image quality. If you are looking to transition into enthusiast photography and want DSLR image quality in a small size, the 5N is definitely worth a look.

Good for: Photographers upgrading from compact cameras, looking for the benefits of a large APS-C sensor without the size of a traditional DSLR.

Not so good for: People looking for a pocketable DSLR replacement.

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