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.
|Body type||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Max resolution||4912 x 3264|
|Effective pixels||16.1 megapixels|
|Sensor size||APS-C (23.4 x 15.6 mm)|
|ISO||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600|
|Lens mount||Sony E Mount|
|Focal length mult.||1.5×|
|Min shutter speed||30 sec|
|Max shutter speed||1/4000 sec|
|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″)|
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 with out the size of a traditional DSLR.
Not so good for: People looking for a pocketable DSLR replacement.