Need indformation about NEX-5N

Started Jan 12, 2013 | Discussions
Albert Drybrae Contributing Member • Posts: 596
Need indformation about NEX-5N

I am interested in buying an NEX-5N.

I want to know what is the sensor size ratio to a full frame 35mm.

I see that the 5N is discontinued, how does it compare to the 5R?  I wonder if I should just get a 5R or try to get a 5N on the cheap?

Has anyone used the eye level viewfinder on the 5N or 5R?  If so, did it work well?

How about the other accessories such as the flash and the and the ability to attach lens' from Nikon and Canon?  Has anyone tried that?

You see, I just need information about these two cameras.

Any advice will be appreiated.

Al

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D Cox Forum Pro • Posts: 20,857
Re: Need indformation about NEX-5N

The ratio of height to width is the same in the 5N as full-frame 35mm film - 2:3

My advice would be to get the 5N cheap and spend what you save on lenses. If the 16mm is bundled with the camera (as well as the kit zoom), then get the ultrawide adapter.

Other people may give different advice.

You can of course use Nikon or Canon (or other) lenses with adapters. Older, fully manual lenses work best.

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fuego6 Senior Member • Posts: 2,287
Re: Need indformation about NEX-5N

Albert Drybrae wrote:

I am interested in buying an NEX-5N.

I want to know what is the sensor size ratio to a full frame 35mm.

I see that the 5N is discontinued, how does it compare to the 5R? I wonder if I should just get a 5R or try to get a 5N on the cheap?

Has anyone used the eye level viewfinder on the 5N or 5R? If so, did it work well?

How about the other accessories such as the flash and the and the ability to attach lens' from Nikon and Canon? Has anyone tried that?

You see, I just need information about these two cameras.

Any advice will be appreiated.

Al

Al - I'd recommend doing a search here as it all has been asked/said before but agree with the last poster - get a used 5N and save the $$ on lenses.  5N with a kit lens can be had lightly used for around $425 now... a great deal on a great combo!

pcake Contributing Member • Posts: 692
Re: Need indformation about NEX-5N

i got the 5N for christmas, then exchanged it for the 5R. at this point, i sort of wish i hadn't but it's not a big deal either way.

i found the 5N's screen was more sensitive in real life applications, although when testing in stores i didn't even notice. the hybrid autofocus is a little better for locking onto things that the 5N had trouble with, but the 5R doesn't get them every time, either, and for those who were hoping for faster autofocus from the hybrid autofocus (i didn't care about that), the difference is minimal.

the top dial on the 5R isn't set up in a way that makes it as useful to me as just having a mode dial, and while the 5N didn't have an external ISO button, i had set up the right part of the directional pad to ISO so it worked the same way. the articulation on the 5R screen is an improvement, although still not as useful as my G3 screen was.

as far as being able to use legacy lenses and to use a hotshoe adapter, the cameras are equal as far as i could tell.

the bottom line is that for me, the 5R has some improvements over the 5N, but sony implemented them so they weren't as good as they could have been. the screen on the 5R is a slight step backwards, too.

unless you really need touch shooting or the improved screen articulation, i'd say the 5N is probably the way to go.

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JaneB Regular Member • Posts: 262
Re: Need indformation about NEX-5N

I'm just reading this quickly so I may have misunderstood - sorry if I have

The sensor size on the 5N is the same size as most entry level DSLR's - i.e. those with a cropped sensor, rather than a full frame sensor.

I use my 5N with the add on viewfinder and it's OK. I'd prefer a built in viewfinder because this one sticks out a bit, making the camera bigger. And it's easy to knock it when transporting it (in fact it's probably not recommended to carry it around with the viewfinder attached - but I do). I find it useable though.

Arun Padakandla Regular Member • Posts: 128
Re: Need indformation about NEX-5N

Hi pcake,

I am deciding between the 5R, 5N and F3. One of the things I am looking for in the camera is some sort of feature that aids self portraits. On many occassions I am travelling alone and I am looking to take photos like the ones in ( https://picasaweb.google.com/117932543827663484677 ). Some sort of remote triggering option is greatly desired.

Pros of F3

1. In built flash which also can be used for boucing

2. Flip forward scree

Cons of F3

1. No IR port and hence no remote triggering. I am forced to use smile shutter + ace detection feature which i a not sure how reliable it is.

Pros of 5N

1. Amazing IQ, great price today.

2. Enables remote triggering

Cons of 5N

1. No flip forward scree, NO wi-fi

2. No built in flash. Attach ment flash cant even bounce

Pros of 5R

1. Enables remote triggering. Even remote viewfinder with smart camera

2. Flip forward LCD

2. wifi, good IQ (still not on par with 5N).

Cons of 5R

1. Around $200 more (as of today)

2. No built in flash. Attach ment flash cant even bounce.

I am ok paying for 5R but my biggest complaint with 5R is that even after paying $200 more, I have to compromise on no built in flash, lower IQ than 5N (worse touch scree) etc. So I am paying $200 more only to aid self portraits and losing on almost everything else.

Since you have used 5N and 5R, it would be great if you could comment. It would be very useful to me/

Thanks,

Regards,

Arun

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zackiedawg Forum Pro • Posts: 29,950
Re: Need indformation about NEX-5N

Albert Drybrae wrote:

I am interested in buying an NEX-5N.

I want to know what is the sensor size ratio to a full frame 35mm.


As others mentioned...the sensor has a crop factor of 1.5x - the same as other APS-C sensor cameras from Nikon, Sony, and Pentax.  It uses the same APS-C 16MP sensor as can be found in many other DSLRs, SLTs, etc.

I see that the 5N is discontinued, how does it compare to the 5R? I wonder if I should just get a 5R or try to get a 5N on the cheap?

The 5R is sort of a replacement for the 5N, except the 5N has stayed on sale for a while longer. The 5N came out a year ago, the 5R more recently.  There are not huge differences; namely the addition of phase-detect sensors on the image sensor, the additional 180 degree articulation of the LCD screen to face forward, and the built-in wifi and available 'apps'.

Has anyone used the eye level viewfinder on the 5N or 5R? If so, did it work well?

I use the Electronic Viewfinder attachment on my NEX-5N, almost all the time...I've only taken it off on rare occasion when I wanted to slim the camera down to pocket size for carrying along to dinners or formal events...otherwise the EVF is attached full time and used full time.  It works wonderfully and transformed the NEX for me - with the NEX3 that had no EVF attachment available, I used the camera about 10% of the time as a lightweight alternative to my DSLR...with the NEX and EVF attached, the NEX now gets about 30-35% of my shooting, and sometimes more in certain seasons.

How about the other accessories such as the flash and the and the ability to attach lens' from Nikon and Canon? Has anyone tried that?

Flash - no...I don't find any desire to shoot flash photos with the NEX.  I rarely shoot flash unless I'm shooting a hired event requiring group shots or portraits, in which case I use my DSLR and external flash units.  With the NEX, I prefer natural light shooting and never attach the flash that comes with the camera, nor bought any additional flashes for it.

As for mounting other lenses - yes, I use mine that way frequently.  I haven't used Canon or Nikon lenses myself - I've used Pentax, Chinon, Vivitar, Konica, Soligor, Rokinon, and Osawa lenses with my NEX-5N via manual focus adapters.  It's a pleasure to use the camera with older manual lenses - I can't say if I'd enjoy it as much with newer modern AF lenses.  I like the feel and feedback of turning a geared manual focus ring and aperture ring to set my exposure and shot.

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