Movie mode

Like its predecessor the NEX-5 the NEX-5N is capable of recording full 1080p video, but new in this model is the ability to record at 60p. The new AVCHD 2.0 format is now compatible with the newest Blu-ray players as well as many older players after firmware update. The newest version of Sony's PMB software allows for lossless editing of your movies as well as write your 60p movies directly to a Blu-ray disc.

Also new in the NEX-5N is implementation of full manual control of shutter speed, aperture and exposure compensation before and during recording. Pressing the Movie button when shooting in one of the PASM modes on the 5N will begin recording video at whatever manual settings are currently set. When shooting video in A or M mode it is possible to adjust the aperture throughout the entire range of the lens, but shutter speed is limited to a minimum of 1/4" (1 exposure = about 15 frames at 60fps). However, the usefulness of 1/4" shutter speed will be limited to mostly artistic ventures as it creates a very jittery stop-motion-esque video.

It is possible to utilize full manual video control when starting to record a movie from M mode. Aperture, shutter speed and ISO are all adjustable during recording.
When recording a video while in P, A or S modes exposure compensation can be applied by pressing down on the 4-way controller.

ISO can be adjusted while recording video in any of the PASM modes, however when switching the ISO setting an annoying pop-up describing the best scenarios for each mode block your view.

While it is nice to see the addition of this level of flexibility while shooting video we're not certain that these features will be used to a large extent while recording, in many cases it is more useful to set all of your values before recording.

SLT adapter (LA-EA2)

The LA-EA2 SLT lens adapter offers continuous phase-detect AF while recording movies which offers a speed advantage over the contrast-detect AF available in-camera. And the expanded range of lenses it makes available can add a lot of creative flexibility. But, as you can see in the second video sample below, the AF system can sometimes be confused and cause the lens to unnecessarily re-focus. Where the LA-EA2 adapter can be quite useful is when shooting high-action events like sports where the subject is in constant motion. In this case the fast continuous AF can help you maintain focus when following a quick moving subject. However, if you plan to shoot in a more cinematic style, where the majority of focusing is manual, you may be better served by using the less expensive LA-EA1 adapter.

Video quality options

• 60i 24M (FX)
• 60i 17M (FH)
• 60p 28M (FS)

• 24p 24M (FX)
• 24p 17M (FH)
• 1440 x 1080 12M
• VGA 3M

Video Samples

Video 1

In this video we are demonstrating the effect that live manual recording adjustments have on video. The video starts out at the minimum shutter speed of 1/4 second. The shutter speed is then increased and the aperture decreased. Because the 5N only has one control dial it is impossible to control both aperture and shutter speed simultaneously.

1920x1080 60p, MTS, 24 sec, 81.84 MB Click here to download original file

Video 2

This video was shot hand-held using a Sony DT 16-50mm F2.8 SSM via the LA-EA2 adapter. The SLT adapter allows for continuous phase-detect AF while recording video which can be quite useful when shooting fast action. However, as you can see at about 0:10 seconds into the video the camera re-focusses causing a distracting 'jump' in the video.

1920x1080 60p, MTS, 22 sec, 67.41 MB Click here to download original file