Get the interchangeable lens camera of your dreams capable of capturing astonishing 16.1MP stills or full 1920x1080 HD video in about half the size as its DSLR counterparts. It's the interchangeable lens camera that fits in your pocket. Enjoy Full HD 1080/60p or 24p movies, astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 10 fps, incredible panorama shots and a 3.0-inch tiltable Live View touch screen LCD. Use the Photo Creativity Touch interface to easily adjust images on the go or try out Sweep Panorama for incredible landscapes in 2D or 3D.
DSLR quality in your pocket - This is the world's smallest interchangeable lens digital still camera using a large APS-C size sensor (as of Aug 2011). The removal of the conventional mirror box and viewfinder results in a camera body that is about half the size and weight of a standard DSLR camera.
Full HD movie shooting 60p/24p - Record Full HD 1920x1080 video in a variety of frame rates from 60p for super smooth action to 24p for a more cinematic feel.1 The NEX-5N utilizes the AVCHD codec, the industry standard for high quality HD video capture, as well as the MP4 codec for easy upload to the web due to it's smaller file size.
Object Tracking AF via Touch LCD - Object Tracking AF can lock onto a specified object and maintain focus even as the subject moves. This hassle-free mode allows unpredictable subjects to stay in focus even while zooming. Letting you concentrate on the scene and composition without having to worry about focus. The subject on which to lock focus is easily selected via the touch screen or the center button of the control wheel.
11 Picture Effect modes - There are 11 picture effects modes to choose from: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow), Soft High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal, Cool, Warm, Green, Magenta), Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, and Miniature. Each is unique and each gives you a new and exciting way to make your images and videos pop.
Sweep Panorama Mode - Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (16mm focal length).
P/A/S/M operating modes - The NEX-5N offers a full range of controls for video and still shooting from the beginner's iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.
BIONZ image processor - The brain of the camera is a refined version of Sony's BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 25600 sensitivity. Also enables fast processing for up to 10 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 16.1 megapixel images, 2D/3D Sweep Panorama modes and 6 image layering.
Phase Detect AF for E-mount bodies w/ adapter - Both the LA-EA1 and EA2 adapters allows you to attach A-mount lenses to your E-mount camera. However, the LA-EA2 is the world's first adapter to leverage Sony's exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology to provide super fast and accurate Phase Detection AF as well. The LA-EA2 adapter has a translucent mirror built-in between the two mounts that directs a small portion of the light to the phase detection AF sensor in the bottom of the unit.
Stamina battery power for up to 430 shots - Take up to 430 shots on a single charge with Sony lithium ion Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.
16.1 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor - You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.
Tiltable 3.0" Touch LCD - Sony's 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further in bright sunlight. Tilts down 45? and up 80? to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss.
Optional XGA OLED viewfinder - The optional FDA-EV1S OLED Tru-Finder? offers a large, bright and wide-view of the scene. With high resolution 2.395K dot, and unprecedented speed, contrast and color accuracy, the FDA-EV1S provides an extraordinary view.
3D Sweep Panorama Mode - Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television4. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.
Auto HDR - High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Until recently, you needed a computer and editing software. Sony builds HDR in. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)
iAUTO mode - Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. Takes advantage of Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization without leaving auto mode so you always get the best shot.
Accepts Sony E-mount lenses - Compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for a compact interchangeable lens cameras. Opens up a world of creative options.
HDMI output - Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV.12 The camera includes an HDMI output.
Up to 10 fps shooting - Capture the decisive moment in sports and get the ideal baby photo. Up to 10 fps continuous shooting at full 16.1 MP resolution. Standard continuous shooting speeds vary based upon shooting conditions and memory card speeds.
Photo Creativity Touch - The Photo Creativity interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression through direct photographic control in an easy to use interface. Changes can be combined/removed and viewed in real time on the LCD making it a breeze to make adjustments.
World's shortest release time lag (0.02 sec) - In photography, shutter lag, or release time, is the delay between triggering the shutter by fully depressing the shutter button and when the photograph is actually recorded. By initiating the exposure electronically instead of with the traditional shutter mechanism, release time on the NEX-5N is reduced to just 20 milliseconds - helping you to capture the decisive moment.
Peaking AF display - The Peaking AF display makes precise manual focusing much easier by highlighting the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors ( white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focal plane can make or break your shot.
6-image layering - The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. The camera then combines the data from the 6 different images to create a single image. This method is used to control blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode or to get cleaner, sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.
Intelligent Auto Focus - Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum.
Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) - Dynamic Range Optimizer improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.
25-point Auto Focus - 25 sensors cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame.
Picture Effect(s) : 11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, MiniatureAuto Exposure Lock : Yes (AE Lock with focus lock)Color Temperature : 2500 - 9900 k with 15-step Magenta / Green compensationCreative Style : Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))D-Range Optimizer : Yes: (Auto, Level, Off)Exposure Bracketing : Yes: (3 Continuous)Exposure Compensation : ?3.0 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)Exposure Settings : iAUTO, Program AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama (2D), 3D Sweep Panorama, Anti Motion Blur, Picture Effect, Scene SelectionISO : Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100 to 25600)Metering : Advanced 1200-zone evaluative meteringMetering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, SpotMetering Sensitivity : 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)Noise Reduction : Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)Scene Mode(s) : Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld TwilightWhite Balance Mode : Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM NP-FW50 (7.2V)Number of Still Images : Approx. 430 images (CIPA standard)
Service and Warranty Information
Limited Warranty Term : 1 Year Parts & Labor
Flash Compensation : +/-2EV,1/3EV stepsFlash Coverage : FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)Flash Metering System : Pre-flash TTLFlash Modes : Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reductionFlash Type : Smart accessory terminal (HVL-F7S Flash Supplied)Guide Number : 7 (in meters at ISO 100)Recycling Time : Approx. 4 sec.
Supplied Software : PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2; Image Data Converter SR v3.2; Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2Operating System Compatibility : Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1; Mac OS X (v10.3-?10.6), PMB is not compatible with Mac OS. Camera (via USB), Image Data Converter, and Image Data Lightbox software are compatible with Mac OS.
Burst Buffer : JPEG (Fine: 10 shots, Standard: 10 shots), RAW (6 shots), RAW+JPEG (4 shots)Continuous Shooting Speed : Continuous (up to 3fps) Speed Priority (up to 10fps)Drive Mode : Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority, Self-timer, Continuous Self-timer, BracketingSelf-timer : 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay, (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)Shutter Speeds : 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulbShutter Type : Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Weights and Measurements
Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 4-3/8 ? 2-3/8 ? 1-9/16" (110.8 x 58.8 x 38.2mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusionsWeight (Approx.) : Approx. 7.4 oz (210g) (excl battery & media) Approx. 9.5 oz (269g) (w/battery & media)
Lens Compatibility : Sony E-mount lens, (Sony A-mount lenses when used with LA-EA1 or LA-EA2 lens adaptor)Lens Mount : Sony E-mountCamera Type : Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Imaging Sensor : Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)Processor : BIONZ image processorAnti Dust : Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanismPixel Gross : Approx. 16.7 megapixelsEffective Picture Resolution : Approx. 16.1 megapixelsFocal Length Conversion Factor : 1.5xColor Filter System : RGB primary color filters
Media Type : Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cardColor Space : sRGB, AdobeRGBStill Image Mode : JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEGStill Image Size 16:9 : L (14M): 4912 X 2760 M (7.1M): 3568 X 2000 S (3.4M): 2448 X 1376Still Image Size 3:2 : L (16M): 4912 X 3264 M (8.4M): 3568 X 2368 S (4M): 2448 X 1624Panorama Still Image Size : Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M) 3D Sweep Panorama: Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M) Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M) 16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)Video Format : AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))Video Mode : AVCHD: PS - 1920 x 1080/60p @ 28Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/60i @ 24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/60i @ 17Mbps FX - 1920 x 1080/24p @ 24Mbps FH - 1920 x 1080/24p @ 17Mbps MP4: HD - 1440 x 1080/ 30p @ 12Mbps VGA - 640 x 480/ 30p @ 3MbpsVideo Signal : NTSC color, EIA standardsAudio Format : Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LCMicrophone/Speaker : Built-in stereo microphone; Built-in, monaural speakerStill Image File Format : JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)
BRAVIA Sync : Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTVDVDirect : Yes, via USBHD Output : HDMI (TypeC mini)Memory Card Slot : Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory cardPhotoTV HD : Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cableUSB Port(s) : USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
Focus System : Contrast AFFocus Points : 25 pointsAF Modes : Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual FocusFocus Area : Multi Point AF (25 points), Center Weighted AF, Flexible Spot AFFocus Sensitivity : 0 EV to +20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)Manual Focus Assist : Magnified display for precise manual focusFocus Features : Predictive Focus Control, Focus LockAF Illuminator : Built-in, LED type
Type : Optional OLED finder available (FDA-EV1S)
Face Detection : On/On (Regist. Faces)/OffSmile Shutter technology : Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)Auto High Dynamic Range : Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)Photo Creativity : Yes (via iAuto Mode)Shooting Tips : YesSweep Panorama : Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical, and 3D Panorama
LCD Type : 3.0? TFT Xtra Fine LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack technologyAngle Adjustment : Up: Approx. 80 degrees, Down: Approx. 45 degreesBrightness Control : Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny WeatherCoverage : 100%Live View : Yes, (Constant AF Live View)Real-time image adjustment display : Exposure Compensation, WB, Creative StyleHistogram : Yes (On/off)Peaking : Yes (MF only, Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off), (Color: White/Red/Yellow)Grid Display : Yes (On/off)Customization : Brightness: Auto, Manual, Sunny Weather; Display Color: Black, White, Blue, PinkTouch Panel : Yes
Lens Mount Type : Sony E-mount
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Great for travel
from Charlotte, NC
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Great for travel purposes as its compact and light.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Brings back old times
from Bryan, TX
Now, here is a camera body that gives you everything you can wish for: manual, intelligent auto, special scenes, shutter or aperture priority, low light handheld...the list goes on and on. Color fidelity, rich black and white fotography, no shutter lag, 10 fps shot speed, optional first class view finder. And all of this in a small body that one can pocket if one wishes to do so. The sensor is sensational with an optimum number of pixels for its 4/3 size. I bought several lenses and am happy with everything I have purchased as they all play nicely together including a manual Leica lens. My favorite general purpose lens is the 18-55 mm (3.5-5.6) zoom lens and the featured images were taken with this lens. The NEX 5N makes me feel like having finally found a digital body/camera that can handle situations like my good old fashioned analog cameras albeit only after one puts a bit of time into studying the versatile but complex interface. Once one masters the 5N, the creative possibilities are sheer boundless.
Outstanding stills - Video needs some work
from Bloomington, IN
Basically I rate this 5 stars for stills, including low-light and 3 stars for video in low light. The auto-ISO works great and makes possible some scenes that would be difficult to impossible with other rigs. I recommend turning OFF AF in low-light, particularly for video, as the incessant focus hunting ruins the video and overheats the camera, causing it to shut down with exended shoots. If you use MF, it gets bumped up to a 4. I still don't like the fact that you have to zoom manually and that audio, even with the external mic attachment, sometimes distorts at higher sound levels. Otherwise it is a great video camera as well. Three stars for video for now.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Encino, CA
I am a Canon shooter for the past 7 years or so. I've been using the Canon 5D, 5D MKII and 1D MKIV for my work and sometimes for leisure. I was so skeptic about the NEX series on how it will revolutionized the DSLR market when it came out. A Sony!?!?! Well, after like a year or so, I've been hearing great things and read positive reviews about it but with my prideful self, I am still doubting all the positive claims. Christmas came and my wife surprised my with the NEX-5n and the 16mm f/2.8...in all honesty, I wasn't happy...until I started playing with it :). First thing I did was to test at low light/high ISO levels and I was floored on how well controlled the noise level were and the quality images were WOW! This little thing intimidates my Canon 1D MKIV in low light performance. The other special features were awesome as well. For video, it's fantastic! Finally, my neck and shoulders will get a break from carrying heavy DSLRs. As I write this review, I have not touched my Canons. I love this thing!!! Thanks Sony for making my life a whole lot easier.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
First impressions count...
from Full-time RVer currently Benson, AZ
After just a few days with my NEX-5N I'm full of enthusiasm for the camera and have just a couple observations... First and foremost, image quality is amazing. The sensor is beyond anything I've used before. And the JPEG processing engine generates amazing out-of-camera images that need little or no post-processing other than cropping. Truly sets the standard for APS-C. And the features are almost too good to be true. Things like Panorama Sweep and Hand-Held Twilight just don't seem possible in such a small camera. I can't help but think "Why didn't anyone think of this before?" Takes awhile to really understand the power available and I'm just starting to learn. Bundled camera kits weren't readily available when I bought my NEX-5N. So I separately bought the 18-200mm NEX lens. I'm very happy with the combination. 11X zoom makes you feel like you have the convenience of a P&S camera but with more of a DSLR feel. The lens is heavier than the camera body and requires a different approach to carrying and use... I need to carry the camera by the lens vs. carrying by the body as the latter causes me to depress buttons and enter the menu system inadvertently. It isn't 2nd nature yet, but I'll get there. As I write this NEX lenses are mostly unavailable either from the Christmas rush, not yet available from production, or the continuing disruption from the 2011 Thailand flood. The planned range of lenses is pretty limited and I can only hope that it will grow. In the meantime the SEL18200 fills a number of gaps in the line-up except macro imaging. A few observations about using the camera. - Auto focus in low-light isn't particularly easy. The camera often hunts for focus or gives up altogether. AF Assist can exacerbate the problem. If the camera fails to focus, you have to go into the menu to turn on manual focus. This is not to say you can't use the camera in low light, it's just that you can't expect fast, accurate AF to help. A firmware mod to automatically enable MF when the AF fails would help immensely! I'm guessing this is a limitation of the Contrast Detect technology used for auto focus. - Like most of the current range of non-DSLR cameras, you either have to use the LCD screen exclusively for composition & focusing or buy an optional EVF. The NEX-7 offers built-in EVF, but for -5N owners you need to buy the pricey optional accessory which tends to snag things (camera bag, clothing, straps, etc.). I don't have one yet because, like many of the NEX accessories, there's no stock available. - The LCD screen washes out in bright sunlight. Can't expect anything else for this type display. An oddity of the NEX-5N camera is that the screen can sometimes be more useable in direct sunlight than if you step into the shadows and shoot toward the sunlight. Apparently it has to do with the built-in sensors that control screen brightness automatically by measuring how much light strikes the screen. (Brightness is separately adjustable.) - There are no Custom modes available. Similar cameras I'm familiar with allow the user to save camera settings they find useful for special conditions or subjects. The NEX-5N owner has to drill down thru the menu and reset for each of these situations. Apparently Sony designers don't see that as a problem, but maybe with enough feedback from users they'll make allowance for those of us that like the Custom approach. It is, after all, a firmware change and not a hardware mod. All-in-all I'm very pleased with the camera. It creates great images and has given me better photos without post-processing than any of my other cameras. I just need to be aware of a few characteristics and find a way to deal with them. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend the camera for anyone with enough experience to know how to deal with these 'features'.
(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
from Sacramento. CA
this is a best camera I ever have that is small and takes good pictures like DSLR.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Amazing Underwater Camera
from San Jose, CA
Purchased primarily for use in a Nauticam underwater housing. Took it to Fiji for 6 days of diving and loved the results! Awesome video footage with the fisheye lens attachment, intelligent auto mode did all the work setting exposures. Love this camera.
from troms, norway
i got my nex-5 for about a year now, along with a 16mm, fisheye adapter, and an 18-55mm. the images are absolutely stunning, - everyone who sees them are impressed with the low noise levels, and overall picture quality. also the firmware update that came quite early made up for some extra shortcuts, which is nice! the only thing i wish for would be that the hdmi out signal could be a clean image without any exposure info. that would open up for recording uncompressed video directly to a computer. i know this might be of little general usage, but maybe some people would wish for this for tethering as well! so keep up the work with this line of cameras, and keep bringing these small updates that prove we have made a real good choise!