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Sony NEX-5N 16.1 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Touchscreen Camera With 18-55mm Lens (Silver)

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  • DSLR quality in your pocket
  • Up to 10 fps shooting to capture the decisive moment
  • 16.1 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor
  • Full HD movie shooting 60p/24p
  • Photo Creativity Touch provides easy access to image adjustments
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Product Details

Color: Silver | Style: With 18-55mm lens
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S. and to APO/FPO addresses. For APO/FPO shipments, please check with the manufacturer regarding warranty and support issues.
  • ASIN: B005IHAIHA
  • Item model number: NEX5NK/S
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,614 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: August 23, 2011

Product Description

Color: Silver | Style: With 18-55mm lens

Product Description

The performance of a DSLR, in about half the size and weight. The NEX-5N is 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 3.0-inch tiltable Live View touch screen LCD.

From the Manufacturer

NEX-5N http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/P01-03._.jpg

The performance of a DSLR, in about half the size and weight. The NEX-5N is 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 3.0-inch tiltable Live View touch screen LCD.

DSLR quality in your pocket http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/iMAGEsENSOR._.jpg
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.

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.
16.1 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/Exmor._.jpg
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.

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.

Full HD movie shooting 60p/24p http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/P16-17_03._.jpg
Record Full HD 1920x1080 video in a variety of frame rates from 60p for super smooth action to 24p for a more cinematic feel. 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.
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. http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/P12-13_02._.jpg

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/P18-19_16._.jpgTiltable 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.


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.

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.

Optional XGA OLED viewfinder  http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/P08-09_08._.jpg http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/P08-09_09._.jpghttp://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/viewfinder._.jpghttp://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/P08-09_10._.jpg
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.

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.

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/FocusConfirm._.jpgPeaking 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.

3D Sweep Panorama Mode http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/P16-17_04._.jpg
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 television. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.

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).

6-image layering http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/AntiMotion._.jpg
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.

http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/AutoHDR._.jpgAuto 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.)

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.

Intelligent Auto Focus
Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum.

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.

Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/Untitled-13._.jpg
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.

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.

Phase Detect AF for E-mount bodies w/ adapter http://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/nex5n/Adapter._.jpghttp://g-ecx.images-amazon.com/images/G/01/electronics/cameras/dslr/sony/2011/P08-09_02._.jpg
Both the LA-EA1 and EA2 adapters (sold separately) allow 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.
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.

HDMI output
Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output.

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.
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Customer Reviews

Takes great pictures.
cnerker90
I think it is very intuitive, and you really don't have to spend much time learning to use the camera.
kikimeow
I just love this camera as it's really fast and the image quality is great.
Mighty Mouse

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

226 of 228 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on November 9, 2011
Style Name: With 18-55mm lensColor Name: Silver Verified Purchase
(Minor updates below added in June 2012). I bought the NEX-5N in mid-October 2011 just before a trip to Europe. The bottom line: it takes superb photos without flash, especially in truly adverse lighting conditions (wine caves 1,000 years old, for example). As others have written, the camera with the 18-55 zoom takes extremely high quality photos - there's no quality penalty to get the benefit of the small size and light weight vs. a top DSLR. So I think it could be used happily by both people trading up and people trading down. But the camera does have quirks, some serious. Many other reviews cover the overall high points of the camera, so I'll focus on a few review elements I think need reinforcement.

The NEX-5N has a full auto mode, but I hope most buyers will take the trouble to learn the camera's full capabilities, because the camera can produce some amazing photos once liberated from auto mode. However I have to say that the learning curve is steep, not just because the camera has a lot of capability, but also because the user interface is a real pain in the neck until you adapt to it. The lack of dedicated controls, a consequence of the small size, creates a lot of complexity in daily use.

Here's a specific example to illustrate some of the potential frustrations. The camera can take an auto-HDR (high dynamic range) photo. It will instantly merge three shots that it auto-brackets (in steps you specify) to yield a picture that would take several minutes to produce if you had to merge three shots yourself using editing software. Great ability, but here are the steps if you haven't customized the menus: 1. turn off raw if you were using it, which requires at least 3 menu presses. 2. press menu again and select the "brightness/color" controls. 3.
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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful By Ali Julia #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on October 20, 2011
Style Name: With 18-55mm lensColor Name: Silver
Length: 0:08 Mins
I am a long-time DSLR camera user who wanted a small camera to travel with. I was looking for a camera which would produce results similar to my DSLR and allow me to change lenses yet be lighter than my current Canon DSLR camera.

I like:

(1) The camera is really light compared to my DSLR. Several times I panicked "where is my camera" while it was hanging around my neck. It was so light that I did not feel its weight.

The body of the camera is 4 1/8 inches wide x 1 inch wide in the narrow part. It is small but not so small that is inconvenient to hold or operate. Overall the camera feels good in your hand, the mechanical parts (hinges and other controls) feel well made and pretty sturdy.

(2) I am pleased with the quality of the photos I took.

(3) Features that I loved, two features I never had in other cameras I owned:
* Sweeping panorama - I absolutely loved it! It worked fantastically even hand held taking photos of night time skyline. (I am attaching a photo showing this feature)
* Anti blur - in addition to having Optical Steady Shot this camera has an option for hand-held night shots. It takes 6 photos in quick succession and combines them to generate one shot reducing blur due to unsteady hands.
Note: these settings produce JPEG format even when the setting is set to RAW

(4) NEX-5N comes with a separate battery recharger, which is handy since the camera drains the battery rather fast it is nice to have a spare battery charging while the camera is being used. I purchased a 3-d party (Wasabi) battery pack (two NP-FW50 batteries, one Wasabi AC charger, one car charger converter for Wasabi AC charger, European converter) which works well with my NEX-5N.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Dillon Hall on November 29, 2011
Style Name: With 18-55mm lensColor Name: Silver
Length: 3:57 Mins
This is a music video I shot with my NEX-5N and the SEL18200 lens. I love the camera, I just wish there were a few extra options such as a
1. Headphone jack to preview audio (don't think thats asking too much)
2. A better option for stereo and omni directional audio (either bySony or a universal accessory shoe would help)
3. A slightly better flash or a built in flash like other cameras.

All in all, I use this for video primarily and I love it.
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86 of 102 people found the following review helpful By Nav J on December 4, 2011
Style Name: With 18-55mm lensColor Name: Silver Verified Purchase
I'm reviewing this as a high-end prosumer camera, a grab-and-go camera to complement or even replace my SLR in most situations, which is what most cameras in this range are targeted at. I recently had the opportunity to compare the NEX-5N side by side with a Nikon P7100. I had very high hopes for this camera, especially given the great reviews and its large sensor. Yet, the quick summary is overall, the Nikon wins. Why?

I won't mention all the details that the other reviewers have covered very well. Rather, again, I'll focus on its use as an camera for an advanced amateur - someone who knows the kind of shot they want to take, and wants to take it quickly, without needing to use an SLR.

Pro NEX-5N
- SLR-size sensor means great image quality, even at high ISO. However, in practice it isn't much better than the G12 or Nikon P7100 as it ought to be given that it has ~3x the surface area. (I tested this with RAW settings on all cameras).
- I like the zoom on the lens. Feels natural to a SLR user. I wish more cameras offered this!
- Some nice features buried in the menus :)
- Large, bright lens, even if it's slow.

Neutral
- The focusing ring on the lens is a great idea - but poorly implemented. Manual focus is actually not very useful on this camera. It takes quite a while (lots of rotation) and if you're in a hurry, you're likely to miss the shot. Then again, you're not likely to be focusing manually if you're trying to get a quick shot.

Con NEX-5N
- Not pocketable with the 18-55 lens.
- The UI is terrible. It takes forever to change settings if you're doing anything other than pointing and shooting. It's really hard to do simple things like change the metering mode.
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