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

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With 18-55mm lens
  • 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 (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,289 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

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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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.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The flash that comes with it is clip on, and not very good, and it…But on the other side, this camera's low light pictures are so good, you usually don't need a flash. Read more ›
The flash is sold separately for a very good reason - 99% photos do not need it! The picture quality is fantastic. Glad I purchased a 32 MB memory card - and cloud storage. Read more ›
The quality of picture is good, and the bulid is good~ I'm not gonna say much about it cause it's good enough, it's just... Read more ›
I just love this camera as it's really fast and the image quality is great. I was using a Canon S95 as my companion camera before but was totally disappointed with the… Read more ›
I've shot with this for about a year and a half and have beat the hell out of it. Very durable and the quality of photos is fantastic. You can see my photos online by… Read more ›
But as I said the photos are great - better than I had expected, so I'm happy. Apple finally provided RAW compatibility so I'm extra happy. Read more ›
-there are some cool extra features, such as capturing only reds or yellows etc (you can do this easily post-production, but, nice to have on the camera), autoHDR,… Read more ›
No small camera I've owned has ever gotten the exposure right - I almost always have to use EV adjustments or switch to full manual mode to get thigns like christmas lights… Read more ›
7. Minor points: the default settings for DRO and HDR are too weak to make a difference, so at…But they just need to be tweaked to a stronger setting and they work fine. Read more ›
I don't know why they think the anti motion blur should have its own spot on the mode dial but the very similar hand held twilight should be another menu down in the scene… Read more ›
When I got the h9 superzoom a few years ago I was in awe of all the tweaking you could do with full manual controls and boy did I. I ran up against what that camera could… Read more ›
(3) Features that I loved, two features I never had in other cameras I owned: * Sweeping panorama - I absolutely loved it! Read more ›
very high image quality specially at low light. video is very good. 1080p. Read more ›
The video quality is excellent. It also have silent auto tracking focus, which allows me to video taping my fast moving 5 year old while the Canons can not "auto-focus"… Read more ›
It is light and loaded with features. Good pictures and excellent video capability. After I bought my camera, three of my friends ended up buying one too. Read more ›
This was my main concern because I'm very lazy. I took tons of photos and many beautiful videos. After I got back, I sent it in to Sony for "the adjustment" and now it… Read more ›
No kidding, it completely blows away my three-year-old AVCHD hard drive video camera. My wife and I both agree, the life-like video seems like broadcast quality. stunningly… Read more ›
The picture quality is excellent, but the video has a big flaw: when you are recording video and you move the camera suddenly (like when walking fast, or in a car, etc), it… Read more ›
Neutral - The focusing ring on the lens is a great idea - but poorly implemented. Manual focus is actually not very useful on this camera. Read more ›
In fact, if you primarily shoot…I would like to test faster lenses but the fastest lens available with this system without an adapter (the 50mm 1.8) is on back order. I… Read more ›
This camera has taken totally clear…I would like to test faster lenses but the fastest lens available with this system without an adapter (the 50mm 1.8) is on back order. Read more ›
- Some nice features buried in the menus :) - Large, bright lens, even if it's slow. Read more ›
I planned on shooting raw, but the jpgs are great. I had a Nikon D70 and some nice lenses that I sold and the NEX-5N is helping me to not miss my bigger DSLR. And, this 5N… Read more ›
With focus peaking and the touch screen I can focus in low light sometimes…I enjoy using manual focus and doing so opens up a world of affordable and high quality lenses. Read more ›
I love the feel and craftsman ship of it. Slim size is a plus. Tons of features. Read more ›
Recommend you get the Sony aftermarket flash but this blows the doors off the full size camera out there in half the size video is amazing., Read more ›
A DSLR is too heavy and…I have a Canon S90, which I also love very much for its compact size, however I always wanted a camera that have the ability to yield a nice bokeh. Read more ›
Really liked the camera when I started using it. I dont know much about DSLR but this one gives a nice feeling of having an advanced model in compact size. If some is… Read more ›
The image quality is INSANE, and the video is INCREDIBLE. The UI is great, the size, weight and build quality are top-notch. Read more ›
It is amazing what they have done with such a small camera. Since i have had it I gave it to my partner who loves the size and photos. I purchased a NEX 7 with the 18-200… Read more ›
I have nothing to say about the aps-c frame, which is the same as those you get in most DSLRs…Focusing is rather fast, street documentary is easy and fun with this camera. Read more ›
The video quality is better than his dSLR. This camera does a nice job auto focusing during video. The reason why I would give 4.5 stars is that it is hard to use. Read more ›
I really want to love this camera. And when I get good focus, I do love it. The in-focus pictures are gorgeous. Read more ›
I love using manual focus on the NEX-5N. With focus peaking and the touch screen I can focus in low light sometimes more quickly than autofocus. I enjoy using manual focus… Read more ›
The colors are amazing, autofocus is amazing and if the camera isn't focusing exactly where you want it to just tap the touchscreen to tell the 5n what to focus on and voila. Read more ›
1. Faster focus and 0.02 sec release time log (Yes, NEX5 is not so good for fast action shooting, but NEX5N improved.) Read more ›
U…This camera proved very easy to use, easy to quickly pull out and take an impromptu shot (camera starts quickly and adjusts settings quickly when on point-and-shoot mode). Read more ›
This camera is easy to use. Even you send it to your grandparent. Read more ›
Just the other day, I discovered that it…I'm not sure how practical settings such as "smile" mode are, but they are fun to use, especially since the mode actually works. Read more ›
Takes great pictures. Easy to use on screen instructions for those who need extra help. Read more ›
Love it. Makes beautiful photos and is easy to use for a beginner. The only thing a little difficult is putting on and getting out the lens cover. Read more ›
I bought this because it has a full size sensor in a small camera. From what I can tell so far it produces a fantastic, bright,clear image and is easy to use. If you use… Read more ›
I love Sony's industrial design language, which also carries out to the user interface. The touch-screen is nice but I prefer using the hard butons next to it. Read more ›
It is rather…Dead pixels in LCD panels are a fact of life, and 1 dead pixel on a screen is well within acceptable QA limits, and would not be considered a defect. Neith… Read more ›
The 16mm pancake is borderline useful in my opinion. The touch screen is great for pointing to select the focus point, and general menu navigation. Customizing the menus… Read more ›
Linked to that issue: focus tracking. Sony advertises that the NEX-5N will track a moving subject once you touch the spot on the LCD screen you want it to track. But it… Read more ›
I find I generally prefer the physical controls which let me use the thumb of my…Also the ability to touch a spot on the screen and have it focus on that is very nice. I… Read more ›
Two things I like best about the NEX-5n's operation are the touch screen and the customizable…I did not expect to like the touch screen, but it's an excellent feature. I… Read more ›
Action photos aside, using the 18-55mm kit lens, photos taken with the 5N have great clarity and sharpness. Colors are nicely saturated and vibrant. The best part is that… Read more ›
The colors are amazing, autofocus is amazing and if the camera isn't focusing exactly where you want it to just tap the touchscreen to tell the 5n what to focus on and voila. Read more ›
1. Exceptional color rendition Read more ›
You will be amazed by how stunning the color rendition in produced images is. It is rich and impressive. Read more ›
My wife and I both agree, the life-like video seems like broadcast quality. stunningly sharp, beautiful colors and the tiny on board mic actually sounds pretty good. It is… Read more ›
Depth…This is when your subject is crisp and that beautiful rose bush behind them is blurry with just some great color coming through and wow the picture just jumps at you. Read more ›
Interchangeable lens choices The camera performance is so good, it just warrants some prime lenses to complement the excellent sensor. To a serious IQ seeker, that will… Read more ›
2. The Nex 5N boasts a full sized 23.6 x 15.8mm APS-C sensor which is approx more than 10%…Every sq mm of that sensor is going to give you incredible low light performance. Read more ›
The lens is easily worth the extra $100 on the kit. Sony SEL-1855 F3.5-5.6 18-55mm zoom lens has decent performance for still and is super quiet for video. During video… Read more ›
Great out of the box jpeg results in the iA mode. Big sensor, awesome low light performance, articulated LCD screen, touch screen display, touch to focus, light weight. Exce… Read more ›
The overall experience was good. [5] Extremely good low light performance compared to Panasonic GF-2 & Olympus Pen. Read more ›
Sensor is a bit larger than the T3i, FPS for continuous shooting is MUCH faster, ISO/Low-Light performance is AMAZING (rarely ever use the flash), etc... Camera was… Read more ›
I love this product, it's easy to carry, and good quality pic it take. many modes to choose can make more effects Read more ›
It's lighter to carry on a daily basis. Always nice to be able to shoot anything that may inspire you,so it's way more convenient to carry a smaller,sleek camera like this. I… Read more ›
small size easy to carry Endless excellent feature . Read more ›
Although the lenses add considerable size to the diminutive body of the 5n, it is still much easier to carry around all day than a full-sized DSLR camera and comparable… Read more ›
But if you are DSLR user like me trying to replace your old DSLR for something which is more lighter and easier to carry, then you should be prepared to live with a lot of… Read more ›
It is kind of fiddly to attach, but is secure once mounted. The flash is absurdly powerful; In tele mode, it gives you adequate light 25-30 feet away. Along with the… Read more ›
She wanted something faster and it also has he bonus of being a great camera. Barely ever needs a flash (which is good, since you have to put it on to use it.). As all of… Read more ›
(If the flash is so small, why not just…The flash is very compact and attaches securely the camera, so it is the kind of thing that you can just leave on permanently. O… Read more ›
It consumes approx 10% of the battery for 30 minutes of video 5. Add on cute flash 6. Speed is awesome, camera takes continuous snaps with no hesitation. Read more ›
I bought the NEX-5N in…The bottom line: it takes superb photos without flash, especially in truly adverse lighting conditions (wine caves 1,000 years old, for example). A… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

225 of 227 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
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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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86 of 101 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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