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

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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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Style: With 18-55mm lens
  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 5.4 x 8.4 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 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: B005IHAIJ8
  • Item model number: NEX5NK/B
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (216 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,635 in Camera & Photo (See Top 100 in Camera & Photo)
  • Date first available at August 23, 2011

Product Description

Style: With 18-55mm lens

From the Manufacturer


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
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
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
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. 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
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. 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
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
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. 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)
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
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.

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.What’s in the box: Sony Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black), E-Mount SEL 1855 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Lens for Alpha NEX Cameras (Silver), NP-FW50 Lithium-Ion Rechargeable Battery (1080mAh) , Lens Cap, Shoulder Strap, USB Cable (Mini B), Alpha AC Charger for W Series Battery, HVL-F7 Flash, CD-ROM and 1-Year Limited Warranty.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The center of the Sony NEX-5N is a brilliant 16-megapixel sensor from Sony, very similar to the sensor in…Image quality is excellent, also in low light ith high ISO values. Read more ›
OH! and picture quality is pretty good. Not what my D7000 delivers, but it gets the job done once you know how to work the camera to this adventages. :) Read more ›
I am so happy with it. The pictures are excellent. The fps is super fast, as is the focus. Read more ›
I upgraded from a super-zoom (lumix fz35). The images are superb, the start up time and shooting speed are fast! I was skeptical about loosing some physical controls , such… Read more ›
For standard indoor lighting, the Sony does do pretty well. Shots are brighter and cleaner than any shots I've ever seen from a digital. Read more ›
So far, the freedom to set shutter speed for motion shots has been the most fun. The quality of the low light shots is also great! There are also alot of built in help… Read more ›
I've chased my kids around the yard and the park…The options are so convenient and it takes amazing pictures... Very happy with this camera and I would recommend to anyone. Read more ›
The camera takes beautiful photos and allows for some great effects within the camera…The corners are sharp, center focus is quite clear, and the ISO settings are amazing. Read more ›
Only took 250 shots so far. The touchsceen is nice and the Auto mode is excellent. Read more ›
However, the iAuto mode does a great job in most situations and I can program a few of my favorites to soft buttons and the low-light performance means I use flash… Read more ›
It is also loaded with multiple play settings allowing effects…It's sweep panorama mode is simple to use and flawless creating an image that shows no signs of stitching. Read more ›
Features > List of features is nice like Panoramo, HDR and other effects. Read more ›
This is the best camera ive ever owned. great portability and great image quality. the kit lens is fine but of course i will be getting better lenses and the fact they have… Read more ›
Full HD for 60fps, which was a big selling point for me. The kit lens is surprisingly awesome. The trick is to film things WORTH filming. Read more ›
Cons: The 18-55 lens is good enough to start with for sure. It has a bit of annoying barrel distortion at 18mm if you turn the correction off or you shoot in RAW. Read more ›
I am very happy with this camera. It's a very solid camera with very good picture quality and the kit lens is quite nice as well. However there are a few downsides: Read more ›
The lens is light, but feels substantial. Changing lenses is as easy as pressing a button, popping off one lens, and slipping on the other lens. Read more ›
The reason I chose this over the NEX-7 is more compact…The kit lens is very sharp although not too fast, however it does not deserve the bad reputation it gets on the net. Read more ›
I love my mirrorless camera. It's lightweight, easy to use and I get great photos with it. My only problem is that I have polarized sunglasses, and when I wear them, I… Read more ›
I found this camera very easy to use. The photos look very sharp and nice. Read more ›
The flexibility of a multi-lens system, combined with a light body that fits in your hand and is incredibly easy to use was very attractive. However, what was really a DEAL… Read more ›
Just had a baby and this camera was great to capture our memories. Took amazing pics and easy to use. The lens is a little bulky but hasn't been an issue. Read more ›
I live in Japan and it was delivered in less than a week. Easy to use, lightweight, stylish, and it takes dslr quality pictures. What more do you need or want? Read more ›
Even when working normally, the GF-3's touchscreen was…For anyone sitting on the fence, now's a great time to pull the trigger on this very capable and fun to use camera. Read more ›
I got this with my sony card and it was expensive but worth every dime. It shoots as good as my friends big canon camera and the focus is crispy and sharp. The best part is… Read more ›
Camera body is solid, small and comfortable to hold. Upgraded the firmware to newest version, Auto focus is fast! Using this with Eye-Fi card, battery last about 160-200… Read more ›
this camera is great choice give a DSLR quality in a very small size ... Auto focus is fast and accurate ... also panorama mod is fantastic ... Read more ›
With a quick button push and Sony's well thought out basic controls, I can quickly get to and change the settings I…The touch focusing and focus tracking are wonderful. Read more ›
Image quality is comparable to the D90 and as an every day camera it is perfect. Autofocus is fast and works well for pictures of my kids. Lens selection is very limited at… Read more ›
Video is 1080p 60 frames per second. Auto focus is improved but not very fast. The kit lens 18-55 is not the best but can be usable in most situations. Read more ›
Its been 2 years since I bought it…The video is also amazing, but it's only flaw is that is seems to overheat if the video runs continuously for longer than 4-5 minutes. Read more ›
5) Video camera works great - you may have read that early models of the Sony NEX 5N had defective video cameras, but Sony has fixed this problem. I have been very… Read more ›
- never used a lens hood before but i feel like a pro while doing it - video recording is pretty good, though I haven't had much excuse to use it - autofocus is also well… Read more ›
The lenses are expensive to be sure, the zoom sound is very noticeable during filming (manual zoom with kit lens) and the non-directional mics pic up a lot of wind noise,… Read more ›
i mainly got this for video, and for the size, so i will not review picture quality (its been done…video is amazing, especially coming from a t2i, and using my gf's t4i. Read more ›
Shooting Full HD 1080P: Shooting HD video is as simple as pressing the red button and you are there. I have not experienced the loud sound or rattling that other users have. Read more ›
I like this product because it works very well and cost very little. the screen cover is high quality and I would recommend to anyone with a Nex5 camera. Read more ›
However, the NEX5N just kept taking killer photographs and video, even at ISO 3200. Also, the touch screen is incredible. Even though you can access most menu items through… Read more ›
My Canon batteries charge from empty to full…- The tilting screen is a great thing, but it doesn't flip around (although it does on the NEX F3), so you can't see yourself. Read more ›
The adjustable live view screen works really well. It allows for some creative shooting, without have to guess what the shot might come out like. Read more ›
The rear articulated touch screen is superb. I don't care for cameras where every function is controlled by a touchscreen (e.g., the [[ASIN:B005C95MRA Sony Cyber-shot… 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 image quality of the 5n is amazing. The color saturation is incredible even at high ISOs. And the metering is fairly spot on in most situations. Read more ›
Took this ice climbing (with the fixed 1.8/50mm which I love) and portrait-style/climber in action pictures were excellent. Color representation was literally perfect. I am… Read more ›
Although it can be "touchy" and require a restart when you are…For the most part this delivers a great quality photo with brilliant colors and FAST response time. Read more ›
I upgraded my point and shoot to this Sony and couldn't be more pleased. The camera is very easy to use and picture quality is very sharp with true color. What surprised me… Read more ›
The large Sensor gives off some beautifully clear and vibrant colorful shots. With 16.2 MP the photos should print very nicely considering you use the right type of paper… Read more ›
A…They are used in manual focus mode of course but Sony has included a magical feature - the in-focus points are highlighted in a bright color - which makes this quite easy. Read more ›
I…Join an informal group or a real photography club - you'll have a great time and be much better able to decide which camera, at what price, is the best for your needs. Read more ›
Very good camera and a very good image. I just like to recomand this camera, he is great and a very good price. have a nice day Read more ›
I have shot over 3,000 photos with this camera and in a nutshell, the photos…The newest replacements in the NEX line are much more intuitive but at a huge bump in price. Read more ›
Panorama feature is amazing. Highly recommend this camera even at full price. Even better if you get it for a deal. Read more ›
it is in a good price (with a 18-55 lens), less than $500, and i use it to take a lot of pic ive never had Read more ›
I have waited to buy it for a long time. Finally, I got it at a good price. beautiful body and light weight. Picture shooting effect is good and easy to handle. it's pretty… Read more ›
I was looking for a camera which was small in size but was great in taking pictures. Sony Nex 5N is perfect and if you are looking for a smaller DSLR camera, this is it. Read more ›
The small size was fun - until we put the huge lens on. On the upside, the lens provided more stability as it made a nice handle. Read more ›
What I do is put an index card on the bottom of the flash so that the light bounces to the ceiling and that creates a much better indoor shot; I…The size is perfect for me. Read more ›
Moved from Sony Alpha DSLR. Great camera build, fast photos, size is perfect and video are recorded with a high encoding ratio. Read more ›
Without…We traveled mainly by public transit and by foot so its compact size and light weight in combination the Sony LCS-BBF carrying case made it easy to carry everywhere. Read more ›
This is a great camera for those who wants quality images, exchangeable lenses and more compact size than an SLR camera. Read more ›
The sensor - APS-C sized, digital dx DSLR quality sensor at 16.1 MP,…Performance is great, colors, low light, ISO, WB, dynamic range and picture quality are all solid. A… Read more ›
This little camera takes absolutely incredible…On automatic in low light it jumps quickly to ISO 3200 where its low light performance is the best of any camera I have used. Read more ›
It's sensor is one of the sharpest sensors I've ever seen. It's high-iso performance is very good. Plus the flange distance of the mount is so short you can put pretty much… Read more ›
This is a great camera for the price and the right size/weight for me to carry around. Low light performance is outstanding. Seller shipped the next day. Read more ›
* Decent speed all around (AF, shot-to-shot, and SD write speed) * Great low light performance. I often skip the flash and rely on auto ISO + auto shutter to pick up enough… Read more ›
I lately tested the Lumix LX7 and this point is more apparent than with the sony(very bright saturated on camera's screen…4. fantastic high ISO performance up to ISO 3200. Read more ›
Even video taken in low light can look good. The record button is convenient, but also easy to press accidentally. It would be nice to be able to disable it or reassign it… Read more ›
The interface is intuitive and well designed. I love that I can switch from movie to still by using different buttons (movie button starts and stops movie, and stills are… Read more ›
T…Direct function access buttons and dials missing and is more cumbersome to make adjustments on the fly as compared to a DSLR - but then hey that is why Sony has the NEX 7. Read more ›
The NEX-5N solves all three of these problems by putting a high quality camera into a small and easy to use interface, and thanks to the new NEX 5R model, it can be picked… Read more ›
I was a bit nervous about my NEX purchase and taking it to London b/c it was untested and I really did…Furthermore, it doesn't have all the convenient buttons like my DSLR! Read more ›
Swapping out lenses is really simple, just a button release and a careful twist. Lenses line up with coded dots and click into place with a satisfying sound. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

796 of 852 people found the following review helpful By Hassan B on September 1, 2011
Style Name: With 18-55mm lens
Update : Changed rating to 4 stars instead of 5, Original review remain below, So why i did that? it's because the video capture "audio" quality is awful if you shoot in silent environment (shooting a baby or at home with no noise around) the camera does a lot of UNAVOIDABLE annoying clicking sounds nonstop if you don't use a tripod, every NEX 5N is effected by that, until SONY fix this issue i don't recommend this camera for anyone who plan to take a lot of casual videos with it

Update 2 : Sony finally admitted the flaw of the issue and they offer a fix/upgrade according to them here : [...
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205 of 218 people found the following review helpful By LGO on September 18, 2011
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I am writing this review from the point of view of a (Nikon) dSLR user. My review will consist primarily of reviewing how a dSLR owner would assess the qualities of the Sony NEX-5N, how it fits in and how it can be integrated into an ecosystem where continued ownership of a dSLR is a given. In the process, someone who does not own a dSLR will nonetheless get an understanding as to how the Sony NEX-5N is seen from the perspective of a dSLR owner, and will see its relative strengths and limitations vis-a-vis a dSLR.


The Sony NEX-5N uses a Sony 16mp APS-C sensor that is very similar to the sensor used in the Nikon D7000 and the Pentax K-5, both excellent performing dSLRs. In all respects, my initial testing showed that the sensor in the Sony NEX-5N is almost at parity as my Nikon D7000, e.g., excellent dynamic range at base ISO 100 and excellent S/N performance at ISO 1600, 3200 and even the occasional foray to ISO 6400.


As a long-time dSLR user now used to the size and weight of a dSLR with its fairly large and heavy weight lenses (e.g., Nikon D700+MB-D10 and 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II lens), the NEX-5N's most startling aspect for me was its small size and light weight. Holding the NEX-5N without any battery and lens, the NEX-5N is so light and compact that it is practically like holding a point and shoot camera, only that it comes with a hefty hand-grip that makes it possible to hold the camera more securely and quite comfortably.

Adding on the battery and the pancake 16mm f/2.8 prime lens adds substantially to its weight and heft but not to the extent as to be objectionable as a light carry compact camera.
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96 of 107 people found the following review helpful By mousepotato on October 16, 2011
Style Name: With 18-55mm lens Verified Purchase
After dragging an 18MP dSLR with 18-200 lens to Disneyland and taking only 200 shots. I have realized that for somewhat serious amateurs like me, the dSLR is no longer the answer. I need the quality without the bulk. I need wide angles. I need smart focus, face focus, face exposure because, well, I have a 1 1/2 year old who is moving fast in many different situations. Pointing a fat dSLR lens at him which cannot track him only looks worse at 18MP. I have previously used the Sony Nex 5, which is a totally different camera. The 5N is much more a serious amateur camera with better high ISO, higher Auto ISO, corrects for lens distortion (huge benefit) and no longer automatically underexposes to save the highlights. Serious amateur photographers know that every camera has certain unique aspects about them. This model year camera underexposes a bit, this one overexposes a bit, etc. This only comes by experience using the camera. I have not used the 5N long enough, but I can already tell it is in a just a bit higher league than the 5. But all these new mirrorless camera are better for amateurs because they help us frame the shot. Many people will say that a viewfinder is critical for photography. I am not on that side. I think that during the brief moment from film SLRs to digital SLRs, many photographers were using compact cameras with their screens on the back. Like myself, many people learned to frame a picture better like this. Of course, the older photographers don't like this because their near sight is not good due to age, but by framing a larger view (from a screen on the back), you can still keep 2 eyes on the subjects and enviorns.Read more ›
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