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5.0 out of 5 stars Beat most DSLRs in Speed, IQ and Beat almost all DSLRs in HIgh ISO/Low light Performance in a Tiny Package, October 18, 2011
This review is from: Sony NEX-5N 16.1 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Touchscreen Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black) (Camera)
I have been a Canon and Nikon DSLR owner for a long time. I have owned Canon 40D, Canon 5D Mark ii, Canon T2i and so on... I always though for best image quality/high ISO performance, these Canon/Nikon DSLRs are the only way to go. After seeing the excellent reviews of NEX-5N, I bought one with 18-55mm lens. I was shocked to see that bested my Canon T2i in over all IQ in different lightings) and beats the Canon T2i in high ISO/low light performance by a wide margin. It even beats my canon 5D mark ii in high ISO/low light. Dpreview.com's compare engine also confirmed this.

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" during video session.

As for the "clicking" video recording noise, Sony fixed my in ONE day and sent it back with Express and I received in 2 days. Problems fixed. The new bathes of the NEX-5N should have this issue resolved. THIS IS A NON-ISSUE going forward.

Overall, this is the only $700 compact camera that can beat much more expensive DSLRs in speed and IQ and high ISO/low light performance, as well as the overall video quality and performance especially the super silent focus tracking capability during video recording, which almost none of any much more expensive DSLRs can offer).

Way to go, Sony.
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Initial post: Oct 26, 2011 11:47:18 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 27, 2011 10:47:00 PM PDT
This new sensor in the 5N receives great review. I'm really considering this 5N as a small back up beside my SLR. still my 2 concerns:
1. AF performance: the following is from dpreview.com
The NEX-5N relies on contrast detection to determine focus. In general this method is not as fast as the phase-detection systems found in DSLR cameras but in recent years the gap has closed dramatically. Unlike phase detection, contrast detection focussing systems must 'hunt' back and forth to establish maximum contrast, which denotes accurate focus. In low-contrast, low light scenes, this hunting takes longer, and as such, shooting with the 5N in this sort of environment can be time consuming and in some cases AF is simply not possible.
2. the lack of high quality E mount lenses to go with this great sensor: the 16mm f2.8 prime is not that great from what I've read, and $1000 carl Zeiss 24 mm prime is kind of bulky. I wish they have a quality pancake prime like the panasonic 17mm prime. I guess you can use A to E mount adapter to use A mount lenses but it would make a portable camera not compact anymore. But for people just shooting with kit lens and not considering lens upgrade, this camera is definitely a steal at $700 with APS-C sensor quality and easily outperforms the smaller micro4/3 format which costs as much.
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