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Sony NEX-5N 16.1 MP Compact Interchangeable Lens Touchscreen Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)
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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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|Auto Focus Technology|
|Battery Average Life||460 Photos|
|Continuous Shooting Speed||10 fps|
|Display Fixture Type||Tilting|
|Display Resolution Maximum||920,000|
|Display Size||0.12 inches|
|Effective Still Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Expanded ISO Maximum||25,600|
|Expanded ISO Minimum||100|
|Exposure Control Type|
|External Memory Included||Yes|
|File Format||RAW, RAW+JPEG, JPEG|
|Flash Memory Type||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|
|Flash Sync Speed||1/160_sec|
|Focus Description||Contrast Detection|
|Focus Type||automatic with manual|
|Form Factor||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|HDMI Type||Mini Type C|
|ISO Range||Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600|
|Image Aspect Ratio||3:2, 16:9|
|Item Dimensions||2.32 x 1.5 x 4.37 inches|
|Item Weight||0.59 pounds|
|Lithium Battery Energy Content||7.7 Watt Hours|
|Lithium Battery Voltage||8.4 Volts|
|Lithium Battery Weight||57 ounces|
|Material Type||Metal top/front plate, Polycarbonate|
|Maximum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Maximum Shutter Speed||1/4000 of a second|
|Maximum horizontal resolution||4,912|
|Metering||Multi, Center-weighted, Spot|
|Mfg Warranty Type (i.e. Parts, Labor)||No warranty is included with this item as it is used. No returns or exchanges available.|
|Minimum Shutter Speed||30 seconds|
|Optical Sensor Resolution||16.1 MP|
|Optical Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Photo Sensor Technology||CMOS|
|Remote Control Description||Yes, by optional RMT-DSLR1|
|Sensor Cleaning Method||Charge protection coating on low-pass filter|
|Shipping Weight||2.05 pounds|
|Style Name||With 18-55mm lens|
|Supported Battery Types||Lithium-Ion NPFW50 rechargeable battery & charger|
|Touch Screen Type||Yes|
|Video Capture Format|
|Video Capture Resolution||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Viewfinder Type||Electronic (optional)|
|Water Resistance Level||Not Water Resistant|
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.
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.
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.
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Top Customer Reviews
Now, back to the camera. Every photo is so crisp. About HDR painting mode (found in Menu > Brightness/Color > Picture Effect > Pntg) just in case you can't find it. It took me a few days to figure it out. Oh, and you can change the intensity to low, medium and high as well by first selecting HDR Pntg and clicking "Option" (it appears on the bottom right of the display). Photos using this setting, taken with under the right lighting conditions, produce stunning results.
I usually stay away from Intelligent Auto simply because I like to have more control. Aperture Priority is what I use most of the time. It's perfect for taking portraits with blurred backgrounds.
Battery life is what you would expect. Not the best, but not bad either. I have yet to run out of power before I get the photos I want.
That's about it for now. If I think of anything else, I'll update my review.
If you are on the fence, fall off (on the Sony NEX-5N side) and buy it already. You will NOT be disappointed. What you get for the price can't be matched by any other DSLR. Not to mention most Nikon DSLRs use Sony sensors anyway. Might as well just cut out the middle man.
Hope this helped some of you.
I was hesitant to purchase because of the complaints about clicking during video mode. Fortunately my camera does not have this issue, but I was assured by the Sony rep that they track serial numbers so even if you buy a used camera you can still send it in and get it repaired for free.
I see a lot of people buying big DSLR cameras just because they want better pictures. Unfortunately, I also see a lot of people return these cameras because they're too big/complicated/expensive. 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 up at a really great price.
For people looking for a more sophisticated camera, the full manual settings, interchangeable lenses, and support of third party accessories (like waterproof cases and telescope adapters) provide almost limitless possibilities. I've used my camera to take some great shots of the night sky behind my house, and during the day I've snapped some incredible shots of birds in flight.
The bottom line: You won't feel bad about buying a camera that's too complicated to use, and you won't feel like you're missing out on anything. If you want a camera you can use out of the box, and learn with if you choose to get more into photography then look no further.
Is the NEX 5R worth it? Probably not.
The NEX 5R has wifi built in. This allows it to run some apps, use a remote viewfinder, and wirelessly transfer photos from the camera. While this can be extremely useful for some people, it's new and therefore not fully developed. If I were in the market today, I'd buy the NEX 5N and a spare lens, and wait for a replacement to the NEX 5R and then buy the body only version of that.
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