The NEX-5N sits between the NEX-C3 và NEX-7 in Sony’s Alpha series of E-mount cameras & has features aryannations88.common lớn both. Its sensor has similar resolution lớn the NEX-C3’s, and is higher than the NEX-5 it replaces, but it supports the same movie recording formats & resolutions as the NEX-7. The NEX-7’s Picture Effect settings carry over to lớn the NEX-5N but the Creative Style settings are the same as the NEX-C3’s.
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The NEX-5N sits between the NEX-C3 & NEX-7 in Sony’s Alpha series of E-mount cameras & has features aryannations88.common lớn both. Its sensor has similar resolution to lớn the NEX-C3’s, và is higher than the NEX-5 it replaces, but it supports the same movie recording formats & resolutions as the NEX-7. The NEX-7’s Picture Effect settings carry over khổng lồ the NEX-5N but the Creative Style settings are the same as the NEX-C3’s.
Weight-wise, the NEX-5N is the lightest of the three cameras, although its form size reflects its position in the line-up. The user interface resembles the NEX-C3’s but includes a cảm biến screen a bit like the NEX-7’s.
Front view of the NEX-5N with the 18-55mm kit lens & supplied flash-gun attached.
Other features shared with the NEX-7 include the electronic first-curtain shutter setting for minimising shutter lag & in-built correction of lateral chromatic aberration, vignetting và distortion, each of which can be turned on or off. The optional FDA-EV1S electronic viewfinder can be plugged into the Smart Accessory Terminal on the NEX-5N. The table below shows the similarities & differences in the specifications of the three models.
L: 6000 x 4000,M: 4240 x 2832, S: 3008 x 2000
L: 4912 x 3264, M: 3568 x 2368, S: 2448 x 1624
AVCHD / MP4
1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080, 640 x 480
1280 x 720, 640 x 480
Posterisation (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (Red, Yellow, Blue, Green), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature
Posterisation (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Partial Colour (Red, Yellow, Blue, Green)
Standard, Vivid, Neutral, Clear, Deep, Light, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, Night Scene, Autumn Leaves, B/W, Sepia
Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W
Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C. Temp 2500 lớn 9900K, C. Filter (G7 khổng lồ M7 15-step, A7 lớn B7 15-step), Custom, WB fine adjustment
Auto, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C. Temp./Filter (2500- 9900K with 19-step Magenta/Green aryannations88.compensation)
AUTO (ISO 100-1600), ISO 100 to lớn 16000 selectable
AUTO (ISO 100-3200), ISO 100 khổng lồ 25600 selectable
AUTO (ISO 200-1600), ISO 200 to 12800 selectable
+/- 5EV (in 0.3EV steps)
+/- 3EV (in 0.3EV steps)
+/- 2EV (in 0.3EV steps)
Max. 3 fps; 10 fps in speed priority mode
2.5 fps; 5.5 fps in speed priority mode
JPEG Fine: 17, Standard: 18, RAW: 13, RAW+JPEG: 11
JPEG Fine: 10, Standard: 10, RAW: 6, RAW+JPEG: 4
JPEG Fine: 14, Standard: 18, RAW: 6, RAW+JPEG: 6
Built-in, GN 6
External (supplied), GN 7
119.9 x 66.9 x 42.6 mm
110.8 x 58.8 x 38.2 mm
109.6 x 60.0 x 33.0 mm
Approx. 291 grams
Approx. 210 grams
Approx. 225 grams
RRP (body only)
Build & ErgonomicsThe NEX-5N retains the basic thiết kế that has characterised the range since its inception & superficially little has changed in the body toàn thân design since the NEX-5 which we reviewed in June 2010. The illustrations below show the NEX-5N above with the NEX-5 below for aryannations88.comparison.
Top views of the NEX-5N (upper) and NEX-5.
Front views of the NEX-5N (upper) and NEX-5 without lenses.
The rear panels of the NEX-5N (upper) & NEX-5.
The magnesium alloy chassis remains but the grip on the new mã sản phẩm is slightly deeper and has smoother texturing. The button controls are essentially the same as the NEX-5’s with the most noteworthy additions being the touch-screen on the LCD monitor and tư vấn for the LA-EA1 adaptor that enables Sony’s A-mount lenses to lớn be fitted.
The screen is the same size as the NEX-5’s monitor & pulls out & tilts up through approximately 80 degrees & down through about 45 degrees. The cảm ứng functions supplement the thực đơn functions, rather than replacing them but they aren’t as slick as the screens on Panasonic’s latest G-Micro cameras.
The rechargeable battery and memory thẻ share a aryannations88.compartment in the camera’s base under the grip. A metal-lined tripod socket is located on the lens axis in the base plate. USB and HDMI ports sit astride the left hand strap eyelet, covered by lift-up hatches.
Like the NEX 5 (and also the NEX-C3) the NEX-5N aryannations88.comes with a small flashgun that clips into the Smart Accessory Terminal just behind the lens mount. Its GN of 7 (metres at ISO 100) is fairly low but it covers a wide enough angle of view khổng lồ be usable with lenses out khổng lồ 16mm. We covered this flash in our đánh giá of the NEX-3.
The Smart Accessory port can only hold one accessory at a time, forcing you to choose between the flash, one of the optional viewfinders (FDAEV1S or FDASV1) and the stereo microphone (ECMSST1). A mounting bracket (VCT55LH) is available khổng lồ enable you to lớn acaryannations88.commodate one extra accessory.
ControlsLike the NEX-7, the NEX-5N lacks an external mode dial, forcing users to the menu system, which hasn’t changed much since the first model. A lot of button pressing is required to change almost all camera settings, even when using the cảm ứng controls.
When the camera is first switched on, a line of ‘soft keys’ is displayed along the right side of the monitor, with adjacent buttons on the camera body handling the same functions. These soft keys have different roles, depending on other camera settings.
Pressing the đứng top key opens a menu screen with six sub-menus: Shoot Mode, Camera, Image Size, Brightness/Colour, Playback and Setup. The contents of each sub-menu are essentially the same as in the NEX 5, which we reviewed in June 2010.
The NEX-5N’s cảm ứng screen provides an alternative way lớn adjust camera controls. You can select items by touching an icon on the screen and scroll through a sub-menu by sliding your finger up or down the screen. Items hidden in the list can be selected via the arrow pad or by touch. In playback mode, you can scroll though images by either rotating the control wheel or sliding your finger across the screen.
You can assign functions khổng lồ the middle và bottom keys to make it easier lớn access frequently-used settings. The default setting for the bottom key is shooting tips. However, given the aryannations88.complexity of changing settings & some inconsistencies between the keys, we feel most users won’t bother.
Some functions have been carried over from the feature-rich NEX-7, which we reviewed in October 2011. Among them is the electronic first curtain setting, which was introduced in the SLT-A77. Designed to reduce capture lag for live view shooting, it also minimises the effect of vibration from a mechanical shutter. The NEX-5N also provides three levels of high-ISO noise reduction for exposures longer than one second, just lượt thích the NEX-7.
The autofocusing system is similar to lớn the NEX-7’s with 25 selectable sensor points and a flexible point that can be moved within an 11 x 17 point grid. Single-servo & continuous AF modes are available & face detection và object tracking can be switched on and off. The built-in LED AF-assist lamp for focusing in low light levels has a range of up lớn three metres with the 18-55mm kit lens.
DMF (Direct Manual Focus), which provides manual fine-tuning of focus after autofocusing, is supported. In this mode, the camera surrenders the mechanical focus lock while the shutter button is half-pressed. This allows direct manual control of the focus via the focusing ring on the lens. Turning the focusing ring moves the plane of focus backwards or forwards.
The DMF mode includes the peaking display introduced with the NEX-C3 và allows fine adjustments to lớn be made to the focus after autofocusing. In manual focus mode, users can choose one of two magnification levels: 5.9x or 11.7x to fine-tune sharpness.
Touch focusing is supported in AF & DMF modes but focusing isn’t particularly fast with this system. Unfortunately, the NEX-5N lacks the cảm biến shutter provided in Panasonic’s GF3 and GX1 cameras, which is a very desirable feature in a camera of this type.
The DMF mode includes the peaking display introduced with the NEX-C3 và allows fine adjustments to lớn be made khổng lồ the focus after autofocusing. In manual focus mode, users can choose one of two magnification levels: 5.9x or 11.7x lớn fine-tune sharpness.
Corrections for vignetting (corner darkening), lateral chromatic aberration & distortion are provided via the NEX-5N’s menu, although adjustments are only applied to JPEG files and, as far as we can determine, only for Sony’s lenses. The extended range of Picture Effects replicates those in the NEX-7, although they’re only available in the P, A, S & M modes and for JPEG files.
The NEX-5N has the widest ISO range of the three models, enaryannations88.compassing ISO 100 to lớn ISO 25600 with an auto range spanning ISO 100-3200. Multi-shot modes, such as Hand-held Twilight, Anti Motion Blur và the standard & 3D Sweep Panorama settings are the same as in the NEX-7. However, the NEX-5N misses out on the NEX-7’s dual-axis màn chơi gauge display.
Sensor & Image ProcessingThe 23.5 x 15.6 mm EXMOR CMOS sensor in the NEX-5N has similar specifications khổng lồ the sensor in the NEX-C3 and produces the same image sizes. The sensor is coupled to lớn the latest BIONZ image processor, which underpins all camera functions.
As in Sony’s recent DSLRs, the low-pass filter in front of the sensor is coated with a dust-repelling layer và the filter is vibrated each time the camera is turned on or off. These features are vital because the sensor is exposed each time a lens is removed. Like the NEX-7, the NEX-5N uses ultrasonic vibration instead of the electromagnetic vibration used in the NEX-C3.
Despite restricting the sensitivity range of the NEX-C3 khổng lồ between ISO 200 và ISO 12800, Sony has enabled the NEX-5N to support an extended range from ISO 100 to ISO 25600. Like other Sony Alpha cameras, the NEX-5N can record images as JPEG or ARW.RAW files. Two aryannations88.compression levels are provided for the former, while the latter can be captured with or without a large JPEG file.
Raw files are aryannations88.compressed losslessly & the image is fixed at 4912 x 3264 pixels. The format used in the NEX-5N is ARW 2.2, which is the same as in the NEX-C3 but different from the ARW 2.3 format used in the NEX-7.
Two aspect ratios are selectable via the thực đơn system: the normal 3:2 or widescreen 16:9. When raw files are recorded in widescreen mode, the longer sides of the image appear lớn be cropped, although the file form size remains at 4912 x 3264 pixels (3:2 aspect ratio). The cropped areas are shown in black. Typical image sizes for the still capture modes are shown in the table below.
Approx. File size
4912 x 3264
4912 x 3264
4912 x 3264
3568 x 2368
2448 x 1624
4912 x 2760
3568 x 2000
2448 x 1376
Panorama (Standard mode, Horizontal)
8192 x 1856
Panorama (Standard mode, Vertical)
3872 x 2160
Panorama (Wide mode, Horizontal)
12,416 x 1856
Panorama (Wide mode, Vertical)
5536 x 2160
3D Panorama (Standard mode)
4912 x 1080
3D Panorama(Wide mode)
7152 x 1080
Although there’s not much information on shooting movies in either the User Manual or the slightly more aryannations88.comprehensive Handbook, the NEX-5N appears khổng lồ have the same video capabilities as the NEX-7. It supports Full HD (1920 x 1080-pixel) recording with the ability to capture 50 interlaced frames off the sensor for PAL system TV viewing (60 frames for NTSC).
There are also three progressive scanning settings available. Full HD recordings are made using AVCHD Version 2.0 aryannations88.compression, with Dolby Digital (AC-3) audio recording. Two resolutions are provided for shooting movies in MP4 format (with H.264 aryannations88.compression), as shown in the table below.
Recording capacity 8GB card
1920 x 1080
MP4 at 30 fps
1440 x 1080
one hour 20 minutes
640 x 480
4 hours 55 minutes
The NEX-5N uses Variable Bit Rate (VBR) recording technology, which automatically adjusts image unique depending on the scene. Recording times are reduced for fast-moving subjects because more memory is required lớn maintain image sharpness. (The above recording times represent rough averages.)
Movie clips are restricted lớn approximately 29 minutes, with the maximum kích cỡ for an MP4 movie limited to lớn roughly 2GB. As with the NEX-5, shooting đoạn clip clips is only possible with tự động exposure and the camera restricts the range of adjustments you can make.
Like the NEX-7, the NEX-5N allows movies to lớn be recorded in the P, A, S or M shooting modes, providing more control over exposure parameters than the NEX-C3. Tracking AF is available for keeping focus on moving subjects và you can use the touch screen to zoom slowly in và out while recording.
All the Creative Style settings can be applied to movie clips and some Picture Effect modes are available. Manual focusing is also possible but focus-assist magnification isn’t available. However, unlike the NEX-7, there’s no stereo microphone jack.
Playback và SoftwareNothing much has changed since the NEX-5 & details are available in that review. Unfortunately, no software was provided with the review camera so we had to search online to lớn locate the user manual & more detailed handbook for the camera. (There’s not much difference between them, although the Handbook’s illustrations are a bit more ‘polished’.)
By the time we received the reviews camera, Adobe had included support for raw files from this camera in its Camera Raw 6.6 update. It’s available as a free plug-in for the latest versions of Photoshop (CS5) and Photoshop Elements from http://www.adobe.aryannations88.com/downloads/updates/.
The Kit Lens & FlashThe NEX-5N we reviewed was supplied with the E 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 (SEL1855) zoom lens, which we covered in our review of the NEX-5. The lens parameters haven’t changed since that review was published so we will include the results of our Imatest testing in the Performance section below.
Also supplied with the reviews camera (and included in both single- & twin-lens kits) was the HVL-F7S flash. We covered this flash in our review of the NEX-3.
PerformanceSubjective assessments of image files from the reviews camera show them to have natural-looking colours under most types of available lighting. Even traditionally difficult-to-record blues và purples were handled very well, as shown in the sample images below.
Imatest showed saturation lớn be slightly elevated, particularly with warmer hues and more so in JPEGs than raw files. In JPEG files red saturation was boosted the most while raw files had slightly boosted saturation from yellow through lớn magenta.
Exposure metering was more centred than we found with the NEX-7 và accurate in most situations. Few corrections required when the mặc định Multi-pattern mode was used. The D-Range Optimiser was effective in preventing highlight blow-out with moderate backlighting and shadows retained detail with minimal noise.
Autofocusing performance was similar lớn the NEX-C3 và not quite as fast as we found in Panasonic’s G-Micro cameras. However, it was accurate enough to bởi vì the job và focus tracking appeared smooth and consistent. Low-light autofocusing was slightly better than average.
Imatest showed the review camera to be capable of high resolution and both JPEG and ARW.RAW files exceeded expectations with some camera settings. As expected, resolution declined gradually as sensitivity was increased, although image noise only became visible in test shots at ISO 6400 và it was mainly the granularity of luminance noise.
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Short exposures at ISO 12,800 & ISO 25,600 had surprisingly low noise levels. The graph below shows the results of our Imatest tests on JPEG & ARW.RAW files.