Conclusion: The Toma half-case and matching wrist strap for the NEX-5n are definitely worth considering for your Sony MILC. Both add a bit of protection and style at a relatively moderate price. If you do not want to shell out several times the money for Gariz accessories, the Toma equivalents are a good value while fulfilling the same look and function.
Pros: - Good materials and craftsmanship, - Form fitted for the NEX-5n, - Allows access to all camera functions, - Adds better grip-ability, - Does not add too much weight or bulk, - Relatively inexpensive
Cons: - Have to remove the case to access/recharge the battery/SD card
Excerpt: Throughout 2011 I pondered whether or not I should upgrade from my Nikon d90 dSLR behemoth to a MILC with better camera-tech stuffed into a much smaller, lighter form factor. The main reason I wanted to upgrade was portability. Due to its weight and size, I never took my d90 anywhere. For my trip to Vegas (Lexus GS Event) , I finally did the deed and purchased the Sony nex-5n . So far it has taken great pictures and incredible videos, I have zero buyers regret.
Pros: - Excellent materials and craftsmanship, - Well finished/designed, - Form fitted for the nex-5n, - Allows access to all camera functions, - Adds better grip-ability, - Does not add too much weight or bulk
Cons: - Website difficult to order from, - Have to remove the case to access/recharge the battery
Excerpt: The Sony Alpha NEX-5N (from $599) is a midrange mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The 5N sits in-between the entry-level NEX-C3 and almost over-the-top NEX-7 . It's also the replacement to the NEX-5, a camera I had very mixed feelings about , though firmware upgrades addressed some of the issues I raised.
Conclusion: While the basic idea behind this is sound, we reckon Sony’s gone a bit too far: the lack of a mode dial is the biggest pain in the posterior, as it now takes a few seconds to flip between, say, Sweep Panorama and Aperture Priority modes – on cameras with a physical mode dial you can do this almost instantly. The menu system is simple enough, so after a bedding-in period you’ll probably forgive Sony its trespasses against buttons.
Conclusion: The Sony Alpha NEX-5N delivers a lot of performance from its compact body, packing a sensor as large as those found in most digital SLRs and recording video in full 1080p HD. But it doesn't quite edge out its little brother, the NEX-C3, our Editors' Choice.
Pros: Large APS-C sensor. Includes removable flash. Touch screen interface with customizable control buttons. 1080p video recording. Optional eye-level OLED viewfinder available.
Cons: Can't beat the NEX-C3 in low-light performance. Slightly larger than NEX-C3. Kit lens is larger than Micro Four Thirds equivalent.
Conclusion: superbly sharp and fully colour saturated.
Pros: you want to enter the interchangeable lens world at a reasonable price. : attaching the lens make the combo a largish proposition. I was also a little startled to see the PDF manual erroneously claim the CMOS sensor carried 14.2 megapixels, when it actually has a 16.1 million pixel population. Makes a reviewer’s life tough!
Summary: The Sony Alpha NEX-5N is the middle of three new NEX models introduced by Sony in August 2011. As such it offers new features which will make it an attractive proposition both to photo enthusiasts and those looking to move up from a compact.
The most noteworthy improvements over the original NEX-5 are a higher resolution 16.1 Megapixel sensor, a touch screen, faster 10fps continuous shooting and 1080p50/60 HD video.
Pros: Superb high ISO performance., 10fps burst mode., 1080p60/50 movie mode., PASM modes for movie shooting., 920k pixel touch-sensitive flip screen.
Cons: Single-use accessory port., No touch-shutter., Poor menu layout and organisation., Inconsistent controls when customised.
Conclusion: Bottom line: this is a dazzling camera. We are at the point where we could only wish for a full-frame sensor to compete with a Canon 5D, and a 1/8" mic jack to allow us to record professional sound for video production. Okay, give me timelapse capability as well. For everything else, the future has arrived, and it is cause for celebration. This is the camera I've been waiting for...