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.
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.
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.
Summary: Whereas many Sony products may carry a premium price tag, the NEX-5N, as per the original NEX-5 , commands a sub-£600 price tag. That does make it a shade more expensive than much of the competition though, some £40 more than the Nikon J1 and around £100 more than both the Olympus E-PL3 and...
Pros: Great image quality, improved function button customisation
Cons: Occasional mis-focusing, slow start up, poorly placed movie button, unfriendly menu system, larger lenses than most CSC competitors
Excerpt: I first saw this early last autumn at the impressive restaurant at OXO tower. I took some great images from their outside balcony over the Thames and have been impatiently waiting to get my hands on one to give it a thorough review.
Excerpt: Much like Nikon, Pentax and Samsung, Sony has developed its own unique lens mount for its CSC system, known as the E-mount, and is supported by a total of seven lenses, covering focal lengths from 24mm through to 315mm in film-equivalent terms.
Excerpt: The Sony NEX-5 was our favourite camera of 2010. Its image quality was a true match for an SLR's, and its slim, stylish design, superb videos and innovative shooting modes added up to an outstanding package.
Excerpt: - it gives the camera a new touch screen giving easier control of options, as well as an updated 16.1 megapixel sensor, and the ability to add an electronic viewfinder. The electronic viewfinder is rather unique in that is features an OLED screen with 2.359million dots!
Pros: Touch screen improves ease of use / control, Electronic viewfinder now available, Extended ISO range, and low noise, Great colour in photos, Full HD video recording, Improved battery life, 10fps continuous shooting
Cons: New lenses are quite large, Non standard flash mount, Alpha lens adapter can make the camera quite bulky
Summary: While the original NEX-5 and NEX-3 models left us a little cold, the new NEX-5N is an excellent all-round compact system camera (CSC) that successfully appeals to beginners and more experience users alike.