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
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: We love the feel of this compact/dSLR crossover. The quality of its images is impressive, too, with vibrant colours, sharp detail and balanced exposures. If you can't decide whether to buy a pocket snapper or a semi-pro camera, check out the £660 Sony Alpha NEX-5N.
Pros: Compact body; Great image colours and clarity; Articulated screen; Build quality; Battery stamina.
Cons: Menus would benefit from finer subdivisions; No built-in flash.
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.
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.
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.
Test Sony NEX-5N : le meilleur hybride du moment ?
12 January 2012
Summary: Un an et quatre mois après notre test du tout premier NEX-5 de Sony, le NEX-5N, son successeur, arrive enfin à la rédaction. L'appareil a évolué, le marché aussi : la concurrence s'est étoffée, avec entre autres une gamme toujours plus conséquente chez Panasonic et un nouvel entrant, Nikon.