Sony NEX-5N Review


Sony’s NEX-5N Mirrorless Camera was originally released in August 2011. Still available through the used market, the Sony Nex-5N offers good value and flexibility with Sony’s generally excellent E-mount lenses. The stock lens in the Nex-5N is the 18-55MM, but it is often paired with the pancake 16mm or 55-210mm lenses, both available in the used market for under $175. I was impressed with the color accuracy in my shooting with the Nex-5N, and the touchscreen LCD was a nice touch, and added upgrade over the NEX3 or NEX5. It also offers 3 FPS continuous shooting, which is nice, but not great in comparison with the newer Sony A5100’s 6 FPS capability. It is also very lightweight, body weighed in at 8.8 ounces with battery and flash but no lens. As a result if you pair with heavier lenses (like the Sony 18-200MM lens), it can feel a little top heavy. Another thing that I in general don’t like with Sony’s NEX series is that the protective coating on their LCD screens is sub-par, so even regular use, will cause quite a bit of discoloration of the screen. It’s only noticeable when camera is off, but it’s still annoying, and upsetting as other brands mirrorless cameras don’t exhibit this same flaw.

Overall, I would rank this at a 3.5/5. Lots to like with it’s slim form factor, and nice large sensor resulting in very good picture quality for the price.


Actual Tested Camera picture:

Sony Nex-5N Body

Sony Nex-5N Body

Feature Set:

  • Updated BIONZ® image processor
  • Full HD movie shooting 60p/24p
  • Object Tracking AF via Touch LCD
  • 11 Picture Effect modes
  • Regular and 3D Panorama Modes
  • HDR Capability
  • Phase Detect AF for E-mount bodies w/ adapter
  • Extended battery life for up to 430 shots
  • Tiltable 3.0″ Touch LCD with 921K dots
  • Optional XGA OLED viewfinder with 2.395K dots
  • Intelligent Scene Recognition and Face Detection
  • “SteadyShot” Image Stabilization Technology
  • Electronic First Curtain shutter
  • Up to 10 fps continuous shooting at full 16.1 MP resolution
  • World’s shortest release time lag of 0.02 sec
  • Peaking AF display for precise manual focusing
  • 25-point Auto Focus with wide coverage
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) technology
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