Compact Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera
Brings back old times
Now, here is a camera body that gives you everything you can wish for: manual, intelligent auto, special scenes, shutter or aperture priority, low light handheld...the list goes on and on. Color fidelity, rich black and white fotography, no shutter lag, 10 fps shot speed, optional first class view finder. And all of this in a small body that one can pocket if one wishes to do so. The sensor is sensational with an optimum number of pixels for its 4/3 size. I bought several lenses and am happy with everything I have purchased as they all play nicely together including a manual Leica lens. My favorite general purpose lens is the 18-55 mm (3.5-5.6) zoom lens and the featured images were taken with this lens. The NEX 5N makes me feel like having finally found a digital body/camera that can handle situations like my good old fashioned analog cameras albeit only after one puts a bit of time into studying the versatile but complex interface. Once one masters the 5N, the creative possibilities are sheer boundless.
August 4, 2012
This little Guy is a MACHINE!!
If you're like me, you'd tend to look around for images and video reviews on something before buying it, so... here is my Flickr link:
*EVERYTHING in the Photostream was taken with the SONY NEX-5N and Carl Zeiss, 24mm f/1.8 Wide-Angle Prime Lens.
:) Hope this helps!
March 2, 2012
Outstanding stills - Video needs some work
Basically I rate this 5 stars for stills, including low-light and 3 stars for video in low light. The auto-ISO works great and makes possible some scenes that would be difficult to impossible with other rigs. I recommend turning OFF AF in low-light, particularly for video, as the incessant focus hunting ruins the video and overheats the camera, causing it to shut down with exended shoots. If you use MF, it gets bumped up to a 4. I still don't like the fact that you have to zoom manually and that audio, even with the external mic attachment, sometimes distorts at higher sound levels. Otherwise it is a great video camera as well. Three stars for video for now.
February 1, 2012
I am a Canon shooter for the past 7 years or so. I've been using the Canon 5D, 5D MKII and 1D MKIV for my work and sometimes for leisure. I was so skeptic about the NEX series on how it will revolutionized the DSLR market when it came out. A Sony!?!?! Well, after like a year or so, I've been hearing great things and read positive reviews about it but with my prideful self, I am still doubting all the positive claims. Christmas came and my wife surprised my with the NEX-5n and the 16mm f/2.8...in all honesty, I wasn't happy...until I started playing with it :). First thing I did was to test at low light/high ISO levels and I was floored on how well controlled the noise level were and the quality images were WOW! This little thing intimidates my Canon 1D MKIV in low light performance. The other special features were awesome as well. For video, it's fantastic! Finally, my neck and shoulders will get a break from carrying heavy DSLRs. As I write this review, I have not touched my Canons. I love this thing!!! Thanks Sony for making my life a whole lot easier.
January 23, 2012