Rated 3.7 out of 5 by 31
Rated 2 out of 5 by Vince22 Initially very happy, then disappointed
I was very happy with the photo quality, esp. the low noise in higher ISO's. Upon taking my first video with the camera, sharp loud clicking sounds are recorded with the slightest movement of the camera. The noise is from some loose mechanical component in the camera. I panned very gently and it still occurred. There's no point in having 1080p video quality accompanied by corrupted audio. This seems to be a design flaw in the camera as it is a widespread problem; just search the Internet for NEX-5n click. If you hold the camera to your ear and move it, you will hear the click even with the camera powered off. The microphone is picking up this mechanical ly generated sound. This defect has ruined and otherwise excellent camera. Sony has acknowledged this fault but has not revealed the cause as of yet. I don't see how it could be properly fixed by a firmware upgrade. It could be reduced by a firmware upgrade by reducing the audio recording gain, agc, etc, but this would cause side effects with the rest of the audio. Sony should recall these cameras and halt sales of the Nex-5n until this issue is rectified. If not for this problem the camera deserves 5 stars.
September 21, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by zeniu17 Video color flicker issue
In general a very nice camera for the right price, but has some issues. In addition to the well known clicking in video mode (which I didn't find to be a huge issue under normal circumstances) I found another more pressing problem in video mode. When you record a low lit scene like for example indoors tungsten lit room, especially areas that have some shadows visible you will find that the video (1080 60p AVCHD in this case) will flicker between bluish and yellowish tint just by having the camera stationary pointed at a particular direction or object. Confirmed this on two different NEX-5N's bought at two different vendors, but the common factor was the serial number, in this case 11862754, and the other one was 1186272... - effectively those two cameras were so close in serial number and happened to share the same problem - what looks like a possible cmos or related circuitry issue. If you're going to buy one of these cameras I recommend checking the serial number on the box and staying away from these affected serial numbers. I have several video clips showing this problem.
December 12, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Mikey790 This is it! The one I was looking for!
I have been playing with this camera for a little while,
now I am sure it is the best package I have ever had.
This gem has everything and a small body.
I take everyday pics to share with friends, and this camera
covered every condition, all faces look better than ever.
Almost professional photos, but not quite. (then again I am not a pro) - Because the thing about this camera is it let's me shoot anyone anywhere at anytime! The new nex is a camera for any situation!
Sony has finally done it!
February 21, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 Great Purchase!
I've had many DSLR's before, but wanted something more compact and light without compromising image quality. I decided to take the plunge and try out the NEX-5N since I saw great ISO results. I have done a couple of tests and am quite satisfied with the purchase. Now my wife can take great pics with this too without being confused as she is with my DSLR's.
August 31, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
by FotoJunkie Excelent equipment
I first owned the NEX 3 and just bought the nex5n and i love the new features. For the size of the camera it shoots real well. Accessories are a bit pricey and the down side is every thing is an attachment (flash, view finder, microphone, ect) but for what it lacks in all in one it makes up for in size in quality.
March 6, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by Techcodex No Flash Necessary
This is a great camera with a nice sturdy magnesium alloy body and aluminum barreled lens. It is currently the smallest and lightest DSLR on the market. The adjustable display comes in handy for those low or high angled shots.The major draw here is the amazing low light performance. I have yet to use the flash accessory. If you would like to read a full user review, check out techcodex.
March 13, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by Lightchaser Great Low Light Performer
I was skeptical about buying a mirror-less camera that does not have an optical viewfinder after being "spoiled" by the focus speed and IQ of DSLR. NEX-5N has exceeded my expectations esp. in low light situations. With features such as hand-held twilight, adjustable HDR and high ISO capability, you'll probably never need the flash unit. The panorama mode is great for all around use. It also has Industry leading 1080/60P auto focus video.
March 10, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5
by turboboost17 Excellent performance, takes some getting used to
*All in all a great camera that isn't quite as good or as large as an SLR, but far better picture and a little larger than a point and shoot.
*We wanted a camera to capture better pictures of our 1 year old and since both our old point and shoot cameras died just before our vacation to MV, now's the time for an upgrade.
*The camera is great, but here are some things to be aware of, the slightest accidental touch to the screen will start the tracking focus mode and it takes a second to get out of and another second for the pop-up telling you as that to stop blocking the center of the screen.
*Sadly there aren't many options in point-and-shoot mode, like leaving the flash on all the time (fill flash), or being able to take bracketed shots to post process into an HDR on your computer later.
*And about the auto HDR, for some reason it's also only available in the more manual modes, even if you wanted o post-process your own HDR photo on your computer the bracketing mode is also only available in a manual mode. There also aren't any options for bracketing like number of shots of the EV spacing, 3 shots 0.3EV apart, that's it.
*I wasn't sure how the detachible flash would work out, but luckily it's not bad, the flash case attaches to the shoulder strap and you can pretty much anticipate when you need it. The flash and flash cover are plastic, but feel pretty solid. Besides the alternatives in the mirror-less SLR class of camera with a built-in flash are $900-$1400.
*Hopefully some of this can be addressed with firm-ware upgrades, because at $699 I would think the product has some longevity.
September 6, 2011