Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 39
Rated 4 out of 5
by MaarTech This camera is fun!
So far, I’ve found the 5N to be easy and fun to use. I like the combination of beginner features with full manual power, especially in such a tiny package. It fires up fast, takes great pictures in low light, includes a terrific selection of in-camera creative effects and is nearly the ideal video camera.
At this price, both camera and lens are surprisingly well-made, solid components with metal construction and clean, modern detailing (except for the old school power switch). The touch screen makes the complex menu system simpler, although not less confusing. I’m still not used to where all the features are, especially as they change from mode to mode.
Shooting with this camera is a pleasure. I’m especially enjoying the panoramas, HDR photos and all the creative effects. Sweep panorama mode takes pictures up to 12,416x1856 pixels – more than 180 degrees with the kit lens fully zoomed out – with just a click and pan.
HDR exposure mode takes three quick snaps and combines them to extract a photo with the maximum dynamic range, which is nice, but a second “creative”HDR painting mode makes the exaggerated colour and edging seen in those dramatically-processed HDR images. There’s a bunch more creative settings, like the really cool mode that takes photos that look like miniatures, although that works best looking down from a higher vantage point.
Results in a couple of challenging lighting situations, shooting stills in a dark club and video in an auditorium, were better than I expected. I shot both scenes with the accessory 50mm f1.8 lens, which gave me more low light capability than the kit lens. There was little visual noise in stills I took in the club. In the auditorium the automatic mode did what most cameras and camcorders can’t do – auto-expose for a performer in the spotlight. Auto-focus also worked better than expected in both situations. I did find that in very dark situations – taking pictures of food in restaurants - the auto white balance was less accurate.
The articulated LCD screen is useful - particularly for tilting the screen in bright sunlight, but also for over crowd shots and puppy eye level. Touching the on-screen background de-focus slider to get exactly the effect I want for closeups of flowers, let me get the amount of defocus I wanted without fiddling with manual control. Like the other on-screen sliders for brightness and colour, the screen previews exactly the effect you’re getting. Touch focus to follow someone onscreen is also good, but not perfect.
Fiddling with aperture and shutter speed in manual mode is simple too, although I’m finding the numerical light meter very small on the screen. Setting the ISO manually means a trip to the menus, though I’ve now mastered that. For a camera that includes the ability to save in RAW mode, there are a surprising number of modes or settings that can’t. This is a particular shortcoming when shooting creative effects – I’d much prefer both the effects version as a JPEG and the unaltered original exposure as RAW. I’ve seen other cameras that do this, so not certain why this was left out. I was also surprised that I couldn’t take pictures while shooting video, again a feature I’ve seen elsewhere.
The camera snaps fast, although the ten frames per second claim is slightly exaggerated. Even with a 10x SD card, speed dropped to 1-2 frames per second after the first ten.
Pictures, both RAW and JPEG as well as video look great: detailed and clear – exactly what I expected from a camera with a large sensor. The 5N is really meeting both of my needs – to be a high quality point and shoot as well as an SLR substitute. I can’t keep my hands off it.
October 26, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by Smansmith Upgraded to the NEX-5N, happy overall.
Had this camera for a couple weeks and it takes fantastic photos - so that is what a camera is for, right? Looking for great pictures, then this is a great camera. The low light performance being above average is a big bonus for a newbie like me. Plus, I think it looks sweet to - almost a conversation piece at times.
Nice video as well (I don't necessarily notice the clicking, but it might be there just a little bit, but I am unsure if it is in my head and not just the sound of my hand/fingers moving around on the camera, etc.). The "clicking" on my camera is not like the fear mongers mention thank god. 1080p/60p is such a treat as well.
Yes, the menu tree is deep and you have to remember what can be changed with what setting or you simply get the 'you can't do that' message. I also like the touch screen addition - it definitely adds more than it would detract in my opinion.
Some of the picture filter settings are really just for fun and not really for actual photography, but the 'toy camera' and 'hi contrast B&W' are nice to have.
Also, it is 'UP TO" 10fps, so don't expect this as the norm for you speed demons. It is fast, but that claim makes it sound faster than it is in actual use.
I would recommend the camera overall and if you are upgrading from a P&S, you will be blown away with the quality of images you will get. Didn't rate "Reliability" as this camera is way too new at the moment, but it seems to be built pretty solid.
December 1, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by PDArnold Great Camera
I love this camera! I own 2 Nikon's - a D-SLR and a compact and I bought this camera to fill the gap and also have HD movie recording. I've had it just over a month now and haven't used either of my other camera's at all. The quality is superb in both photo and video modes (no clicking), the menu navigation is very intuitive when you get used to it, and the size makes it so easy to have it with you whenever you may need it.
I would recommend this camera to anybody, whether you're an SLR user who wants movie and/or something smaller, or a compact user wanting to get more from your camera - this is a great choice.
December 20, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
by pintobeanss89 Im no pro..
Im no professional, but this thing makes me feel like one. Sometimes i can't even believe the shots i get with this camera. I've reviewed many cameras before making this purchase and i couldn't be happier. The quality of the images is truly amazing. I bought this camera the day before I left for niagra falls with no time to mess around with the settings or anything like that. I got some really amazing shots just from the intelligent auto setting. When i started to change the settings I got to see the true power of this little beast! I never write reviews, but i love this camera so much that I had to share it with everyone!
June 28, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5
by Tigershark NEX-5N/BK
The more pictures I take, the more tricks and features I learn about. DIg into this camera, don't take it for face value alone. Thought the digital zoom was useless, because of what I saw on the image preview screen, but the camera processes that image and cleans it up. Very sharp final picture even at 10x digital zoom(see attached 10x bathing robin). The spot size for auto focus is too big (should be a user programmable size). I shoot songbirds and the spot focus includes the background around the bird in calculating focus. This happens at all focal lengths, including 210mm. It's extremely difficult to get sharp images of the birds. Also, digital zoom auto focus does not provide spot focusing. Limited choices for custom buttons. Should be able to set default zoom size for manual focus assist. I always end up turning focus ring on lens, then pushing assist button for higher zoom, all while holding shutter button halfway down. If preferred assist zoom size was programmed, all I would need to do is focus and shoot. On the plus side, image quality in low light using high ISO settings is unreal. No other camera on the market can come close. Still clear at 25600 (note attached photo of Hydrangea). The tiny flash that came with the camera works fantastic. I shot an image of our living room at night in the dark. The exposure was perfect and evenly distributed from corner to corner. The low light capability of this camera will eliminate the need for flash in most cases. Build quality of camera body and both 18-55mm and 55-210mm e-mount lenses is superb. None of that plastic junk typical of other brands. Image stabilization eliminates the need for tripod. Handheld images are never blurred. Excellent product. There is no perfect camera, but this is a lot better than most on the market and by far the best mirror less interchangeable lens camera, hands down.
April 23, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5
by socal323 Great buy, great camera
I'm very impressed with the image quality of the camera. The primary reason for purchasing this camera was that I was not carrying a camera with me anymore. I owned a Olympus E-1 and just didn't care to lug it around every where I went. Too heavy and bulky for the type of photography I did. When I researched all the competing cameras, this one seemed to fit the bill better than any of the others. I'ts light, compact(compared to my E-1), the price was right and the control panel is easy to navigate... once you get accustomed to it. All in all, a great buy.
December 22, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
by Denooon Absolutely amazing camera!!
Absolutely love this camera! High end device. Alien hardware. No clicking sound ( got it November 4th from the Sony store) Highly recommended!!! Look at the pictures!
December 9, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5
by Weeees5 Best Camera Ever Owned!!!!
I bought this camera not expecting it for 3 months but the date got moved up...and moved up again...and again. I ended up getting my camera 7 days after I ordered it and it only took 2 days to ship! I got the white which looks far better than the pictures here. My most favorite part of the camera is the night shots because I don't get the little dots in the picture anymore! They turn out amazing! The menu I thought was hard at first but after getting used to it, it is very helpful. It has interactive menus that tell you what each feature does and you get to see the results before you even take the picture. I do reccomend getting the accidental coverage because $700 is pretty expensive if you drop it.
January 21, 2012