Rated 2.9 out of 5 by 13
Rated 4 out of 5 by Adanac For some, a must have
After having extensively used the hybrid optical/electronic EVF of Fujifilm's X100, I can state without doubt that the Sony EVF is miles ahead in terms of performance. Being somewhat far sighted using the LCD along for focus and composition isn't always ideal or even possible, particularly when trying to achieve critical focus and especially so when using manual focus lenses. The Sony EVF makes this much easier on the eyes and improves ones chances of getting the shot.
The EVF might not be for everyone, but for those of us who prefer a viewfinder, it is a welcome addition to the camera. Please Sony make more models with an EVF built in!
November 22, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Poke A Great EVF
I prefer a viewfinder versus lcd screen especially since I need reading glasses now. I heard a lot of bad things regarding EVF's but this particular one is almost as good as the optical view finder in my 850. At least I would not hesitate purchasing Sony's next FF if it had an EVF if this is any indication what it will be like. The image is bright, displays the information found on the LCD screen in the view finder and has very little lag when panning. I love the way you can tilt the view finder up. Great for candid shots since people don't realize you are about to take their photo. I just wish there was one more input so you could use the EVF with the flash. I much prefer to use the EVF than taking a picture using the back LCD and if you do I would not hesitate getting this. I am sorry it is not compatible with the nex 5 or 3 but giving it one or two stars because you are jacked about that doesn't tell us how actually good this EVF is. Also when using the viewfinder it puts the camera in a better position to steady the camera and compose your shot, even for a small camera such as the 5N.
September 19, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Fstop Makes the 5N Perfect!
This viewfinder is so fast that at first you don't realize it is electronic. It is that good. All the information you want is there, easy diopter adjustment and the focus peaking feature that makes it a must when used with legacy manual lenses is there too. I would not have purchased the 5N without this. Now the NEX series has a viewfinder!!
September 7, 2011
Rated 4 out of 5 by CautiouslyOptimistic Excellent addition to NEX 5N
Best EVF I have used to date and am glad to have it as an option. Camera info is displayed outside the image area in two black horizontal bands so there are no distractions to composition. Easy to put on and take off. Changes between back LCD and viewfinder reasonably quickly when you bring it up to your eye.
September 7, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by Gophoto A real help
A must have for viewing in sunlight. Elevates the NEX-5N to near DSLR status. I would not be without it.
December 26, 2011
Rated 3 out of 5 by lahoz6 Nex 5N Electronic Viewfinder
Good resolution with too many problems:
1)Too much contrast. Black and white colors are blocked (artificial-looking).
2)Color tends to magenta making it difficult (or impossible) to manually set balance white.
3)In magnification mode (manual focus) focus piking not work very well and the image is a bit blurred.
Aside from the problems (possible solution with firmware update?) use with manual lenses is a must.
November 5, 2011
Rated 2 out of 5 by wolvrn A bit dissappointed
Purchased camera yesterday told viewfinder was available and after using camera it is needed. However the price for it is around 70% of the price that I paid for the camera
June 25, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Zein Do not punish early adopters
I am a proud Nex-5 early adopter and i do not know why Sony decided to punish the early adopters of wonderful Nex 5 and Nex 3 plus recently Nex C3.
We all waited for the EVF to come with a support to the old models plus the new Nex C3.
Already I am not going to sell my Nex 5 any soon to get Nex 5N but i am ready to pay for $300 to get the EVF just like I am ready to pay for lenses.
I am disappointed and sad
Please do not punish the Nex-5 and Nex 3 early adopters dear Sony as they are the reason for the Nex success and think for some kind EVF compatible to our old models
Loyal Sony customer
September 24, 2011