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Sony NEX-5N review

Comes with touchscreen and two million more pixels

Our Verdict

For

  • Small body yet large APS-C sensor
  • Tilting LCD
  • Clip-on flashgun included
  • Sweep Panorama

Against

  • Unlabelled soft keys
  • Inelegant front-heavy appearance with kit lens
  • More of a consolidation than a leap on from its predecessor

As part of our image quality testing for the Sony NEX-5n, we've shot our resolution chart with the Sony 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 kit lens mounted.

If you view our crops of the resolution chart's central section at 100% (or Actual Pixels) you will see that, for example, at ISO 200 the Sony NEX-5n is capable of resolving up to around 20 (line widths per picture height x100) in its highest quality JPEG files.

Examining images of the chart taken at each sensitivity setting reveals the following resolution scores in line widths per picture height x100:

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 200
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 200

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 100
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 200
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 400
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 800
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 1600
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 3200
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 20 (see full image)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 6400
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 18 (see full image)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 12800
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 12800

ISO 12800, score: 16 (see full image)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 25600
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 25600

ISO 25600, score: 16 (see full image)

Raw images

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 100
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 100

ISO 100, score: 22 (see full images)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 200
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 200

ISO 200, score: 22 (see full images)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 400
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 400

ISO 400, score: 22 (see full images)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 800
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 800

ISO 800, score: 22 (see full images)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 1600
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 1600

ISO 1600, score: 20 (see full images)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 3200
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 3200

ISO 3200, score: 18 (see full images)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 6400
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 6400

ISO 6400, score: 18 (see full images)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 12800
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 12800

ISO 12800, score: 16 (see full images)

Sony nex-5n resolution iso 25600
Sony nex-5n resolution iso 25600

ISO 25600, score: 16 (see full images)

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
TouchscreenYes
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
USBYes
PictBridgeNo
Product Familyalpha NEX
Image StabilizationOptical
ColourBlack
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital Zoom10x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4
Weight (Approximate)210 g
Minimum Focus Distance250 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Maximum Frame Rate60 fps
Number of Batteries Supported1
Battery Built-inNo
Battery RechargeableYes
Battery IncludedYes
Display Screen TypeLCD
Image Sensor TypeCMOS
Total Camera Resolution16.7 Megapixel
HDMIYes
Camera AssemblyBody with Lens Kit
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Height58.8 mm
Width110.8 mm
Depth38.2 mm
Autofocus Points25
Product SeriesNEX
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
Audio FormatsAAC
Flash ModesAuto Flash, Flash ON, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain Sync, Red-eye Reduction, Flash OFF
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-5N
Product Namealpha NEX-5N Mirrorless Camera
Product Linealpha
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEX5NK/B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.sony.co.uk
Marketing Information

It's all the performance of a DSLR in about half the size and half the weight. Get a perfectly pocket-sized 16.1MP interchangeable lens camera made for capturing beautiful stills on the go at up to 10 frames per second. Record in Full HD 1080/60p or 24p video, take astonishing pictures in low-light with the large Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor or get beautiful panoramic shots in 2D or 3D. Put control at your fingertips with the highly responsive, conveniently tiltable 3.0" Live View touch screen LCD.

Battery Life430 Shot
Display Resolution921600 Pixel
Built-in DevicesMicrophone, Speaker