I had a chance to test the Sony NEX-5N, along with its kit eighteen-55mm f/3.5-five.6 OSS lens while reviewing the Nikon 1 camera system. My initial intent was to but use this camera for lab tests, to run across how information technology would fare against the new Nikon mirrorless cameras. Simply subsequently just a day of pleasant shooting with the NEX-5N, I realized that I wanted to take information technology for a existent spin and do a total review instead. In this Sony NEX-5N review, I volition talk about my experience with the camera and provide some feedback on its features and capabilities, along with comparisons to Nikon 1 V1 and Olympus E-PL3 cameras.
The NEX-5N is Sony’southward 4th mirrorless camera, which replaced the Sony NEX-v that was released back in 2010. While the added letter of the alphabet “N” might make it sound similar a slight update, the similarities between the cameras are just in external appearance – the guts of the photographic camera, as well as some of the functionality, went through major changes. From a college resolution superb 16.ane MP sensor to touchscreen LCD and fast ten frames per second shooting charge per unit, the Sony NEX-5N is a whole different animal.
The Sony NEX-5N kit, along with other mirrorless cameras used in this review were kindly provided past B&H – the largest photo reseller in the world that I personally use to buy my photography gear.
Sony NEX-5N Specifications
- Sensor: sixteen.1 MP Exmor™ APS Hd CMOS image sensor
- Processor: Updated BIONZ® epitome processor
- Video: Full Hard disk moving picture shooting 60p/24p
- Object Tracking AF: via Touch LCD
- Extra: 11 Picture Effect modes, Regular and 3D Panorama Modes, HDR
- AF: Phase Detect AF for E-mount bodies west/ adapter
- Battery Life: Up to 430 shots
- LCD: Tiltable 3.0″ Touch LCD with 921K dots
- EVF: Optional XGA OLED viewfinder with 2.395K dots
- Confront Detection: Intelligent Scene Recognition and Face up Detection
- Image Stabilization: “SteadyShot” Paradigm Stabilization Technology
- Continuous Shooting Speed: Up to 10 FPS at full 16.ane MP resolution
- Focus Peaking: Peaking AF display for precise transmission focusing
- AF Points: 25-point Auto Focus with broad coverage
Detailed technical specifications for the Sony NEX-5N are bachelor at Sony.com.
Sony 16.i MP Exmor Sensor
One of the almost important attributes in a digital camera is its sensor – the center of the photographic camera that is responsible for capturing images. The Sony NEX-5N features the excellent APS-C sized 16.1 MP Exmor sensor, which in my opinion, has a great residual of resolution and noise (the same sensor is also used on the lower-terminate Sony NEX-C3 mirrorless camera). While the latest generation high-resolution sensors on Sony A77, A65 and NEX-7 cameras accept their advantages, as I have explained in my “benefits of a high resolution sensor” article, sometimes less can be more. For the type of the camera the NEX-5N is, which is positioned as a mid-level mirrorless camera past Sony, 16.one megapixels is more than than plenty for most photographers that will be looking into ownership it.
The biggest advantage of the Sony NEX-series mirrorless cameras compared to other mirrorless cameras on the market such every bit Micro iv/iii and Nikon 1, is the physical size of the sensor. The 23.five×15.6mm APS-C sensor is currently amongst the largest sensors used in mirrorless cameras, with the exception of the expensive Leica M9 rangefinder camera that has a full-frame sensor. Big sensor size means larger pixel size, which translates to amend low-light (high ISO) functioning and improve dynamic range. Sony picked the same 1.5x crop factor APS-C sensor size that is used in their “SLT” camera line, which is bigger than Canon’s APS-C sensors with a ane.6x crop factor and almost the same as Nikon’s DX sensors. Here is a nautical chart that summarizes sensor size differences (courtesy of Wikipedia):
Another large reward of a larger sensor is smaller depth of field, which translates to better opportunities to isolate subjects from the groundwork – an important factor for many photograph enthusiasts and pros out there. Coupled with fast prime lenses like the Sony 50mm f/1.eight OSS, one could capture creative photographs with cute bokeh – something that is hard to achieve on small sensor cameras.
From small sensor to large – Nikon ane V1 vs Olympus East-PL3 vs Sony NEX-5N:
At the aforementioned time, a larger sensor requires a bigger epitome circle from lenses, which negatively impacts the size requirements of both lenses and the lens mount (read more on this beneath).