Nikon SB-N5 Speedlight for Mirrrorless System - Refurbished By Nikon U.S.A.

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About Nikon SBN5

When you need more light, or are looking to add a creative touch to illumination, use the new Nikon 1 Speedlight. Plug this compact i-TTL compatible flash unit into the camera's multi-accessory hot shoe. Angle the flash up, down, left or right and bounce light to precise advantage. The flash can double as a continuous light source illuminating for six seconds during both Motion Snapshot and Smart Photo Selector modes. Extra batteries not required-the camera powers the SB-N5 Speedlight.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (11),Easy to use (9)
Best Uses:
Travel (5),Everyday (4),Home (4),Portraits (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (6)

Nikon SBN5 Features

  • Plug into hot shoe and go: Plug this compact i-TTL compatible flash unit into the camera's multi-accessory hot shoe and go!
  • More expression through creative flash options: Play it up! Experiment and invent novel looks using the new Nikon 1 SB-N5 Speedlight and bend the light just as you like. With ease, swivel the Speedlight up, down, left or right and bounce light where and how you desire
  • Continuous light source option for long exposure needs: If you're working in less than adequate light while creating a Motion Snapshot, attach the Speedlight and keep everything exposed properly. The SB-N5 Speedlight steps up to serve as a continuous light source for up to six seconds

Nikon SBN5 Specifications

Electronic Construction
Automatic Insulated Gate Bipolar Transistor (IGBT) and series circuitry
Guide Number
8.5m/27.9ft. (at ISO 100, 20deg.C/68deg.F) to 12m/39.4ft. (at ISO 200, 20deg.C/68deg.F)
Flash Exposure Control
Options available using camera controls: Flash mode: Fill flash (Front-curtain sync)
Front-curtain Slow-sync
Rear-curtain sync
Rear-curtain Slow-sync
Flash compensation
Effective flash range (i-TTL)
2 to 66 ft (0.6 to 20m) (varies with ISO sensitivity, bounce angle and aperture)
Bounce Function (Rotate)
Vertical: Flash can be rotated up 90deg. from horizontal with stops where the flash is pointing directly ahead and at 60deg., 5deg. and 90deg.
Horizontal: 180deg. right to 180deg. left, with stops where the flash is pointing directly ahead and at 30deg., 60deg., 75deg., 90deg., 120deg., 150deg. and 180deg.
Flash Duration
1/4000 sec. when fired at full power
Power ON/OFF
Turn the flash on and off using the ON/OFF switch
Flash-ready Indicator
Lights up: recycled and ready to fire.
Warning indicator: Blinks (see the camera Reference Manual for more information)
Capture illuminator
When flash is used with compatible cameras, lights for about six seconds during buffering in Smart Photo Selector and Motion Snapshot modes
Capture-illuminator status indicator
Supported Flash Modes
Manual flash
Thermal cut-out
Firmware update
Dimensions (W x H x D)
2.0 x 2.8 x 1.6 inches / 50 x 70.5 x 40.5 mm
(Approx.) 2.5 oz. (70g)

Nikon SBN5 Reviews

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Reviewed by 13 customers

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Small But Powerful Speedlight


from San Diego, California

The Nikon 1 SB-N5 Speedlight is an excellent accessory for the Nikon 1 camera body line. It draws its power from the camera body, thus reducing its size. The flash head is directional and offers many lighting solutions for every image. As an outdoor fill flash, it is superb. See the image below that was taken in complete shade.


cannot review do not fit camera


from Geronimo ok  -  Semi-pro Photographer

could not product


Nikon 1 Flash


from Utah  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Nice small flash to complement the VI camera. Great for fill-flash but only OK as a main flash, as it isn't the most powerful unit out there.


Convenient and always ready to go


from Pensylvania  -  Photo Enthusiast

Of course I would prefer that the Nikon V1 (& V2) had a standard hot-shoe but this little thing is great. I love that it has no batteries of its own and is always ready to go when the camera is if I need it. In addition to being just powerful enough for most of my needs, with its 2-axis swivel head I can use it to trigger my studio lights without lighting the scene if I don't feel like setting up the DSLR. I know the newer SB-N7 is more powerful with it's own batteries but its head only swivels on 1-axis so this little thing works perfectly for me.


Recommend this product


from Fl  -  Casual Photographer

Very compact, just right for the V1 plus very useful adjustable flash unit.


Excellent little flash


from Yorba Linda, CA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I purchase this for those odd times that I need a flash. Its nice that I don't have to worry about a battery. Not used all that often.


Excellent for flash photography


from Arlington VA  -  Semi-Professional

Very flexible. Very compact. Can be bounced in both horizontal and vertical camera positions. In photography - lighting is everything!


Excellent Flash!


from Decatur, AL  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I bought this flash to make our recently purchased V1 more versatile. We've only had it a couple weeks, but it seems to be working great and adds just the right touch for indoor photos at home. Bounced off the ceiling, the images come out looking much better than with a traditional point and shoot flash. The main reason we got it was because my wife and daughter are going on a field trip to Hawaii with the middle school during spring break and I wanted them to make sure they had a flash to take indoor pics with at the hotel and attractions etc. The N5 was chosen over the newer N7 because I like the smaller size and the fact that it used the on-camera battery as opposed to triple A batteries. I know the N7 is more powerful, but from what I've seen so far, the N5 is capable enough for day to day situations. If you can find one, I'd highly recommend it.


great compact unit


from oregon  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

fits the V1 perfect - compact and light. operates off the camera's battery. chose it over the 7 for those reasons and its bounce ability. sure a little more power is desired yet these features are essential for me. can't report on the durability just yet.


Cute little flash


from Houston Tx.  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

The only current option for the Nikon V1. It is a little undr powered but more powerful than a point and shoot flash. Has bounce and swivel (use a business card as a bounce card). Very light weight and easy to carry. The foot cover is easy to lose so be extra careful. No batteries needed since the camera powers it. Overall a decent little flash. Just wish it had a bit more power.

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