Sony Alpha NEX-5N Camera Body, 16.1MP, Up to 10 fps Shooting, AVCHD 1080/60p or 24p HD Movies, Sweep Panorama, Tiltable 3.0" LCD, Black

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About Sony NEX-5n

Get the interchangeable lens camera of your dreams capable of capturing astonishing 16.1MP stills or full 1920x1080 HD video in about half the size as its DSLR counterparts. It's the interchangeable lens camera that fits in your pocket. Enjoy Full HD 1080/60p or 24p movies, astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 10 fps, incredible panorama shots and a 3.0-inch tiltable Live View touch screen LCD. Use the Photo Creativity Touch interface to easily adjust images on the go or try out Sweep Panorama for incredible landscapes in 2D or 3D.

The Sony NEX-5n is commonly used for Travel and more.One reason why the Sony NEX-5n is popular is because of its Easy to use

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Image stabilization (7),Easy to use (4),Fast / accurate auto-focus (3),Fast shutter speed (3),Good image quality (3),High ISO performance (3),Large clear LCD (3)
No viewfinder (3),Short battery life (3)
Best Uses:
Travel (4),Family photos (3),Landscape/scenery (3),Low light (3),Sports/action (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (3)

Sony NEX-5n Features

  • DSLR quality in your pocket: This is the world's smallest interchangeable lens digital still camera using a large APS-C size sensor (as of Aug 2011). The removal of the conventional mirror box and viewfinder results in a camera body that is about half the size and weight of a standard DSLR camera
  • Full HD movie shooting 60p/24p: Record Full HD 1920x1080 video in a variety of frame rates from 60p for super smooth action to 24p for a more cinematic feel
  • Object Tracking AF via Touch LCD: Object Tracking AF can lock onto a specified object and maintain focus even as the subject moves. This hassle-free mode allows unpredictable subjects to stay in focus even while zooming
  • 11 Picture Effect modes: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow), Soft High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal, Cool, Warm, Green, Magenta), Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome and Miniature
  • Sweep Panorama Mode: Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (16mm focal length)
  • P/A/S/M operating modes: The NEX-5N offers a full range of controls for video and still shooting from the beginner's iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority & Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence & exercise greater creative control
  • BIONZ image processor: The brain of the camera is a refined version of Sony's BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 25600 sensitivity
  • Phase Detect AF for E-mount bodies w/ adapter: Both the LA-EA1 and EA2 adapters allows you to attach A-mount lenses to your E-mount camera
  • Stamina battery power for up to 430 shots: Take up to 430 shots on a single charge with Sony lithium ion Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence
  • Up to 10 fps shooting: Capture the decisive moment in sports and get the ideal baby photo. Up to 10 fps continuous shooting at full 16.1 MP resolution. Standard continuous shooting speeds vary based upon shooting conditions and memory card speeds
  • Photo Creativity Touch: The Photo Creativity interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression through direct photographic control in an easy to use interface. Changes can be combined/removed and viewed in real time on the LCD making it a breeze to make adjustments
  • World's shortest release time lag (0.02 sec): In photography, shutter lag, or release time, is the delay between triggering the shutter by fully depressing the shutter button and when the photograph is actually recorded
  • Peaking AF display: The Peaking AF display makes precise manual focusing much easier by highlighting the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors ( white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focal plane can make or break your shot
  • 6-image layering: The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. The camera then combines the data from the 6 different images to create a single image
  • Intelligent Auto Focus: Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO): Dynamic Range Optimizer improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off
  • 25-point Auto Focus: 25 sensors cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame
  • 16.1 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor: You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise
  • Tiltable 3.0" Touch LCD: Sony's 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs
  • 3D Sweep Panorama Mode: Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television
  • Auto HDR: High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot
  • iAUTO mode: Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. Takes advantage of Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization without leaving auto mode so you always get the best shot
  • HDMI output: Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV. The camera includes an HDMI output

Sony NEX-5n Specifications

Burst Buffer
JPEG (Fine: 10 shots, Standard: 10 shots), RAW (6 shots), RAW+JPEG (4 shots)
Continuous Shooting Speed
Continuous (up to 3fps) Speed Priority (up to 10fps)
Drive Mode
Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority, Self-timer, Continuous Self-timer, Bracketing
2-sec. or 10-sec. delay, (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)
Shutter Speeds
1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Shutter Type
Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
Lens Compatibility
Sony E-mount lens, (Sony A-mount lenses when used with LA-EA1 or LA-EA2 lens adaptor)
Lens Mount
Sony E-mount
Camera Type
Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
Imaging Sensor
Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
BIONZ image processor
Anti Dust
Charge protection coating on Low-Pass Filter and electromagnetic vibration mechanism
Pixel Gross
Approx. 16.7 megapixels
Effective Picture Resolution
Approx. 16.1 megapixels
Focal Length Conversion Factor
Color Filter System
RGB primary color filters
Media Type
Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
Color Space
sRGB, AdobeRGB
Still Image Mode
JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
Still Image Size 16:9
L (14M): 4912 X 2760 M (7.1M): 3568 X 2000 S (3.4M): 2448 X 1376
Still Image Size 3:2
L (16M): 4912 X 3264 M (8.4M): 3568 X 2368 S (4M): 2448 X 1624
Panorama Still Image Size
Horizontal Wide: 12,416 x 1,856 (23M) Horizontal Std.: 8,192 x 1,856 (15M) Vertical Wide: 2,160 x 5,536 (12M) Vertical Std.: 2,160 x 3,872 (8.4M) 3D Sweep Panorama: Horizontal Wide: 7152 X 1080 (7.7M) Horizontal Std.: 4912 X 1080 (5.3M) 16:9: 1920 X 1080 (2.1M)
Video Format
AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Mode
AVCHD / MP4 (MPEG-4 AVC (H.264))
Video Signal
NTSC color, EIA standards
Audio Format
Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Built-in stereo microphone; Built-in, monaural speaker
Still Image File Format
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)
Yes, via HDMI with compatible BRAVIA HDTV
Yes, via USB
HD Output
HDMI (TypeC mini)
Memory Card Slot
Dual compatibility slot: Memory Stick PRO Duo/Pro-HG Duo/PRO-HG HX Duo media - SD, SDHC and SDXC memory card
PhotoTV HD
Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI cable
USB Port(s)
USB2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
Focus System
Contrast AF
Focus Points
25 points
AF Modes
Single-shot AF, Continuous AF, Direct Manual Focus, Manual Focus
Focus Area
Multi Point AF (25 points), Center Weighted AF, Flexible Spot AF
Focus Sensitivity
0 EV to +20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens)
Manual Focus Assist
Magnified display for precise manual focus
Focus Features
Predictive Focus Control, Focus Lock
AF Illuminator
Built-in, LED type
Viewfinder Type
Optional OLED finder available (FDA-EV1S)
Face Detection
On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off
Smile Shutter technology
Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
Auto High Dynamic Range
Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1-6 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
Photo Creativity
Yes (via iAuto Mode)
Shooting Tips
Sweep Panorama
Horizontal (Wide/Standard), Vertical and 3D Panorama
LCD Type
3.0" TFT Xtra Fine LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack technology
Angle Adjustment
Up: Approx. 80 degrees, Down: Approx. 45 degrees
Brightness Control
Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 to +2), Sunny Weather
Live View
Yes, (Constant AF Live View)
Real-time image adjustment display
Exposure Compensation, WB, Creative Style
Yes (On/off)
Yes (MF only, Level setting
Grid Display
Yes (On/off)
Brightness: Auto, Manual, Sunny Weather; Display Color: Black, White, Blue, Pink
Touch Panel
Lens Mount Type
Sony E-mount
Picture Effect(s)
11 types (15 variations)
Auto Exposure Lock
Yes (AE Lock with focus lock)
Color Temperature
2500 - 9900 k with 15-step Magenta / Green compensation
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast (-3 to +3steps), Saturation(-3 to +3steps), Sharpness(-3 to +3steps))
D-Range Optimizer
Yes: (Auto, Level, Off)
Exposure Bracketing
Yes: (3 Continuous)
Exposure Compensation
±3.0 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
Exposure Settings
iAUTO, Program AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama (2D), 3D Sweep Panorama, Anti Motion Blur, Picture Effect, Scene Selection
Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100 to 25600)
Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
Metering Modes
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
Metering Sensitivity
0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent w/ f/2.8 lens)
Noise Reduction
Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/Low)
Scene Mode(s)
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight
White Balance Mode
Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
Battery Type
InfoLITHIUM NP-FW50 (7.2V)
Number of Still Images
Approx. 430 images (CIPA standard)
Flash Compensation
+/-2EV,1/3EV steps
Flash Coverage
FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
Flash Metering System
Pre-flash TTL
Flash Modes
Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Red-eye reduction
Flash Type
Smart accessory terminal (HVL-F7S Flash Supplied)
Guide Number
7 (in meters at ISO 100)
Recycling Time
Approx. 4 sec.
Supplied Software
PMB (Picture Motion Browser) v5.2; Image Data Converter SR v3.2; Image Data Lightbox SR v2.2
Operating System Compatibility
Windows XP SP3 (32-bit), Windows Vista SP2, Windows 7 SP1; Mac OS X (v10.3-v10.6), PMB is not compatible with Mac OS. Camera (via USB), Image Data Converter and Image Data Lightbox software are compatible with Mac OS.
Dimensions (Approx.)
Approx. 4-3/8 x 2-3/8 x 1-9/16" (110.8 x 58.8 x 38.2mm) (W/H/D) excluding protrusions
Weight (Approx.)
Approx. 7.4 oz (210g) (excl battery & media) Approx. 9.5 oz (269g) (w/battery & media)

Sony NEX-5n Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Great camera

Great little camera and the image quality is better than any of the other mirrorless cameras I have tried. Close to and better in some ways than my E5.

Reviewed by 5 customers


Fantastic Surprise


from Portland, OR  -  Pro Photographer

I own two top Nikon DSLRs, the Nikon D7000 & D800. The NEX-5N competes on an equal basis with the D7000 and admirably up against the D800 if large prints are not your goal. Really sharp photos can be had easily with this camera. I love its light weight & VR. I highly recommend this camera.


Beautiful Pictures


from Houston, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

I just got it for less than three weeks and pictures were really amazing.


Remarkable Camera


from Anchorage, Alaska  -  Photo Enthusiast

The high ISO performance is outstanding, especially in this price range. The 10 eps is almost comical it's so fast and it works flawlessly... one RAW/on Jpeg at 10 eps! Fastest shooting camera I've ever had! I had the 3c version but the 5n is so much better it's hard to talk about it! I have the Sony 18-200mm zoom and I just don't ever take it off... I did order a lens adapter for Canon lenses so I will play with that a little... I have several very wide angle lenses I'd like to try with the 5n and see how it works! All in all, one of the best and most fun cameras I've acquired in years! Build quality is excellent and I haven't had any problems at all with it, in any manner. It's fast, works as promised, and delivers outstanding image quality.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Great camera


from Georgia  -  Semi-Pro Photographer

Great little camera and the image quality is better than any of the other mirrorless cameras I have tried. Close to and better in some ways than my E5.

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)




from NY, NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

I traded the already great NEX5 for the newer NEX 5N, and it was TOTALLY WORTH IT! the added controls like manual video, and touch screen add a whole new layer of usability. What was already a great camera just got better!


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Shopper  What does the Mack Diamond 3 year warranty cover?
K. K  It's a semi-useful warranty that the camera will be free from manufacturing defects.
Patty a  My three year old alpha 350 will not focus anymore. I was told at the local camera shop that I would have to replace the camera body. Can I use my old alpha and Minolta lenses work on this camera body?
MARK M  Yes, you can use your old lenses. You will need to get the Sony LEA 2 adapter, this will allow you to use your alpha mount lenses on the camera.
Shopper  do I need a lens if I am simply using this for video? I want to use it for youtube specifically and to take pictures of products, if that helps
ELAINE D  You can use the 16mm lens, (the kit lens) for video. Or you can use the 18-55mm lens for video. Both are fine, though I think the 16mm will be sharper due to the wide angle. You just won't be able to zoom. If you use other lenses, you may have to do all manual focus, unless it is specifically made for the NEX series. So, if you buy this camera, don't just buy the body. Buy with one of the preferred kit lenses. The picture that you are referencing shows only the body. The camera does need a lens!
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