The Sony NEX-5N First Look thoughts and video!
This is NOT my review. The full review will be up soon!
Here is quick first look at the Sony NEX-5N, the replacement for the very popular NEX-5. So what does the new 5N bring to the table? First of all, more resolution. The NEX-5N ups the ante with 16.1 Megapixels versus the 14 of the 5 . It also adds the new BIONZ processing, a touch screen, and the ability to add an EVF much like the Olympus PEN series. It also has 10 frames per second shooting compared to the 7 of the NEX-5 and has the 1080P video mode with different frame rate options. The new 5N is sold as a body only or with the 18-55 kit lens for $699. Only $50 more than the old NEX-5 and also $50 more than the new NEX-C3 that does not have a touch screen, can not use the EVF and may not have as good high ISO performance. That begs the questions…why buy a new C3 if it is only $50 less than a 5N? The answer to that is, DON’T! I shot with the C3 for a few days and though it was about the same as the old 3 in regards to quality though it did seem to have better out of camera color and of course more resolution.
The 5N is the one to get though if you are deciding between the C3 and 5N or the old 5 for that matter. This one seems to give you the most bang for the buck with it’s sleeker body style, larger more comfortable grip, touch screen and better/stronger build as well as the ability to attach the EVF to the hot shoe. The C3 does not allow this. Maybe I am missing something but if anyone knows a reason to save $50 and buy the C3 fill me in. $649 vs $699 for the kit.
In use, the 5N feels just like the old 5 when shooting and it should as it’s basically the same body style and feel. Sony says the 5N has been hot rodded under the hood and I agree though it is not night and day from the old 5. The one thing I noticed when I started shooting the 5N is the color is greatly improved. With the old 5 I remember not being so happy with the color on many occasions. The 5N improves this quite a bit. Also, higher ISO all the way up to 12800 is improved with this new sensor so Sony has done it yet again in regards to low light performance in a tiny body. They also claim it has the worlds shortest shutter lag at 0.02 seconds, or 20 milliseconds. The shutter sound has improved and we now get a solid and quick snick compared to the sloppy thunk of the NEX-5.
The 5N seems like a great BANG FOR THE BUCK kind of camera.
I’m still holding out for the NEX-7 though as that is the one I have ordered for myself just due to the controls, the built in OLED EVF and crazy resolution sensor. It should be a monster with Leica glass and the new Sony/Zeiss 24 1.8.
Again, keep in mind, this is not my review! The review will be up REALLY soon!
BELOW: Some quick-n-dirty test shots at higher ISO…
Here is one shot I snapped as an out of camera JPEG at ISO 1600. This is STRAIGHT from the camera. Click on it to see the 100% crop. BTW, B&H Photo is now taking pre-orders for the NEX-5N.
Here is a full size out of camera JPEG at ISO 6400. Click it for full size. Untouched, and right out of the camera.
and one more at ISO 12,800
and why not? ISO 25,600
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