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90 March 17th 2012 2:22 am

The NEX-5N shoots great stills and videos, and will (sort of) fit in your pocket. If you're upgrading from a point-and-shoot, or want something a little lighter than your DSLR without skimping on quality, this is the one to get. Recent price drops mean the 5N is even more attractive as a great entry point into the world of interchangeable-lens compact cameras. However, those price drops coincide with the launch of the new NEX-5R, which adds WiFi, an improved autofocus system, and downloadable apps. The 5N remains a great camera -- and a great bargain -- but the 5R is now the one to beat, and a gdgt Must-have model.

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Critic reviews

8.4
10 reviews
  • Image quality
    9.0
  • Video quality
    8.6
  • Battery life
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    8.1
  • Durability
    8.0
  • Speed (start-up time, lag)
    7.4
  • Ease of use
    6.9

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User reviews

9.2
17 reviews
9.0
PC Mag Oct 20, 2011

The Sony Alpha NEX-5N delivers a lot of performance from its compact body, packing a sensor as large as those found in most digital SLRs and recording video in full 1080p HD.

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8.0
Digital Photography Review Sep 1, 2011

The 5N provides an addictive combination of familiar, hassle-free handling with truly excellent image quality which we think will appeal to a very broad base of users - not only those who want a 'compact' system camera.

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7.0
CNET Sep 15, 2011

An especially good option for people who want a relatively inexpensive ILC for shooting video, the Sony Alpha NEX-5N's photo quality's about the same as its cheaper sibling's.

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9.0
Imaging Resource Dec 5, 2011

Sony's thin and light NEX-5N has the same basic form as its predecessor, but sports a new 16.1-megapixel sensor that's capable of capturing up to 10 frames per second and Full HD video at 60p. A new touchscreen adds a few new functions, and the NEX-5N continues the line's excellent image quality.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Nov 2, 2011

But for image obsessives looking for top quality, look no further: the NEX-5N outputs stunning shots. It’s a worthy step forward for the NEX system.

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9.0
Camera Labs Dec 1, 2011

By introducing a touch screen, enhancing Creative Control, extending Picture Effects and adding new HDR modes it's made the NEX-5 more consumer friendly. That's no easy feat to manage, but Sony has pulled it off and produced one of the most compelling mirrorless ILC models on the market.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Feb 17, 2012

Those looking for a small, portable and well-built CSC with the image quality benefits of an APS-C sensor will find the little NEX-5n ticks all the right boxes.

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8.0
TechRadar Nov 8, 2011

Yes, this is more than an entry-level digital SLR, but the NEX is going for a different market, and in that respect delivers most of what it sets out to do.

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9.0
Steve Huff Photo Sep 5, 2011

The bottom line is that Sony improved the 5 series and the 5n is an easy recommend as well as the best bang for the buck in the NEX line. At $699 with lens, I have to ask myself..” For the money does it get any better than this? The answer to that is NO!”

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9.0
ricardogordon1 ricardogordon1

As a novice the camera is complex, as a intermediate a great camera and a stepping stone to a DSLR, as a professional (some of my friends) it can be a little frustrating but still good. As a novice/intermediate I am loving it. Anybody with lens recommendations (Prime, wide angle and zoom)...

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9.0
samversionone samversionone

Great camera with excellent image quality. The build quality on this is really great and very solid. There isn't much not to look on this camera although lack of more e-mount lenses is one of its drawbacks. Accessories for this camera area also a bit expensive with the available EVF being about...

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9.0
prez prez

I really like the NEX-5N. This has replaced my other DSLRs, and I am happy. Sony needs to add more lens options, and better flashes to make this even better.

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10
jlahdo jlahdo

The NEX 5N was my first ILC and my first 'proper' camera. The photos it takes are amazing, with exceptional clarity. There are so many adjustments that can be made and it's a great price overall. If you don't need WiFi or apps on your camera and want great image quality I'd recommend this over...

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9.0
skywalker69 skywalker69

Great Camera, with excellent Video capability. Great with 18-200 for multipurpose use and incredibly clear pictures with Zeiss 1,8 Aperture. Only recomended for low light shots. Pancake not really necessary if equipped with 18-200, Aperture 3,5 still enough for daily use. Consider also to buy...

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10
laughfactory laughfactory

My wife and I love this camera. For the price you get a camera that is easy to use and produces stunning photos. We bought the kit and have been very impressed with the body + lens combo. I thought we might need more of a zoom lens, but have been very surprised at just how versatile the lens the...

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9.0
dangithien dangithien

I'll admit I'm a novice to more advanced photography, but I'm also a quick study. That being said, this is a really nice camera to upgrade to from a point & shoot. I wouldn't expect serious DSLR users to to enjoy the experience very much because many options can get buried in the menu system....

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