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90
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The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Summary

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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Tastybread
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
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Key Specs

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens
Lens mount
Sony E
Resolution (effective)
16.1 megapixels
Sensor size
APS-C
Memory card
Sd, Ms pro hg duo hx, Ms pro hg duo, Ms pro duo
Model
body only

General

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
16.1 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
ISO modes
100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso, 25600 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (Rear curtain, Slow, Red eye)

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual (25 points) (AF assist lamp)
Shutter speed
1/ {"1":4000, "2":30} secs

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
Yes
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Auto
Exposure compensation
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Scene selection
Yes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Night scene, Other)
White balance modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade, Color temp, Custom

Other features

Self-timer
Yes
Speaker
Yes
Tripod mount
Yes
Screen size
3 inches
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
Sd, Ms pro hg duo hx, Ms pro hg duo, Ms pro duo (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Video recording
Yes (H264, Mpeg4)

Connections

USB
2.0
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
430
Model
with 18-55mm lens

General

Type
Mirrorless interchangeable lens (Sony E) (Yes)

Sensor

Resolution (effective)
16.1 megapixels
Sensor type
CMOS
Sensor size
APS-C
ISO modes
100 iso, 200 iso, 400 iso, 800 iso, 1600 iso, 3200 iso, 6400 iso, 12800 iso, 25600 iso

Flash

Flash
Yes (Rear curtain, Slow, Red eye)

Shooting

Focus
Af, Manual (25 points) (AF assist lamp)
Shutter speed
1/ {"1":4000, "2":30} secs

Imaging

Auto-bracketing
Yes
Exposure modes
Aperture, Shutter, Manual, Auto
Exposure compensation
Yes
Histogram
Yes
Scene selection
Yes (Portrait, Landscape, Sports, Night portrait, Night scene, Other)
White balance modes
Auto, Daylight, Cloudy, Incandescent, Flash, Flourescent, Shade, Color temp, Custom

Other features

Self-timer
Yes
Speaker
Yes
Tripod mount
Yes
Screen size
3 inches
Screen type
LCD
Touchscreen
Yes

Viewfinder

Viewfinder type
LCD (Yes) (Yes)

Storage

Memory card
Sd, Ms pro hg duo hx, Ms pro hg duo, Ms pro duo (Sdxc, Sdhc)

Image formats

Image formats
Jpeg, Raw
Video recording
Yes (H264, Mpeg4)

Connections

USB
2.0
Video output
Yes (HDMI)

Power

Battery size
Rechargeable (Li-ion)
Photos per charge (CIPA standard)
430
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