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Sony Alpha NEX-5N

16-megapixel digital camera with touchscreen interface and 18-55mm zoom lens (Black)

4 Reviews

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Our take on the Sony Alpha NEX-5N

The brawn behind the beauty
You might be surprised when you first take a "peek under the hood" at the new Sony Alpha NEX-5N. While it looks nearly identical on the outside to its predecessor, the NEX-5, there are some pleasant surprises waiting upon deeper inspection. Let's start with the new touch interface: Now you can set a shutter speed or dial in an effect with the touch of a finger, rather than fiddling with a menu. This could come in handy in that ten seconds when your child's parade float drives by. And while the old automatic modes and scene presets are still with us, the NEX-5N has a wealth of manual settings and high-end options that are sure to delight the experienced enthusiast. A new 16.1-megapixel sensor will bring home low-noise shots you take using just the available light at that anniversary party or school assembly. And the 10 frame per second continuous shooting mode with uninterrupted auto-focus is truly professional-class performance.

The brawn behind the beauty
You might be surprised when you first take a "peek under the hood" at the new Sony Alpha NEX-5N. While it looks nearly identical on the outside to its predecessor, the NEX-5, there are some pleasant surprises waiting upon deeper inspection. Let's start with the new touch interface: Now you can set a shutter speed or dial in an effect with the touch of a finger, rather than fiddling with a menu. This could come in handy in that ten seconds when your child's parade float drives by. And while the old automatic modes and scene presets are still with us, the NEX-5N has a wealth of manual settings and high-end options that are sure to delight the experienced enthusiast. A new 16.1-megapixel sensor will bring home low-noise shots you take using just the available light at that anniversary party or school assembly. And the 10 frame per second continuous shooting mode with uninterrupted auto-focus is truly professional-class performance.

High-quality HD video too
Neatly hidden within the NEX-5N's small form is a cutting-edge HD video camera that shoots at 1080 lines, 60 progressive frames per second. What do these numbers mean? Creamy-smooth, high-detail video, with the filmlike look that only a large image sensor can provide. You'll get impressive low-light performance, and the great sense of depth that comes from a camera with a still-photography pedigree.

Working glass
This camera comes bundled with a versatile, day-in, day-out 18-55mm zoom lens that's perfect for the challenges of everyday shooting. With an approximate 3X zoom range, this lens will do nicely for portraits, and still be wide enough to fit the gang from work into the company picnic group shot. The zoom is quiet and efficient, helping you to compose a dynamic shot on the fly.

Could it be... super?
This camera may look like Clark Kent on the outside, but wait 'til it steps into the phone booth. The incredibly compact and convenient form factor of the NEX series has been infused with the capabilities of its bigger DSLR brethren, and the photography world is taking notice. You've now got a camera that performs like a large model at the top end of the product line, while fitting (lens and all) neatly in a purse or small messenger bag. Up, up, and away.

Product Highlights:

  • 16.1-megapixel effective recording
  • APS-C size HD CMOS image sensor (23.5 X 15.6 mm) for rich tonal gradation and true-to-life color
  • includes 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 lens (35mm equivalent focal length: 27-82.5mm)
  • tilting 3" LCD touchscreen with live view for composing shots in real-time and previewing the effects of creative/exposure settings
  • high-def, high-quality movie mode with stereo sound (up to 1080p @ 60 frames per second)
  • BIONZ® image processor for high-resolution, low-noise photos
  • Photo Creativity touchscreen interface provides direct input on real-time effects
  • Anti-Dust Technology keeps image sensor clean for spotless photos
  • 6-image layering: can take six pictures in under a second, then combine the best attributes of each into one photo to reduce blur and ensure proper exposure
  • 25-area autofocus system for rapid, precise autofocusing
  • 11 types of creative picture effects, including "Toy Camera"
  • supplied detachable, aimable flash gives you greater control over flash angle and intensity
  • face detection adjusts focus, exposure, and white balance for great-looking portraits
  • Smile Shutter™ technology snaps a picture when it detects a smile
  • Horizontal/Vertical Sweep Panorama mode
  • 3D Panorama mode: sweep across the panorama, and the camera captures "right-eye" and "left-eye" versions of the image. 3D TV and 3D glasses required to view images in 3D
  • on-screen tips and help
  • optional 2,359K-dot OLED electronic viewfinder (not included)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Compatible Lenses:
  • compatible with Sony E-mount lenses
  • compatible with Sony Alpha SLR lenses when used with optional LA-EA2 lens adapter
Exposure Modes and Controls:
  • continuous shooting mode: 3 frames per second (up to 10 frames per second in Speed Priority mode)
  • shutter speed range: 30-1/4,000 seconds, bulb
  • sensitivity or ISO (film speed equivalent) range: 100-25,600 selectable
  • program auto, shutter-priority, aperture-priority, manual, and fully automatic exposure modes
  • flash bracketing: up to 3 frames
  • 8 preset scene modes for accurately exposed images in many different shooting environments
  • flash sync at 1/160 second
File Formats and Storage:
  • image storage modes: JPEG (Fine and Standard), RAW, and RAW+JPEG
  • still image aspect ratio options: 3:2, 16:9
  • AVCHD movie files up to 1920 x 1080 at 60 frames per second with stereo sound; MP4 movie files up to 1440 x 1080 resolution at 30 frames per second with mono sound
  • accepts optional SD;, high capacity SDHC, MultiMediaCard, and Memory Stick PRO Duo, PRO-HG Duo, and PRO-HX Duo memory cards
Connections and Dimensions:
  • high-speed USB interface
  • mini HDMI output (cable not included)
  • IR sensor: allows shutter to be remotely activated with optional RMT-DSLR1 wireless remote
  • 4-3/8"W x 2-3/8"H x 1-9/16"D (without lens)
  • weight (without battery or media): 7.4 oz.
  • supplied lens weight: 6.9 oz.
Supplied Accessories:
  • 18-55mm Sony lens
  • detachable flash and flash case
  • rechargeable NP-FW50 lithium ion battery
  • battery charger/AC adapter
  • shoulder strap
  • USB cable
  • software CD-ROM

What's in the Box:

  • NEX-5N Digital camera body (black)
  • SEL1855 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens (installed)
  • 49mm Lens cap (installed)
  • AL C-SH112 Lens hood
  • NP-FW50 rechargeable InfoLithium battery (7.2V/1080 mAh)
  • BC-VW1 Battery charger (8.4V/0.28A)
  • HVL-F7S Flash unit in a plastic case
  • Adjustable neck strap
  • 43" USB cable (has a USB type A connector on one end and a mini USB connector on the other end)
  • Application software on CD-ROM
  • Instruction Manual
  • Warranty Sheet
  • Lenses & Accessories brochure
  • On-line registration sheet

Sony Alpha NEX-5N Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Nex 5NKB

Zac C from Oakland, CA on 2/3/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Camera was great right out of the box. I'm no pro just upgrading from an 8 MP Sony 16x zoom camera. Images are great and when I take pictures of my two dogs I can enlarge the image and see individual hairs on their faces. Some reviews say that they have clicking noises when they do video but haven't had that problem. Friends are so impressed with the videos that I've taken. I was choosing between getting the nex5N or a comparable SLR but the portability against lugging around a big camera was a big reason I chose the Nex5N. Also didn't find anything too different between the Nex5N and 5R

Pros: Great images, videos. Touch screen. Portable.

Cons: None yet.

Glad I chose this camera!

mulley from Montpelier, VA on 9/26/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This was my first order with Crutchfield. Ordered one day, received the next. I had no trouble understanding how to operate this camera as I had downloaded the manuals for it and several others I was interested in and when I chose this one read it through ahead of time. The most amazing thing about this camera is the clarity of shots at speeds so low I would not have attempted them before with my olders dslr's or p&S cameras. The battery was completely dead when I received it, so had to wait until later to test it. All I had to test the camera on was several slightly uncooperative cats and the fireplace across the room. Many of the shots are blurry because the shutter speed was arount 1/8 to 1/10 of a second and the cats were moving, but the backgrounds are clear and I even took several HDR shots that were great. I am totally happy with this camera and will work on ordering more lenses and the evf for it next year. Last Sunday was clear and sunny so we went to the James River and got some really fantastic panoramas. I have tested every shooting mode am pretty happy with each one. We are getting on in age and I broke my arm this summer running with my huge, heavy camera bag and tripod and now everything can fit into a small lightweight bag that can also double as a handbag. I could not find a NEX to test in Richmond and I was undecided for months between this and the SLT-57. I am 100% satisfied now, the images are fantastic and that's what taking photos is all about.

Pros: small size, ability to EASILY take photos with one hand, touch screen easy to use, excellent image quality, "steady shot" works great for hand held shots in low light, handheld hdr, flash fine with 18-55 for most shots

Cons: battery dead on arrival, bracketing not included in drive mode but hidden in a menu, lcd slightly hard to see on a very sunny day, poor user guide

Easy DSLR images; more function

AtlantaDad2011 from Atlanta, GA on 4/23/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

If DSLR picture quality in a more compact form is what you are looking for, then this camera will definitely supply that. It is also very easy to use. I'm not an auto user with my T3i, but I am with this as I can hand it to others and still get great shots. The T3i hit rate is a little lower, but I expect that. It's made for you to tweak things. I had the C3 and the argument for the 5N over the C3 is preference. Is the quieter shutter, 1080p, better feel in the hand (to me), longer battery life, and built-in lens compensations worth it to you. I REALLY liked the C3. I like the 5N just enough better to pay extra for it. Neither will replace your basic DSLR, but you will find that you are far more willing to tote it around. I still use my DSLR, but it is great having a smaller option. This camera will fit in the diaper bag with no best camera (T3i), not so much.



NEX5N first impressions

mail from Los Angeles on 4/21/2012

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I really like the look and feel of the NEX5n and had high hopes that it would live up to the rave reviews from all over. However I am rather disappointed. Maybe it's the kit lens but images are a bit soft. Many have praised the lack of noise in low light images but I see plenty. Also in low light situations the LCD screen becomes so noisy itself it's almost useless. This is my first experience with this type of camera so maybe I was expecting too much but have seen better results from lesser cameras. The overpriced electronic viewfinder is also very disappointing despite many reviews to contrary.

Pros: Very light. Looks cool.

Cons: Poor image quality.


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

LCD Screen Size 3"
Adjustable-angle LCD Yes
Wi-Fi No
Touchscreen Yes
Waterproof No
GPS-enabled No
Lens 35mm Equivalent 27-82.5mm
Optical Zoom 3x
Digital Zoom 10x
Filter Diameter 49mm
Manual Focusing Yes
Manual Exposure Yes
Built-in Flash Yes
HDMI Output Mini
Internal Memory None
Memory Media Memory Stick PRO Duo + PRO-HG Duo
Sensor Size 23.5 x 15.6mm CMOS
Megapixels 16.1
Image Stabilization Optical
Highest Resolution 4912 x 3264
4K Video No
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080, 1440 x 1080
Width (inches) 4-5/8
Height (inches) 2-1/2
Depth (inches) 3-15/16
Weight With Battery (ounces) 16.3
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year

Product Research

Recording Features
Included Lens
Play And Print Functions
Battery Information
Supplied Software

Recording Features

Package Contents: The Sony NEX-5NK kit contains the α (alpha series) NEX-5N camera and the SEL1855 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 E-mount zoom lens.

Lens Compatibility: The NEX-5N is compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses, such as the included 18-55mm lens and the optional 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 (SEL18200) zoom lens. With the optional LA-EA1 lens adapter, the Sony α (alpha) lenses can be used.

3" Tiltable LCD Touch Screen: The NEX-5N uses a 3" Xtra Fine LCD screen with 921,600 dots. The TruBlack screen has a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections and increase contrast compared to conventional LCDs. The screen tilts down 45° and up 80° to frame high- and low-angle shots. The camera does not have a separate viewfinder.

Versatile Recording Formats: Images can be captured in the following modes:

  • JPEG (Fine and Standard)
  • RAW
  • RAW+JPEG (Fine)

Image Sensor: The NEX-5N features an APS-C sized Exmor CMOS HD image sensor (23.5 x 15.6mm). It has approximately 16.7-million total pixels and 16.1-million effective pixels.

Image Sizes: You can record still images in a 3:2 or 16:9 aspect ratio. The image sizes include:

Aspect Ratio Image Size Resolution
3:2 L: 16M 4912 x 3264
M: 8.4M 3568 x 2368
S: 4M 2448 x 1624
16:9 L: 14M 4912 x 2760
M: 7.1M 3568 x 2000
S: 3.4M 2448 x 1376

Movie Recording: The NEX-5N can record High Definition in Full HD 1080 (1920 x 1080) in MPEG-4 AVCHD (H.264). High Definition (1440 x 1080) and Standard Definition (640 x 480) movies in MPEG-4 format with AAC-LC 2-channel audio. Continuous recording is possible for approximately 29 minutes. The following options are available:

AVCHD 60i/60p Average Bit Rate Recording
60i 24M (FX) 24 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (60i)
60i 17M (FH) 17 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (60i)
60P 28M (PS) 28 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (60p)
24P 24M (FX) 24 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (24p)
24P 17M (FH) 17 Mbps 1920 x 1080 (24p)
MP4 Average Bit Rate Recording
1440 x 1080 12M 12 Mbps 1440 x 1080
VGA 3M 3 Mbps VGA size

Dual Media Options: The NEX-5N accepts two types of media for capturing still images: Memory Stick PRO Duo (including Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo) and SD, SDHC, and SDXC Memory Cards. The camera is also compatible with Eye-Fi cards, which can upload images from the memory card wirelessly to your computer via Wi-Fi. Images recorded on SDXC cards cannot be imported to or played on computers or AV devices that are not compatible with exFAT. The maximum number of images that can be recorded on a memory card is as follows:

Still Image Capacity based on images taken at L 16M/Aspect Ratio: 3:2:

Size \ Capacity 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
Standard 410 820 1650 3300 6700
Fine 290 590 1150 2400 4800
RAW & JPEG 80 155 320 640 1250
RAW 105 215 440 880 1750

Movie Recording Capacity:

Size \ Capacity 2 GB 4 GB 8 GB 16 GB 32 GB
60i 24M (FX) 10 min 20 min 40 min 1 hr 30 min 3 hrs
60i 17M (FH) 10 min 30 min 1 hr 2 hrs 4 hrs 5 min
60P 28M (PS) 9 min 15 min 35 min 1 hr 15 min 2 hrs 30 min
24P 24M (FX) 10 min 20 min 40 min 1 hr 30 min 3 hrs
24P 17M (FH) 10 min 30 min 1 hr 2 hrs 4 hrs 5 min
1440 x 1080 12M 20 min 40 min 1 hr 20 min 2 hrs 45 min 5 hrs 30 min
VGA 3M 1 hr 10 min 2 hrs 25 min 4 hrs 55 min 10 hrs 20 hrs

SteadyShot: When the supplied 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 E-mount lens is attached to the NEX-5N, you can turn on the Steady Shot function to reduce the effect of camera shake. You cannot set Steady Shot when the optional 16mm F2.8 E-mount lens or an A-mount lens is attached.

25-Point AF System: The NEX-5N's high-performance auto focus system uses 25 focus points to deliver fast and precise focusing. You can choose from the following Auto/Manual Focus Modes:

  • AF/MF Select: You can choose from these three focusing methods:
    • Auto Focus: The camera focuses automatically.
    • Direct Manual Focus: After focusing automatically, you can make fine adjustments to the focus by turning the focusing ring.
    • Manual Focus: You can adjust the focus manually by turning the focusing ring.
  • AF (Auto focus) Mode: You can select between 2 modes:
    • Single-Shot AF: The camera focuses and the focus is locked when you press the shutter button halfway down.
    • Continuous AF: The camera continues to focus while the shutter button is pressed and held halfway down.
  • AF (Auto focus) Area: You can select between 3 settings:
    • Multi: The camera determines which of the 25 AF areas is used in focusing. When Face Detection is active, AF operates with priority on faces.
    • Center: The camera uses the AF area located in the center area exclusively.
    • Flexible Spot: You can choose a focus area from the 25 areas using the controller.

Focus Lock: If a subject is off-center and outside of the AF area, you can lock the focus of the camera.

AF Illuminator: When you press the shutter button halfway down a red illuminator is emitted until the focus is locked. Under dark lighting conditions or when you shoot a low contrast subject, the AF illuminator allows the camera to focus more easily on the subject.

Drive Modes: The camera offers the following shooting modes:

  • Single Shot Advance: Default setting for standard picture taking--shoots one still image.
  • Shooting Continuously: When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records the images continuously at a maximum 3 images per second.
  • Speed Priority Continuous: When you press and hold the shutter button, the camera records the images continuously at a maximum 10 images per second.
  • Self-Timer: You can set the camera to two different self-timers:
    • 10 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 10 seconds later. This is convenient when the photographer wants to appear in a photo.
    • 2 Second: After you press the shutter button, the shutter will be released about 2 seconds later. This is convenient to reduce camera-shake.
  • Self-timer Continuous: After you press the shutter button, the camera will continuously take 3 or 5 images after a 10-second pause.
  • Exposure Bracket: The camera can shoot three continuous images with the exposures shifted automatically. This setting shoots images continuously with exposure value shifted by plus or minus 0.3 EV or 0.7 EV.
  • Remote Commander: The NEX-5N is compatible with the RMT-DSLR1 Wireless Remote Commander. You can shoot using the SHUTTER and 2SEC buttons on the remote control.

Exposure Modes: The camera offers the following exposure modes:

  • Intelligent Auto: The camera analyses the subject, and allows you to shoot with appropriate settings. It recognizes and automatically switches to Night Scene, Tripod Night Scene, Night Portrait, Backlight, Backlight Portrait, Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Spotlight, Low Brightness, or Baby.
  • Scene Selection: You can select an appropriate mode for the subject or the shooting conditions to allow you to shoot the image with a suitable setting for the subject:
    • Portrait: blurs away backgrounds and sharpens the subject; expresses skin tones softly
    • Landscape: shoots the entire range of scenery in sharp focus with vivid colors.
    • Macro: for shooting close subjects such as flowers, insects, dishes, or small goods.
    • Sports Action: for shooting moving subjects outdoors or in bright places.
    • Sunset: for shooting the red of the sunset beautifully
    • Night Portrait: for shooting portraits in night scenes. You should attach and use the supplied flash.
    • Night Scene: for shooting night scenes without losing the dark atmosphere.
    • Hand-held Twilight: for shooting night scenes with less noise and blur without using a tripod. A burst of shots are taken, and image processing is applied to reduce subject blur, camera shake, and noise.
  • Anti Motion Blur: This mode is suitable for indoor shots without using the flash, to reduce subject blur.
  • Sweep Panorama/3D Sweep Panorama: You can create a panoramic image from composed images. To shoot, pan the camera horizontally or vertically while holding down the shutter button. You can select from the following modes of panorama shooting:
    • Panorama:
      • Standard: Vertical--3872 x 2160; Horizontal--8192 x 1856
      • Wide: Vertical--5536 x 2160; Horizontal 12416 x 1856
    • 3D Panorama:
      • 16:9: Horizontal--1920 x 1080
      • Standard: Horizontal--4912 x 1080
      • Wide: Horizontal--7152 x 1080
  • Program Auto: This mode allows you to shoot with the exposure adjusted automatically (both the shutter speed and the aperture value), while keeping the custom settings for ISO sensitivity, Creative Style, D-Range optimizer, etc.
  • Aperture Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the aperture value manually, letting the camera set the appropriate shutter speed. This mode gives you greater control over the depth of field.
  • Shutter Priority: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the shutter speed manually, letting the camera set the appropriate aperture. With a high shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it is frozen on the image. With a slow shutter speed, the moving subject appears as if it were flowing.
  • Manual Exposure: This mode allows you to shoot after adjusting the exposure (shutter speed and aperture) manually.
  • Bulb (Long Exposure) Shooting: In this setting as long as the shutter button is pressed, the shutter remains open. You can shoot trails of light, such as fireworks.

Exposure Compensation: Exposure compensation is used to alter the camera's standard exposure setting. You can make the image look lighter (increased exposure) or darker (decreased exposure). The exposure compensation amount can be set up to +/-3 EV in 1/3-step increments.

AE Lock: You can fix the exposure before deciding on the composition when taking a picture. This is effective when the metering object and focusing object are different or when you want to shoot continuously while keep the same exposure value.

Face Detection: When activated, the camera detects the faces of your subjects and adjusts the focus, flash exposure, and white balance settings automatically. You can also select the priority face to be focused on, or register the faces on which to automatically focus upon.

Metering Mode: An advanced 1200-zone evaluative sensing system provides multi-pattern measuring for superior exposure control accuracy in a wide range of lighting conditions. You can select the method for measuring the brightness of a subject from the following three methods:

  • Multi Pattern: This method uses the whole screen divided into multiple areas to determine the proper exposure of the entire screen.
  • Center Weighted: While emphasizing the central area of the screen, this method measures the average brightness of the entire screen.
  • Spot: This method measures light only in the spot metering circle in the center of the frame.

White Balance: You can adjust the color tones according to the lighting conditions. You can choose from the following WB options:

  • Auto WB: This mode adjusts the white balance automatically.
  • Daylight: This mode adjusts for outdoors and sunlit subjects.
  • Shade: This mode adjust for shady conditions on a clear day.
  • Cloudy: This mode adjust for a cloudy sky.
  • Incandescent: This mode adjusts for incandescent lighting.
  • Fluorescent: This mode adjusts for the following types of fluorescent lighting: Warm White, Cool White, Day White, Daylight
  • Flash: This mode adjusts for flash conditions.
  • Color Temperature: This mode adjusts the white balance depending upon the light source (color temperature). It achieves the effect of color compensation (CC) filters for photography.
  • Custom: In a scene where the ambient light consists of multiple types of light sources, use of the custom white balance is recommended in order to accurately reproduce the whiteness.

Creative Style: This camera is pre-programmed with image styles optimal for various scenes and purposes. For each setting, you can adjust the contrast, saturation, and sharpness. You can choose from the following settings:

  • Standard: This setting reproduces various scenes with rich gradation and beautiful color.
  • Vivid: This setting reproduces memorable scenery such as blue sky, sunsets, spring greenery, and autumn leaves with deep and vivid colors.
  • Portrait: This setting accentuates the subject and softly reproduces skin tones.
  • Landscape: This setting reproduces the scenery with vivid and sharp colors.
  • Sunset: This setting beautifully reproduces the red of the sunset.
  • B & W: This setting is for monochrome images.

ISO Settings: ISO is a unit of measurement of sensitivity to light. The larger the number, the higher the sensitivity. The camera's ISO can be set manually or automatically at ISO 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, or 25600.

Flash: In a dark location, using the supplied HVL-F7S flash allows you to shoot the subject brightly, and it also helps prevent blurred photos due to camera shake. The NEX-5N features a special multi-pin jack for attaching the flash. When attached, you can turn the flash on or off by raising or lowering the flash head. When the flash is attached, it adds approximately 1/2" to the overall height of the camera, and adds 1-1/4" when raised. The NEX-5N offers the following flash modes:

  • Autoflash: In auto mode the flash automatically fires if it is dark or against light.
  • Fill-Flash: In this mode the flash fires every time the shutter is released.
  • Slow Sync: Slow sync shooting allows you to shoot a clear image of both the subject and the background by slowing the shutter speed.
  • Rear Sync: In rear sync mode, the objects illuminated by other light sources are captured first, then the flash is fired right before the exposure is completed.
  • Flash Off: The flash does not fire, even if the flash is raised.

Noise Reduction: The camera offers Long Exposure and High ISO Noise Reduction (NR) to automatically reduce the grainy noise found in photos during long exposures or high ISO settings.

Included Lens

Optics: The Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens is compatible with the Sony α NEX-series interchangeable lens cameras. The lens has a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-82.5mm, and a 76°-29° field of view for excellent low-light performance. It also has a smooth and quiet Auto Focus operation.

Focusing: The lens can be used in the auto-focus, direct manual focus, or manual focus modes. You can switch between focusing modes in the camera menu.

Dimensions: The lens has the following dimensions: Diameter=2.5", Length=2.375" (without lens caps).


Lens E 18-55mm F3.5-56
35mm Equivalent 27-82.5mm
Angle of View 76°-29°
Minimum Focus 0.82' (9.84")
Filter Diameter 49mm
f-stop f/3.5 - f/5.6 maximum
f/22 - f/32 minimum
Weight 6.875 ounces

Play And Print Functions

Playback Options: You can view images on the LCD monitor with 3 options: with recording data displayed, without recording data, or histogram display. A histogram is the luminance distribution that shows how many pixels of a particular brightness exists in a picture. The histogram display of this camera shows the brightness on the horizontal axis (left side is black, right side is white) and the number of pixels on the vertical axis.

Auto Review: After an image is recorded, you can have the camera automatically display it on the LCD monitor for two, five or 10 seconds. You can also turn off auto review.

Image Rotation: Vertical shots can be rotated automatically so that they are displayed upright during playback. This can be done manually or automatically.

Playback Screen: You can view your photos back as a single image on the LCD monitor, as an Index or as a Slide Show . During Index View mode, you can view 6 or 12 images at once. You can adjust the Slide Show mode interval from 1, 3, 5, 10, or 30 seconds.

Image Enlargement: During single image playback you can enlarge an entire image or a select area of an image, depending upon the image size. Small images can be enlarged up to 6.7x, Medium images to 10x, and Large images up to 13x. Once you have enlarged the image, you can pan around the image to view the desired portion.

Rotating Images: Images can be rotated counter-clockwise 360-degrees on the camera's LCD monitor during single image playback.

Protect Images: You can protect all images on your memory card or select only certain images to be protected from accidental erasure.

HDMI Output: The NEX-5N provides direct mini-HDMI output to your HDTV screen, so you can view and share photos in clarity and detail. You can choose between standard 3:2 or widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio. When connected to a Sony BRAVIA TV, you can control the image playback using the TV remote. A mini-HDMI-to-HDMI cable is not supplied.

Printing Options: The camera offers the following printing options.

  • DPOF Compatible: Using the camera, you can specify the images and the number of images to print before you print images at a photo-shop or with your printer.
  • Memory Card: You can print images with a Memory Stick or SD card compliant printer.
  • Computer: You can copy images to a computer using the supplied "Picture Motion Browser" software and print the images.

Battery Information

InfoLithium Battery: The NEX-5N is powered by the NP-FW50 InfoLithium battery (supplied). The battery communicates data to the camera, so that the percentage of battery power remaining can be displayed. Stamina Battery power allows you to take up to 430 shots on a fully charged battery.

Charging: The supplied InfoLithium battery requires approximately 250 minutes for a full charge, using the supplied BC-VW1 charger. The battery must be fully charged before initial use.

Power Save: You can set different time intervals for the camera to switch to Power Save mode. You can set the interval to 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, or 30 minutes. Once the camera goes into Power Save mode, you can return to the shooting mode by pressing the shutter button halfway.

Supplied Software

Application Software CD-ROM: The following software is included with the NEX-5N:

Picture Motion Browser Ver.5.5: Windows Only

  • Import images shot with the camera and display them on the computer.
  • Organize images on the computer on a calendar by shooting date to view them.
  • Retouch, print, and send images as e-mail attachments and change the shooting date.
  • Print or save still images with the date.
  • You can create a data disc using a CD burner driver or DVD burner drive.
  • You can create Blu-ray discs, AVCHD format discs, or DVD discs from AVCHD format movies imported to a computer.

Image Data Lightbox SR Ver.2.2: Windows and Macintosh

  • Display and compare RAW/JPEG images recorded with this camera
  • Rate the images on a scale of five
  • Set the color labels
  • Display an image in "Image Data Converter SR" and make adjustments to it

Image Data Converter SR Ver.3.2: Windows and Macintosh

  • You can edit images recorded in RAW mode with various corrections, such as tone curve, and sharpness.
  • Adjust images with white balance, exposure, creative style, etc.
  • Save the images displayed and edited on a computer. You can save the image as RAW format, or save it in the general file format.

Windows Requirements:

  • Sony Image Data Suite (Image Data Converter):
    • OS Pre-Installed:
      • Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (64-bit editions and Starter editions are not supported)
      • Windows Vista SP2 (Starter edition is not supported)
      • Windows 7 (SP1)
    • CPU/Memory: Pentium 4 or faster is recommended, RAM 1 GB or more is recommended
    • Display: 1024 x 768 dots or more
  • Sony Picture Utility (Picture Motion Browser):
    • OS Pre-Installed:
      • Microsoft Windows XP SP3 (64-bit editions and Starter editions are not supported)
      • Windows Vista SP2 (Starter edition is not supported)
      • Windows 7
    • CPU:
      • Minimum: Pentium III 800 MHz or faster
      • Recommended: For playing/editing the HD movies: Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster (HD FX/HD FH), Intel Core 2 Duo 2.40 GHz or faster (HD PS)
    • Memory: 512 MB or more (for playing/editing HD movies: 1 GB or more)
    • Hard Disk Space: 500 MB or more (for installation)
    • Display: 1024 x 768 dots or more

Macintosh Requirements:

  • USB Connection: OS: Mac OS X (v10.3 to v10.6)
  • Sony Image Data Converter only:
    • OS Pre-Installed: Mac OS X v10.5, v10.6 (Snow Leopard)
    • CPU: Intel Processors, such as Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 1 GB or more is recommended
    • Display: 1024 x768 dots or more

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