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Sony NEX5DB Alpha Compact System Camera - 16mm F2.8 and 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Lens Black

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  • 14.2 megapixels Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor - Large (APS-C size) image sensor captures very high resolution, low noise images with the quality of a DSLR camera: also supports HD video shooting
  • 1080i HD movie - One-touch movie record captures crisp, detail-packed AVCHD video clips and stereo sound for enjoying on connected BRAVIA® TV
  • Sweep Panorama with 3D - Capture extra-wide images and view in 3D on compatible TV (3D requires firmware update July 2010).
  • .5cm/3" tilt-angle TruBlack LCD - Photo-quality (921k dot) screen with TruBlack technology for bright, extremely high contrast image preview
  • High speed burst shooting - Capture fast-moving action with rapid burst shooting up to 7 frames per second (fixed AF)

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 11.1 x 5.9 cm ; 227 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.2 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: NEX5DB.CEH
  • ASIN: B003OUX6TU
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jun. 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 66,231 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

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Supreme quality in a slim and light design

Step up to super fast, Digital SLR photography in a camera that’s no bigger or heavier than an everyday digital compact. The slim and stylish NEX-5N is a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera weighing just 210 grams with exceptionally high performance, fast shooting response and simple touch screen operation. Discover the creative benefits of a sophisticated DSLR without compromising on size or weight. NEX-5N is slim enough to slip in and out of a bag or pocket – a perfect combination of portability, performance and ease of use.

Compact go-anywhere shooting

Take your NEX-5N wherever you go. Despite being equipped with a large APS-C size sensor and touch screen, this lightweight camera in magnesium alloy is small enough to carry around without weighing you down. Just 23.3mm thick at its thinnest point, NEX-5N is even slimmer than the award-winning NEX-5 with a sleek minimalist design that looks beautiful and fits comfortably in the hand.

Discover the creative benefits of a sophisticated DSLR without compromising on size or weight. Slim enough to slip in and out of a bag or pocket – a perfect combination of portability, performance and ease of use.
Discover the creative benefits of a sophisticated DSLR without compromising on size or weight. Slim enough to slip in and out of a bag or pocket – a perfect combination of portability, performance and ease of use.
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Capture memories in supreme D-SLR quality

Small it may be but this camera performs like a pro. On board is a large, high resolution Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor with 16.1 megapixels so you can take D-SLR quality images with intense colour, rich tonal gradation and subtle background defocusing effects. This sophisticated sensor is similar in size and performance to those used in Sony a digital SLR cameras and more than 13 times larger than the 1/2.4" sensors found in most digital compact cameras.
Combined with a fast BIONZ image processor, the sensor provides crystal clear, low noise images and improved reproduction of fine details. As well as ensuring true-to-life pictures, BIONZ also provides the advanced processing power needed for high-speed contrast-detection AF, Sweep Panorama image stitching and Hand-held Twilight image composition. A maximum ISO sensitivity of 25600 - the highest ISO sensitivity in an interchangeable lens camera* - gives you the freedom to shoot at fast shutter speeds even in dimly lit environments to minimize camera shake or blur.

Rapid response everytime

With the world’s fastest release time lag of just 0.02 seconds* and high speed AF, NEX-5N gives you the flexibility to capture fast, dynamic action the moment it happens. This impressive release time lag – the time it takes the camera to begin image exposure after focusing – is due to a new electronic front shutter curtain and accelerating readout from the image sensor plus enhanced AF performance and image processing. New Object Tracking keeps moving subjects in perfect focus even while zooming in by locking on to them in the target frame so you can concentrate solely on composing your scene.

Total control at your fingertips

Touch the large 3.0” electrostatic touch screen and take full charge of your photography. Adjusting settings, capturing scenes and viewing photos is more convenient than ever. Control background defocus with one finger using a touch-sensitive indicator and bring a subject into focus simply by touching it on screen. You can use the touch screen along with the control wheel and soft keys to handle almost every camera operation for total ease and comfort.

New enhanced Picture Effect lets you modify images by changing colours, adding textures or including special visual effects – all without a PC.
New enhanced Picture Effect lets you modify images by changing colours, adding textures or including special visual effects – all without a PC.
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Creative photography by touch Keep it simple. A new Photo Creativity Touch interface gives you easy control of creative functions. Touch the Photo Creativity icon in Intelligent Auto mode to experience the artistic satisfaction of creative photography. Access seven different functions and settings by moving a finger over the touch screen including Picture Effect, Background Defocus Control, Soft Skin Effect, Colour, Brightness, Vividness and Self Timer or Continuous Advance. Better still, the effects of various settings can be viewed in real-time on the LCD monitor.
For maximum creativity, Picture Effect lets you modify images by changing colours, adding textures or including special visual effects – all without a PC. Transform simple shots into works of art using modes such as Toy Camera or Partial Colour. Choose from 11 Picture Effect modes including new HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Soft Focus and Miniature. You can even adjust the level of some effects for total creative control.

One touch movies and 3D photos

Capture your memories anyway you choose. Press the MOVIE button to film Full HD video in razor-sharp detail at 50p with stereo sound – a first for an interchangeable lens camera with an APS-C size sensor*. The large size and high image quality of the sensor minimises noise when shooting in low light. Still pictures are clear and precise with 16.1 megapixels and the freedom to use a range of E-mount interchangeable lenses. You can also shoot high resolution landscapes in 3D with 3D Sweep Panorama. This impressive feature captures two Sweep Panorama images from a single series of photos, then creates a high resolution 3D image for viewing on a 3D compatible TV.

Direct your very own films with advanced high quality Full HD video with 16.1 megapixels.
Direct your very own films with advanced high quality Full HD video with 16.1 megapixels.
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Take great portraits

Face Detection allows the camera to instantly recognize up to eight faces and adjust focus, exposure, image processing and flash for the best possible image quality. Now this popular feature can also be used when shooting movies and includes Face Registration for prioritizing previously registered faces. Also works with Smile Shutter so you can capture all those special expressions from your family and friends. New Soft Skin Effect automatically removes wrinkles and improves skin tones in faces, making shooting portraits even more fun.

Fast Continuous shooting

Capture spur-of-the-moment shots with Speed Priority Continuous mode at up to 10 frames per second – the fastest continuous shooting speed among mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras*. With focus and exposure fixed at the first frame, this mode is ideal for shooting sports and fast-moving action scenes.

Advanced photographic features

NEX-5N is packed with latest technology to help you create perfect photos. From aberration correction, Auto HDR and D-Range Optimizer to MF Assist and Peaking for easier manual focusing, you’ll have all the tools you need to maximize every shot. Take stunning night shots with Hand-held Twilight and beautiful indoor portraits with Anti-Motion Blur. Plus with Intelligent Auto and Scene Selection modes, everything is fully automatic so you can really just point and shoot.

Compatible with E-mount lenses

The Sony NEX-5N comes in black or silver. Kits are available with an 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS standard zoom lens (SEL1855), an SEL1855 and 16mm F2.8 ultra compact wide angle lens (SEL16F28) or an SEL1855 and 55-210mm lens (SEL55210). A variety of optional accessories are available to boost your creative photography including the FDA-EV1S Electronic OLED Viewfinder and the LA-EA2 A-lens mount adapter including industry renowned Translucent Mirror Technology to enable phase-detection AF — the first adapter of its kind in the world*.

*As of July 2011


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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By A reader on 28 July 2010
I'd been on the lookout for a better camera for a while but didn't know exactly what I wanted. My point and shoot (an olympus tough) was great on sunny days but really very average at other times. I didn't want an SLR - they seemed far too complicated, and besides you needed a rucksack for all the kit. I toyed with "better" point and shoots (Canon IXUS) and bridge cameras but nothing really caught my fancy. Then one day while internet browsing I saw a preview of the Nex, and I knew that I had found what I was looking for. Back then I didn't even know how good it actually was!

I plumped for the twin lens kit, on the Nex 5. The Nex 5 has a better build quality than the Nex 3 (magnesium vs plastic) and higher quality HD video (1080 vs 720). It just feels nicer in your hand - I think it's a better shape - and also it is remote shutter release compatible - the Nex 3 isn't. So I felt it was worth the extra ££.

What Sony have done is put a full size sensor from an SLR into a beautiful tiny shiny case - so you get superb quality pictures without the SLR size. Add to this the ability to change lenses, shoot in RAW and access manual controls or just be entirely lazy and let the camera work for you, and you have a recipe for success.

I've had it for 3 weeks and have taken photos everyday. Of everything. Kids playing on swings - kids are pin sharp with lovely action blur. Badminton game - sorted. Landscapes and sunsets - I have a different screensaver each day. Macro - pin sharp bumblebees. Portraits - I've snapped some amazing ones. You name it, it shoots it. Perfectly. A lot of my 'best" shots have been on intelligent auto mode - imagine what you could achieve if you knew what you were doing!!
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74 of 75 people found the following review helpful By D. Wetherill on 26 Jun. 2010
We didn't buy this through Amazon but having been using it for the last week or two now and I felt compelled to leave feedback on the Nex-5 somewhere..

Quite simply, this is a fantastic camera and has far exceeded my (high) expectations. Like the iphone, this camera is a game-changer.

Ok, it doesn't quite live up to the iphone in terms of interface, but the poor reviews regarding UI are to my mind grossly exaggerated. In fact I like it. For some purists I guess the menu may feel slightly different, but I honestly haven't had any problems finding settings and nearly all of what I have wanted to do so far I have found to be readily accessible. It would be a real shame if people were put off from buying and enjoying the NEX-5 based on the nit-picking comments from review sites more used to dealing with professional equipment. I believe people who are interested in the smaller form factor of the NEX range will be quite happy with the balance of level of control and ease of use. Pro's go get yourselves a DSLR! And a tripod. And a bag. And some filters. And a light-meter. And a model. And a studio..

For the non-professional, the NEX-5 everyday stills quality is fabulous. The low-light sensitivity is amazing, especially in HDR mode which works so well even hand-held with live subjects, delivering blur-free results. I honestly haven't used the flash once yet despite using indoors and out at night-time. I love the natural colours you get when not using flash.

The 'background de-focus' (ok - that sounds a bit naff) is ultra-accessible. Just a single click needed and then thumb-wheel control, without the normal worrying about aperture, shutter and ISO settings while your subject loses interest.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By James Mckenzie on 12 May 2011
I was torn between this and a Panasonic Lumix G2. In the end, it came down to one thing: the people who review the NEX 5 are passionate. While most Lumix buyers seem happy, NEX owners seem crazy about the thing.

So I took the plunge. And boy am I happy. Reasons:

1) Picture quality is fantastic - real SLR rivalling stuff.
2) The body is really small. With a 16mm pancake, it passes for a compact and fits in a coat pocket. Even with 18-55 it's light and small.
3) Extremely well made and attractive design. People comment on how it looks a lot.
4) Interface. I like it! A system that gives you full control over the camera while avoiding lots of buttons. Like anything new, it needs a little learning. But only a little.

I used to have a Canon 400D and a Lumix mega-zoom compact. This has replaced both, and I'm very happy indeed.

Having been a big Sony fan 15 years ago I'm pleased to see them come out with hardware that's high quality and genuinely different from the rest of the market. More please!
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By tinytim on 5 Aug. 2010
I have had the nex 5 now for a few weeks, as far as the still photos are concerned, it takes great pics comparable with my nikon slr. Its size is a huge benefit over bulky slr,s.
The lenses are good, the fisheye converter lens is very very good. The build quality is excellent. The interface is not so good, dont get me wrong its not bad its just a little time consuming sometimes you spend longer fiddling around with the menu system than shooting photos. If i had a choice between the nex 5 and my nikon slr i would definitely take the nex 5.

My biggest gripe is the high def recording, the picture quality is very good the sound quality is not so good the microphone is so sensitive it pics up everything, every little movement you make is magnified by the built in microphone, so you hear a lot of noise (bangs and pops). So i bought the optional exterior microphone which i assumed would make things better, it doesn,t it makes things far worse, so for around £80 quid this accessory is not worth it. I suppose some would say well its a camera not a cam corder, and that may be so but for me one of the tempting things about this camera was that it could shoot high quality high definition footage, and it can, but it can not shoot high quality sound.

So to sum up, i like the camera im just a little disappointed about the video.
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