184 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class stills camera and very light and portable
I've been using a Panasonic GF1 for two years now and quite happy with it. It offers good image quality and flexibility - though I must admit I spend most of the time in aperture priority mode and change aperture size to suit the subject and light levels.
I also have a Nikon D700 digital SLR but its just so big and heavy and so often gets left behind in favour...
Published on 3 Nov 2011 by Paul W
27 of 31 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars New stock in March 2012 STILL has clicking problems in video.
I ordered a new NEX-5N on 5th March 2012 direct from Amazon UK (not a marketplace seller). I had been waiting a number of weeks for new stock to arrive, but I was fine with this as I assumed any new stock would be newly manufactured and therefore would have the infamous clicking problem resolved. Wrong!
My NEX-5N exibits the same clicking problem in video...
Published 21 months ago by Albert R
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184 of 191 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First class stills camera and very light and portable,
This review is from: Sony NEX5NKB Compact System Camera Zoom Kit - Black (16.1 MP, SEL 18-55mm Lens) (Electronics)I've been using a Panasonic GF1 for two years now and quite happy with it. It offers good image quality and flexibility - though I must admit I spend most of the time in aperture priority mode and change aperture size to suit the subject and light levels.
I also have a Nikon D700 digital SLR but its just so big and heavy and so often gets left behind in favour of the lighter Panasonic GF1.
What tempted me to upgrade to the Sony NEX 5N was:
1. Sweep panorama feature. This makes creating panorama photos, whereby multiple photos are joined in to one extra wide photo, very easy. To do this normally you'd need a tripod and a fair bit of time and patience. I have created a panorama with my Nikon D700 but it involved carrying a heavy tripod and takes around 15 - 20 minutes including post processing. With the Sony the same thing takes less than a minute and no need for a tripod. I was surprised at how good the results from a Sony Panorama shot are. It tends to work better at the wider end of the 18-55 lens - more hit and miss at the telephoto end with some blurring.
2. Auto HDR. Cameras just can't cope with the wide level of light intensity you get in some scenes in the way our eyes can. One solution is to take multiple photos of a scene at different levels of exposure and then back home process the images with software to create an image that combines the right exposure for the bright areas and also for dark areas. Again this requires a tripod and quite a bit of time. With the Sony NEX 5N it takes just a few seconds! I was bowled over by how good the results are.
What I like about the Sony's auto HDR is its subtle. For example when you have a shot on sunny day and you want both the sky and ground to be correctly exposed. Normally the issue is which do you expose for - sky or ground - but now you can have your cake and eat it and have both correctly exposed - within limits! While its "auto" you can change its settings and sometimes this is necessary to get the best result.
What the auto HDR won't do is create the freaky/alien looking photos you often see people create using HDR. I personally don't like these unnatural looking shots but its personal preference. I just want to make sure shadows retain details and the highlights are not blown out.
3. Light weight and small body. I was surprised how tiny the camera and lens are - even compared to my Panasonic GF1. To compare:
* Panasonic GF1 with zoom lens, battery and inside the smallest case available weighs 710g approx.
* The Sony NEX 5N with battery, zoom lens and case weights just 600g.
* My Nikon D700 with battery, lightweight bag and general purpose zoom is almost 2400g!!!! That's 4 times heavier than the Sony NEX 5N.
4. NEX 5N's amazing high ISO quality. After looking at a number of reviews I realised the Sony NEX 5N has amazingly low levels of noise even at high ISOs of 3200 or 6400.
I did some test shots with the old Panasonic GF1 and the new Sony NEX 5N and there's just no competition. Its not like its a subtle difference you really have to look for - the difference is huge. I guess ISO 800 on the Panasonic is just about on a par with 3200 on the Sony - even then the Sony is marginally better in terms of noise. High ISO images are not just less noisy but the colours are punchier than the Panasonic.
I used to avoid above ISO 800 on my Panasonic GF1 but with the Sony NEX 5N I'm happy to go up to ISO 3200 and know the results will still be good. Even ISO 6400 is acceptable - things do get a bit noisy after that though.
I also compared the Sony NEX 5N to my full frame Nikon D700 DSLR - which is known for having excellent high ISO capabilities. The Nikon high ISO images are very slightly better - less grainy, less noise and punchier. But the difference is very small until you get to ISO 6400 and above, then the Nikon is clearly better but the Sony gives the Nikon a run for its money. At ISO 3200 viewing images on screen at 100% you can see a very slight difference - but at normal print size I think you'd struggle to tell the two apart.
5. LCD display that tilts. This didn't influence my decision to buy the Sony but something I have found useful since buying the camera. The ability to shoot over a crowd ( or low on the ground ) and flip the screen so I can still see it is definitely very useful, though not something I use all the time.
For me the pro's more than outweigh the cons but here are the downsides:
1. The Sony has very flexible controls - not quite as easy to use as the Panasonic. The Panasonic GF1 has more buttons that act as short cuts to changing ISO setting, camera mode, etc. You can program the Sony buttons but there's not quite enough physical buttons for all the settings I need - so occasionally there can be some going through menus. Not a major chore but it does lose out to the GF1 in this respect. However I notice the newer Panasonic's don't have the buttons of the GF1 anyway.
2. Range of E mount lenses if quite limited. For most people its just about enough. The kit lens is good but not stellar - option to buy a better quality general purpose lens would be nice - but then perhaps it'd also be heavy - spoiling the Sony's light weight advantage. I understand from the Internet more lens are likely to be released in 2012 but nothing definite.
3. Clicks during video filming. A problem so wide spread Sony now has a news announcement on its site telling you about it and recommending you send the camera back. Sony have promised to fix the issue for later production I would say until current stocks are used up the issue will remain. I guess if you buy this camera in 2012 the issue will be solved. But it certainly wasn't with the camera I bought in early November 2011.
I use the camera as a still camera mostly and the clicks I find moderately annoying rather than show stopping - so rather than part with the camera I've not sent it back.
4. Ok build quality but you'd not want to knock it around too much! Unlike Nikon D700 which is built like and tank and feels as heavy as one - the Sony doesn't feel like it could take too much abuse. Don't get me wrong its well built but the SLR does win in terms of the level of abuse it can take - especially water. The Nikon is semi waterproof and I have used it in the rain - I don't dare test the Sony but I doubt it would survive a heavy rain shower.
Overall I'm really pleased with this camera. Good image quality - some genuinely useful features and very lightweight for this type of camera. But if movies are your priority wait a few months till they fix the click issue.
5. Battery life. I could take the Panasonic GF1 on holiday for a week, shoot a couple of hundred photos and still have loads of battery life left. I've not yet holidayed with the Sony but after a day out taking around 30 or 40 photos it was down to 70% ( very approx ). I guess time will tell how well the battery does but I think a spare would be useful.
6. Lens flare with Sony 18-55mm kit lens. I've been on a few day trips with the camera and have noticed its very susceptible to lens flare - much more so than any other lens I've owned ( and I've owned quite a few over the years ). In a recent photo the sun was actually not in frame but shining strongly from the left hand side - even with the lens hood that caused flare.
Its not a disaster - lens flare doesn't happen every time and often its quite small but certainly something this lens seems prone to compared to the kit lens on my Panasonic GF1.
7. Issues with battery compatibility. At the same time as buying the camera I bought the "Sony NPFW50 Battery for NEX/A33/A55" from Amazon themselves ( not a marketplace seller ). But while the battery is the same size, when I installed it an "Incompatible battery" message appears and the camera shuts off!
I contacted Sony support but they were distinctly unhelpful and said must be a fault with the camera - even though the battery it came with works perfectly. I notice a search on the Internet shows I'm not alone in suffering from this issue. It seems sometimes batteries work, sometimes they don't - but not easy to be sure which will and which won't. I assumed because I bought a genuine Sony one it would work - at least I assume its genuine! I wonder if there's a firmware issue with the NEX 5N but don't have enough evidence to be sure.
*** Gotcha to watch out for ***
May just have been my bad luck but when my Sony arrived all batteries main battery and also internal battery for storing settings were drained.
I charged up the main battery but hadn't been aware of the internal battery. So when I tried to set the date it appeared to work, but when I checked it'd not saved the date changes.
I must have spent 20 minutes thinking I'd done something wrong - but each time I tried the date just wouldn't stay set and when I tried to take a photo nothing happened!
Eventually I discovered in the manual that the internal battery gets charged up over time by the main battery.
After an hour of leaving the charged main battery in, the internal battery was charged enough to store the date and actually take photos.
*** Update 25 May 2012 ***
I've taken almost a thousand photos now with this camera.
Having used the camera now for a while my impressions are:
1. Still image quality is really, really good.
2. Its a very lightweight and portable camera - I use it with a Sony NEX LCS-BBF Carry Pouch for NEX with 18 - 55mm Lens - Grey case which fits the camera and lens well and adds very little weight. Because its so lightweight and small I now often take my camera with me - bigger cameras I've owned often got left at home.
3. The Sony 18-55mm lens is very good. Its especially good between 24mm and 35mm. I purchased a Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN for Sony E-mount Cameras because its very small and light and assumed being a fixed lens it'd produce higher quality images. In fact there's nothing between the two lenses at 30mm.
4. Where the Sony 18-55mm lens is weaker is at the 18mm end - especially wide open ( f3.5 or f4 ). Stopping down to f5.6 produces better image quality. I also purchased the Sigma 19mm f2.8 lens and this does give a noticeable improvement in image quality - especially at f4 and below but even at f8 to f11. The corners are where the most improvements is noticed. I take a lot of landscape shots and almost half at at 18mm - so now I often use the 19mm Sigma instead.
5. Sony provide RAW image conversion software - which produces terrible results when using the 18-55mm lens when compared to the JPG produced by the camera. Even Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop don't produce quite as good results as the camera can. However the reverse is true when using the Sigma 19mm lens - RAW images in Lightroom are much, much better than the JPG produced by the camera.
6. If you want the smallest and lightest bag possible then the Lowepro Apex 60AW Digital Camera Pouch To Fit Panasonic TZ6, TZ7, Canon G10, Canon SX200, A1100 - Black is the best choice if using the Sigma 19mm or 30mm lenses ( which are smaller than the 18-55 Sony ). I've not tried it but the 18-55mm lens may just fit but it'd be a very tight squeeze!
7. The menus take a little getting used to but the ability to have customised buttons saves the day and makes this a usable camera. Without the customisable buttons it'd be a nightmare to navigate menus for simple setting changes.
8. Battery life is fantastic. Two batteries are enough to last a weeks holiday and still have some spare power left. I don't bother taking the charger on holiday - two batteries is enough.
I've had this camera 7 months now and its the best small camera I've ever had. Image quality continues to wow me and its so easy to carry around.
I recommend the 18-55mm lens and if you take landscape shots the Sigma 19mm lens. The Sony 55mm-210mm lens is well worthwhile if you plan wildlife shooting.
I also recommend the Sony NEX LCS-BBF Carry Pouch for NEX with 18 - 55mm Lens - Grey case. Or with the Sigma lenses then the Lowepro Apex 60AW Digital Camera Pouch To Fit Panasonic TZ6, TZ7, Canon G10, Canon SX200, A1100 - Black case is the smallest one that fits the camera.
*** Update 28 April 2012 ***
I often shoot RAW files ( usually RAW + JPG ). The Sony Image Data Converter 4.0 Software can convert RAW files to JPG. However it does a shockingly bad job when compared to the JPG created in camera. Images suffer badly from chromatic aberrations and look - especially in the corners - a bit blurred.
I think the reason is the camera itself knows about the lens used and its weaknesses - such as distortion and chromatic aberration issues. It uses this info to correct using its internal software the problems. However Sony Image Data Converter 4.0 Software appears not to attempt any corrections - you get the image with all its faults.
You can also use software such as Adobe Lightroom 4.0 - as I do - to convert RAW images. This does a much better job than Sony Image Data Converter 4.0 Software. However Lightroom still doesn't correct as many of the lens faults as the camera itself can. So its worth always shooting either JPG or RAW + JPG.
*** Update 7 March 2012 ***
Video quality is excellent from the camera - but I couldn't bear the clicking. My parter has no plans to use the video feature so I gave my old one to her and bought a new one off Amazon.
I'm pleased to say in the new silver one I received today ( 7th March 2012 ) the clicking issue was largely resolved. However be aware clickers are still being sold - Sony didn't pull them back in but instead let them be sold to unsuspecting consumers - which personally I think is shameful and does nothing for their reputation. I guess over time there will be less and less clickers in the wild.
It does still click - but less often and when it does its a much quieter click. To be honest you'd have to really listen out for the clicking to notice it. With the original NEX 5N you didn't have to listen carefully - the clicking was loud and proud and not ashamed to show itself!
Having put the clicking issue behind me I've taken a few videos and the image quality is excellent. It probably doesn't autofocus as fast as my camcorder but its good enough for general use. Image quality is very similar to my old ( 2009 ) and over £1000 Sony top end consumer camcorder.
*** Update ***
After using this for a month now I'm still very pleased with the still images. The sweep panorama has been useful but what's really been great is the auto HDR - used at around 3 to 4 stops difference it really can capture more of the extremes of lighting - very useful for sunsets or exceptionally bright days. I've found at 5 or 6 stops difference the loss of contrast makes the scene look a bit flat.
The autofocus doesn't seem to be quite as quick to focus as the old Panasonic in difficult situations ( moving targets or low light ) but its more than good enough.
The movie mode however sucks big time! I did a short moving while slowly walking along a coastal path - and despite the background noise all I could hear in the recording was "click...click...click..click" Its not subtle of something you have to listen out for - its loud and proud and in your face. Which makes the camera useless for videos unless you remove the audio.
It rarely clicks if you stand stock still and don't move at all. Start to pan or walk and its " click...click...click".
It worries me that Sony say they have a fix that "reduces" the clicking - I would expect NO clicking at all except in extreme circumstances.
Videoing is a disappointment - in fact I usually use my smartphone for videos as the clicking annoys me too much!
67 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It goes clickety-click! (edit - NOT any more...),
This review is from: Sony NEX5NKB Compact System Camera Zoom Kit - Black (16.1 MP, SEL 18-55mm Lens) (Electronics)After reading DPReview's glowing review, I bought the 5n for its stills and video capabilities. It's has a tiny body but very powerful facilities. Seems like a great camera even if it is a bit short on available lenses which are large by way of contrast since the sensor is large too. Still, lots of old cheap manual lenses and adapters are available. The 5n has lots of nice functions - 'peaking' being a major one for manual focusing, 1080p/60 video, APS-C sensor, very low sensor noise at high ISOs, very good jpeg engine, clear lcd, EVF option, touch screen, etc. Great stuff!
Sadly, Sony got it terribly wrong with the video audio - it clicks. Any movement up down or panning will cause a clicking sound to appear in the audio. Perhaps not all have this fault but a large number does from what I can see. Sony seems to imply unusual sudden movement is needed to cause clicks. In my case it is not, simply moving it causes it to click - as in filming a child or pet or car or anything that moves. Surely a hand-held video camera should not make clicks as it is moved. Who wants to watch a video punctuated by clicks? Sony of course thoroughly tested it before marketing it...
Seems Sony USA has acknowledged the fault and offers a warranty fix (which reduces the clicks rather than removing them completely) whilst Sony UK has not - as far as I can see. So, I will return the camera to Amazon for a refund and await for Sony to sell the 5n without the hideous clicking noise. I am very disappointed in Sony.
I now have a later NEX 5n which is free of the audio click problem - so I now give it the full *****.
Alas, as is life, one other problem reared it's head and that is the internal battery. Mine arrived drained. When I inserted a charged external battery the menus etc came up but it kept asking me to set the date every time I switched it on which I did but it would not shoot after focus. WT! The solution to this after reading the small print at the back of the manual is simple: cancel the date - top right on screen. You can then shoot using the default date until the internal battery is charged. Mine took some 12 hours. So, now I have a fully functional camera. Looks like Sony has cleared the backlog of audio clickers.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best camera I've owned,
This review is from: Sony NEX5NKB Compact System Camera Zoom Kit - Black (16.1 MP, SEL 18-55mm Lens) (Electronics)I've been taking photographs for many many years. Not long ago, when we gave up the family photography business, we sold off our professional Canon 5D full frame DSLR gear and the professional Sony FX7E HD camcorder, and I started off with a Lumix FZ100 just for hobbying. Dreadful. I gave up after a few months.
After much research I decided on the NEX 5N and the 18-55 lens. I am now prepared to state that this is the best camera I have owned. It's perfectly adequately replaced BOTH the Canon and the camcorder. I have never before experienced such a high proportion of pictures which are spot on straight out of the camera - even the Canon's results needed much tweaking. It's HD movie results are, while not up to the standard of the pro triple sensor FX7E, superb. And all of this in a tiny almost-pocketable camera. I really can't praise this camera highly enough, except for one tiny tiny little moanette - the 18 to 55, while a fabulous sharp lens, just doesn't quite focus in as close as I, keen on macro, would like it to, but that doesn't reduce my star rating. That doesn't matter now, as I've added the excellent 30mm macro, capable of 1:1, to my arsenal, and now I just couldn't be photographically happier.
47 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Picture Perfect,
This review is from: Sony NEX5NDB Compact System Camera Double Lens Kit (16.1 MP, SEL 1855mm and SEL 16F28mm Lens) (Electronics)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)I have been using a NEX-5 for over a year and was therefore very interested to see what changes had been made to the NEX-5N and whether these represent a step change. The fact is that the NEX-5 is such a strong contender that I found it difficult to imagine that the NEX-5N would offer anything more than a few tweaks.
At the headline level, the NEX-5N offers about 13% more pixels - 16.1 to the NEX-5's 14.2. The touch screen menus and an additional pivot for the LCD screen offer a more dextrous feel and the more versatile digital zoom adds significantly to the functionality.
One attribute both versions have in common is the fact that they are suitable for the full range of users from the snapshot amateur to the semi professional. The former can choose to stick with automatic options that produce stunning images but there are a host of shooting options (and associated help) available at your fingertips via the touch-screen LCD to keep the more intense photographer happy.
This is a compact and lightweight item of kit, which makes it an ideal companion on a holiday as it doesn't take up a lot of space or make you feel as though you are carrying a ton of equipment.
Fantastic still shot capabilities combine with very high quality video so there is no need to double up on equipment if you like to take both media. I have been able to put the camera in a pocket even with the 18-55mm lens fitted without feeling bulked out.
* Setting Up
The battery needs to be charged for four hours to achieve a full charge. This provides around an hour of HD video footage or enables hundreds of photographs to be taken. The battery slots into place in the base of the camera alongside the memory card.
One minor tip based on my own 'failure to fully read manual before playing with camera'. When the camera is switched on for the first time you are automatically prompted to set the date and time. It is intuitive and seems straightforward but I found that the settings didn't take and the camera prompted me to re-enter this information each time I switched it on over the course of an hour or so. I was also unable to take any photographs or film. I thought that the camera was faulty and did not find the explanation until I reached page 84 of the manual; it appears that both issues are to do with an internal battery that needs to be charged up when the camera is in use and it can appear to be glitchy until this has occurred. Around an hour after the fully charged battery was installed the date and time settings seemed to 'stick' and the camera suddenly sprang to life and allowed pictures to be taken.
NOTE: The one essential item that is not included with the camera is any form of memory card. You will need to purchase one before you can truly start to experiment with the camera. I use a SDHC class 10 card, which enables fast shooting without any discernable time lags or loss of data.
* Picture and Video Quality
These are both superb. When new to the camera, the automatic options will enable you to immediately take great images without very much effort, even in very low light levels. Your skills can be honed via the host of shooting options easily accessed via the menu but I know that, even if I have to grab the camera to catch something unexpected, the resultant shot will be good.
* LCD vs. Viewfinder
One of my first digital cameras was the Sony F828; it incorporated both a view finder and small LCD screen so the lack of a view finder with the NEX-5 and NEX-5N was not a culture shock for me and I have not found it has compromised my ability to take the shots I want. Sony do now offer either an electronic or optical viewfinder to fit the NEX-5N; it is not included as part of the normal camera package but can be purchased separately.
* Touch LCD Screen
This is a new feature to the NEX-5N and makes navigating through the onscreen menus a much easier and faster option. As the camera does not have a view finder this screen is the only means by which to compose shots so I have added a screen protector to guard against scratches, which has not impaired either the visual quality of the screen or the sensitivity to touch.
The LCD screen can be tilted up to sit at almost 90 degrees to the camera body, which makes it much easier to monitor what you are taking when the camera is on a tripod or held at low level. The screen can then also be tilted to face down (sitting in a v-shape at about 30 degrees to the camera), which would make it easier to take shots above the head, for example.
Lots of information can be accessed and displayed on this screen, so you do not have to study the 94 page instruction manual for days before you can hit the road.
One increasingly useful feature offered via this screen is the ability to tell the camera what your main subject matter is; in an otherwise crowded arena, a simple touch on your subject on the screen helps to ensure it remains in pin sharp focus whatever else is going on or gets in the way.
* Interchangeable Lenses
The camera comes with a 16mm wide angle lens and an 18-55 zoom. These lenses provide a sound base for many requirements, particularly now that the 10x digital zoom can be used with the zoom lens rather than just the single focus lens.
Sony offer a range of fully compatible lenses to purchase separately, including an 18-200mm zoom that allows you to get much closer to some action and a fisheye convertor for ultra wide angle shots.
* In Summary
This is a lovely camera that offers the portability and convenience of a compact without compromising the results; you don't need to be an expert, or know the manual inside out, to achieve good results with this camera. It does the hard work for you.
Where does it stand in relation to the NEX-5? The hardware changes are nice to have as opposed to essentials but the digital zoom really does enable the full benefit of all those pixels to be capitalised upon. There will still be NEX-5 stock around at a differential which offers the opportunity to pick up a real bargain on a brilliant camera. However, the NEX-5N with its digital zoom opens up entirely new dimensions for this very well thought out piece of kit.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once you get over the size difference it's a really great camera,
This review is from: Sony NEX5N YB 16.1 MP Compact System Camera Double Lens Kit - Black (SEL 18-55mm and SEL 55-210mm Lens) (Electronics)I just bought the Sony NEX 5N camera kit consisting go the 18-55 and 55-200mm lenses. I am normally somewhat sceptical about the performance of so called "kit" lenses supplied with a camera body, however in this case I have so far been pleasantly surprised. The lens seems to be reasonably solidly buiilt with an aluminium outer tube. The inner extending lens tube is made of plastic, and it does wobble slightly but I have not noticed any effect on picture quality so far. The lens is not perfect and there is noticeable pincushion as well as Barrel distortion. I have been an avid supporter of the programme "DXO Optics" which in addition to correcting over and under exposure has lens specific correction tables for barrel and pincushion distortion. I was excited to discover that the NEX-5N had built in compensation for vignetting as well as these lens distortions.
I tested this out by taking shots both "raw" and "jpeg" and could easily see that the camera was correcting the lenses aberrations. I am very pleased by this and have started just taking "jpegs" for the time being as the onboard processing seems to be doing an excellent job.
All in all I am very pleased with my purchase.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just spent 2 months travelling with it...,
Just to let you know...I'm not a pro photographer! I would classify myself as an 'enthusiastic amateur' i guess, I have a decent knowledge of ISO, aperture shutter speeds and so on, which is where this camera is aimed at. Its aimed at compact upgraders and people who want 'DSLR quality pictures'. This camera definitely delivers.
I will break the review down to Hardware, Software, Lenses, Pros and Cons.
Hardware - 5/5
This camera is fantastically well built. It has an extremely solid weighty feel, I especially like the deep hand grip. If you are using this camera with any other lens than the 16mm however you will probably find yourself carrying the camera via the Lens.
The touch screen works well, however to be honest I very rarely find myself using it. It can be handy when using tracking focus (touching the screen to select the camera to focus on that particular subject) the soft buttons are customisable so I found myself using those. The screen itself is of an extremely high quality and its fantastic to view images on.
All of the buttons on the rear of the camera have a very sturdy solid feel to them and click satisfyingly.
Software - 4/5
The software overall works well. you can get to most of the different menus and in a couple of clicks. However there are a few things that are very hidden which possibly shouldn't be. For example it takes several different menus to change the autofocus. Everything feels like it takes a couple of seconds to long.
However the software is functional and its easy enough to change to different modes, for example change from auto to aperture priority it can take a click, wheel scroll and click.
Lenses - 3/5
The lenses that are available for the camera are very limited (and expensive!) the 18-55mm that comes with the camera is a very good all round lens. I used this for the vast majority of the trip. I also invested in the 50mm In the states which is incredible for portraits with its 1.8 aperture giving you deep blurring and great general shooting (highly recommended)
This camera is very compact with unbelievable image quality. Its a fantastic camera for people upgrading from a standard compact for for advanced users who dont want to lug around a DSLR. I basically never ever needed to use the flash attachment as this camera is unbelievable in low light.
Battery life is amazing. I spent the day around the grand canyon, literally taking pictures all day and the battery only went down to 60%.
The infamous click is present which recording video. I don't really use it for video so it doesn't affect me but its definitely something to be made aware of.
Other than that I struggle to find any real cons for the camera!
I would lightly recommend it, and especially with more and more lenses coming out its a fantastic camera to invest in.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this camera,
I am really glad with my choice as the camera is really simple to use, the menu easy to navigate and the image quality much better than any previous camera I have owned
The overall weight of the camera really depends on the size of the lense attached but it is quite light and can be carried around quite easily. The auto function basically does all of the work and all you have to do is press the shutter button.
The only difficulty I have encountered so far was figuring out how to switch between video and still picture playback which I find a bit tricky. The sound on the video is not brilliant but I could purchase a mike to enhance this if desired. I bought he camera to take still pictures so this does not present much of a problem.
Overall I am very happy wih this camera and would recommend it highly.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Camera,
This review is from: Sony NEX5N YB 16.1 MP Compact System Camera Double Lens Kit - Black (SEL 18-55mm and SEL 55-210mm Lens) (Electronics)I recently decided to rekindle my interest in photography after ditching all of the gear in favour a more compact camera a few years ago, but always got put off by having to go back to the bulky camera and lenses so decided that I would go for one of the System cameras. I have always discounted cameras from electronic companies in favour of traditional camera manufacturers, so it was with some trepidation that I looked at the Sony Nex 5N after reading a number of reviews on it but it seemed to tick all the boxes and I eventually took the plunge and bought one with the 18-55mm and 55-210mm lenses and I do not regret the decision. The main feature that attracted me to it was the sensor size. You get the convenience of a compact camera with the image quality and flexibility of an SLR.
Shortly after buying it I went on holiday and so had plenty of opportunity to get used to all of the features of the camera, and there are plenty. The menu system is quite logical and it didn't take me long to get used to it. I bought a spare battery but, so far, I haven't needed it even with a few full days of taking pictures and video.
The low light capability is very good and on the few occasions when I have used the included flash I have found it to be perfectly adequate.
The LCD screen is clear and bright but I did find in the bright Greek sunshine that I struggled to always get a clear view of the image and ended up with incorrect focussing on some shots so on my return I bought the Electronic Viewfinder which I have yet to really try out what with the English weather being what it is!
Both lenses give excellent results and feel well built and solid with smooth zoom and focussing operation. Another reviewer commented that you would probably end up carrying the camera around by the lens and they are quite right, certainly with the 55-210mm lens fitted it dwarfs the camera.
If you are looking for a compact but very flexible camera system I don't think there is a better one out there.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Camera now replacing my Dslr,
This review is from: Sony NEX5NDB Compact System Camera Double Lens Kit (16.1 MP, SEL 1855mm and SEL 16F28mm Lens) (Electronics)After spending a great deal of time researching CSC camera's, and being very tempted by the Nex7, I finally opted for the 5N. The full size sensor was important, as were the overall dimensions, as I travel widely with only hand luggage. For almost half the price of the Nex7, I was able to purchase this with two lenses. I have been using it extensively in the last two weeks and can honestly say it exceeds what were already high expectations. I use the touch screen spot focus facility far more than I would have imagined; the flip screen is sharp and clear even in bright sunshine (I normally use the viewfinder on my dslr's and was thinking of buying the optional one available for this camera, but now I'm not so sure I'm going to need it). The photo quality is superb, and yet even with the 18-55 zoom fitted, it does actually fit into my coat pocket. I take mainly stills, but the video quality is stunning - and no hint of any 'clicking' reported in some reviews (some of whom seem to suggest it happens when they vigorously shake the camera - what's that all about?!)
Would really recommend this to anyone used to dslr's who wants a great travel camera. I find it's rapidly becoming my camera of choice in all situations...
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sony Turn it to 11,
This review is from: Sony NEX5NDB Compact System Camera Double Lens Kit (16.1 MP, SEL 1855mm and SEL 16F28mm Lens) (Electronics)
Customer review from the Amazon Vine Programme (What's this?)When I bought my Nex5 a year ago it felt like a total revelation - the discovery that the camera could do more of the work in taking photos. At about 1/3 the size of my Canon EOS 7D it is also a lot easier to carry around with you. In the intervening year I have taken 1000s of photos with the Nex5 and it moved from my camera bag into my laptop bag and as such saw a lot more action day to day.
Two things major items won me over with the NEX5; the excellent sensor that was almost as good as the one in my 7d; and light years ahead of similar sized compact cameras and the fantastic sony software that let you take photos that are just not possible with my canon without carrying extra equipment with you or sitting with photoshop open in the office. Reading the specs on the Nex5n it seems like Sony have just turned the dial on everything to 11; the Nex5 had Face Tracking autofocus - the 5n lets you save favourites and it focus on those faces in preference to others for example.
Once its out of the box and all charged up (and strangely that is a two step operation - charge the battery and then leave it in the camera for a few minutes so the camera can charge up from the battery) it feels better; there is more metal in the case and you can feel it - and not in the weight as its actually lighter. In your hand the redesigned grip feels more rubbery and gives you more confidence with the camera in your hand. On the vanity front it looks far better in black than the silver of my Nex5.
The biggest change that I think any user of the previous generation Nex would have wanted is that the large screen on the back be; and now is, a touchscreen. It makes life with the camera that little bit easier and opens up some new creative features. If you have used a touchscreen phone and are used to touch to focus you will find that here; click on something to focus on it. The Sony Nex5n's software adds tracking though; once you have chosen your focus you can move the camera around the scene and it does its best to keep the focus on the item you clicked on - just the thing for framing up more interesting photos (or tracking kids as they move around.) When you press the shutter button it still takes a photo more or less instantly there is no lag - and the sony can keep taking photos at up to 10fps which better than my Canon 7d - just so long as your memory card can keep up and as the sensor has 16 megapixels now - has the space. The extra resolution in the sensor is not just marketing bluster either; in a comparison with the Nex5 there is a clear difference in the fine details; it doesn't seem to have come at a cost in low light images either. I have uploaded 3 to the page; all of them were taken in Belfast in November 2011 hopefully these will show you what the camera can do far better than the text.
It the ability to take lots of photos in a very short time that made the original Nex Software such a revelation - things I would have done manually on my computer are done in the camera in a few seconds. Sony is very proud and advertised heavily its Sweep Panorama which lets you pan the camera around and in the body stitches all the frames together for you into a single image; the NEX5N can also do this in 3d too - you get the 3d effect on your 3d Tv. My personal favourites though are Twilight mode and the HDR setting; twilight mode lets you take quite sharp photos at dusk / night without a tripod - and as the camera fits in a pocket (with the 16mm lens anyway) this greatly reduces what you need to carry around with you. The HDR mode easily helps you take a photo that looks more natural by combining images taken at different exposures into a single shot you end up with a photo with more detail in the shadows and the bright areas. Using these features does eat into the battery life; but you can certainly take several hundred photos without the clip on flash; and if you are using these features you likely don't need the flash a lot of the time anyway.
As you get used to the camera and want to experiment to get more interesting features you can step away from the automatic modes and eventually get to the full manual mode. One nice feature of the Nex's in all modes is the screen is live so as you change the aperture or shutter time the screen shows you a preview of the photo you are going to take - complete with depth of field and brightness so pressing the shutter gets you what you see.
Given that I am still so happy with my Nex5 how does the NEX5n move me? Well the short answer is they haven't made anything worse Sony have only added to or improved the features on a camera I already felt was very special. A Nex5 with a considerably better sensor, faster shutter, Touchscreen, better autofocus / exposure has to be 5 stars.
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