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New stock in March 2012 STILL has clicking problems in video.
on 7 March 2012
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 that affected early models. It seems that Sony simply haven't bothered to integrate the fix that resolves the problem into the manufacturing process. I guess Sony still expects its customers to send their newly purchased camera straight back to them for the fix to be applied. Sorry, not good enough! My NEX-5N will be going back to Amazon for a full refund.
I've purchased two Sony cameras within the last year, and both have had major problems. I returned an Alpha A580 because it couldn't focus accurately or consistently (a fairly common problem with this model), and now the NEX-5N is going back because of a problem that should have been picked up in testing and dealt with prior to manufacturing of the camera.
The NEX-5N is great camera for still photography, but if you're vaguely interested in using it to shoot video, it isn't really fit for purpose.