A 16.1-million-pixel sensor, LCD touchscreen and increased shooting rate to 10fps are just three of the upgrades to Sony’s NEX-5N compact system camera. We put it to the test

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Sony NEX-5N


Sony NEX-5N review


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Dynamic Range

Once again, the Sony IMX071 performs very well. DxO Labs (www.dxomark.com) measures the NEX-5N as having a dynamic range of 12.7EV, which makes it the highest rated CSC it has tested to date, beating the 12.2EV of the NEX-C3.

In use, the dynamic range is a match for most DSLR cameras, with minimal blown-out highlights in high-contrast scenes. Of course, the usual Sony dynamic range optimiser (DRO) effects are included, and with the low level of noise these work very well in reducing the contrast of a scene to reveal shadow and highlight details. If this isn’t enough, in-camera HDR creation is also possible.

Resolution, Noise & dynamic range:  These images show 72ppi (100% on a computer screen) sections of images of a resolution chart, captured using the kit lens set to 50mm (75mm equivalent). We show the section of the resolution chart where the camera starts to fail to reproduce the lines separately. The higher the number visible in these images, the better the camera’s detail resolution at the specified sensitivity setting.

  1. 1. Features
  2. 2. Build and handling
  3. 3. Metering
  4. 4. Noise, Resolution and Sensitivity
  5. 5. Dynamic Range
  6. 6. White Balance and Colour
  7. 7. Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video
  8. 8. Autofocus
  9. 9. Verdict
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