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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Viewfinder, LCD, Live View and Video

Although it is now touch-compatible, the 3in LCD screen retains the 921,600-dot resolution and tilting articulation. As with previous Sony NEX and Alpha cameras, the articulation works well, particularly for low angles, and the screen is bright and vivid.

Sony’s new optional EVF, the FDA-EV1S, fits in the accessory port on top of the camera. As discussed earlier, this has the same resolution as the EVF found in the top-of-the-range NEX-7, but costs a pricey £319. When you add the cost of the NEX-5N to the cost of the EVF, it is a better option to buy the NEX-7, with its higher resolution, in the first place. Also, the optional EVF isn’t compatible with the original NEX-5, or the NEX-3 or NEX-C3.

  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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