Sony’s second CSC
launch sees the NEX-5 receive a number of significant updates in the form of
the NEX-5n. The most obvious is the jump in sensor resolution, with the NEX-5N
offering 16MP as opposed to 14MP. The burst mode and ISO have also been
updated, as has the movie mode.

Physically the NEX-5N
has changed little from it’s predecessor, with the majority of the improvements
being internal. The two megapixel jump in resolution aside, which puts the
NEX-5N on a par with the Panasonic GH2, the shutter lag is now at an impressive
0.02 seconds. This, along with the rapid AF speed, gives the NEX-5N an
advantage when shooting action.

The ISO range is now
from 100-25600, giving the NEX-5N far more versatility in low light situations.
The burst mode has jumped from 7 to 10fps and the movie mode is now both 1080p
and has full manual control.

The new feature set
offered by the NEX-5N is impressive to say the least, taking the
already-outstanding NEX-5 then making enough alterations to put the camera on a
par with the top CSC models. The touch-screen controls will hopefully speed up
access to manual functionality and other features, and the likes of the 3D Sweep
Panorama and Picture Effect will make creative photography easier for the

The Sony NEX-5N will
be on sale in September, with a price yet to be confirmed.

Sony NEX-5N: Specifications


Camera type

Interchangeable lens digital camera

Lens compatibility

Sony E-mount lenses

Image sensor


APS-C type (23.5 x 15.6mm), “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor with primary color filters

Number of pixels

Approx. 16.1 megapixels (effective),
Approx. 16.7 megapixels (total)

Image sensor aspect ratio


Anti-dust system

Charge protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism

Recording system (still image)

Recording format

JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.2 format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant

Image size (pixels)


L: 4912 x 3264 (16M), M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M), S: 2448 x 1624 (4M)

Image size (pixels)


L: 4912 x 2760 (14M), M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M), S: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)

Image size (pixels) Sweep Panorama

horizontal 12416 x 1856 (23M), vertical 5536 x 2160 (12M), standard:
horizontal 8192 x 1856 (15M), vertical 3872 x 2160 (8.4M)

Image size (pixels)

3D Sweep Panorama

Wide: 7152 x 1080 (7.7M), Standard: 4912 x 1080 (5.3M), 16:9: 1920 x 1080 (2.1M)

Image quality modes

RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Fine , JPEG Standard

Picture Effect

types (15 variations): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro
Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera, Soft
High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature

Creative Style

Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast (-3 to +3 steps),
Saturation (-3 to +3 steps), Sharpness (-3 to +3steps))

Dynamic range functions

Dynamic Range Optimizer Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic Range: Off, Auto
Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV, 1.0EV

Color space

sRGB, Adobe RGB

Recording system (movie)

Recording format

AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive) / MP4

Video compression

MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)

Audio recording format

Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC


AVCHD Ver. 2.0, average bit rate

1920 x 1080

60p: 28Mbps (PS),

60i: 24Mbps (FX), 17Mbps (FH)

24p: 24Mbps (FX), 17Mbps (FH)

MP4 , average bit rate

1440 x 1080 (12Mbps),

VGA (3Mbps)


AVCHD Ver. 2.0, average bit rate

1920 x 1080

50p: 28Mbps (PS),

50i: 24Mbps (FX), 17Mbps (FH)

25p: 24Mbps (FX), 17Mbps (FH)

MP4 , average bit rate

1440 x 1080 12Mbps

VGA 3Mbps



“Memory Stick PRO Duo” , “Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo”, SD memory card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card

Noise reduction


Long exposure NR: On/Off selectable, available of shutter speeds longer than 1 sec.

High ISO NR: High/Normal/Low selectable

White balance


Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem・C.Filter, Custom

WB fine adjustment

G7 to M7,15-step / A7 to B7,15-step

Focus system


Contrast-detection AF

Focus point

25 points

Sensitivity range

EV0 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)

Focus mode

Autofocus, DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus

AF mode

AF-S: Single-shot AF, AF-C: Continuous AF

Focus area

Multi Point (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot selectable

Other features

Tracking focus , Predictive control, Eye-Start AF (with both FDA-EV1S and LA-EA2), Focus lock

AF illuminator

Built-in LED, Range: Approx. 0.3m – Approx. 4.0m (E 16mm F2.8)
Approx. 0.5m – Approx. 3.0m (E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS)

Exposure control

Metering type

1200-zone evaluative metering

Metering sensor

“Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor

Metering sensitivity

EV0 to EV20 (at ISO100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)


Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot

Exposure modes

Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S),
Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama, Anti Motion Blur, Scene

Scene selection

Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports action, Sunset, Night portrait, Night view, Hand-held Twilight

Exposure compensation

+/- 3EV (in 0.3 EV steps)


3 continuous exposures in 0.3 or 0.7 EV steps

AE lock

AE is locked when focus is locked

ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)

ISO100 to 25600 (1 EV step),
AUTO (ISO100 to 3200)



(Optional viewfinder FDA-EV1S or FDA-SV1 is necessary)

LCD Monitor


7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT (Xtra Fine LCD with TruBlack technology)

Touch panel

Electrostatic type

Number of dots (total)

921,600 dots

Brightness control

Auto, Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2)

Sunny Weather mode

Field coverage

Approx. 100%

Adjustable angle

Up by approx. 80 degrees, down by approx. 45 degrees


Graphic Display, Display All Info, Big Font Size Disp, No Disp. Info, Histogram, For viewfinder

Real-time image-adjustment display


Focus check

MF assist(4.8x, 9.5x), Peaking (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)

Face detection


On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off

Face registration, Face selection; Max. number of detectable faces 8

Other features


Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps), Shooting Tips, Help guide

Digital zoom


Precision digital zoom, 1.1x-10x



Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type

Shutter speed

1/4000 to 30 sec, bulb

Flash sync. speed

1/160 sec.

Electronic front shutter curtain

Yes (ON/OFF)

SteadyShot INSIDE (image stabilization)


Not supported (image stabilization supported on lens)




External flash HVL-F7S (supplied) attachable to Smart Accessory Terminal 2

Guide No.

7 (in meters at ISO 100 equivalent)

Flash coverage

16mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)


Pre-flash TTL

Flash compensation

+/- 2EV in 0.3 EV steps

Flash modes

Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync.

Recycling time

Approx. 4 sec

External flash

Smart Accessory Terminal compatible flash HVL-F20S (optional)



Drive modes

Continuous shooting, Speed priority continuous shooting, Self-timer
(10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec delay 3/5
exposures selectable), Bracketing, Remote Cdr (with optional remote
commander RMT-DSLR1)

Speed (max., approx.)

10fps in Speed priority continuous shooting, 3fps in standard continuous shooting

*Varies depending on shooting conditions and memory cards

No. of frame recordable (approx.)

Fine: 10 frames, Standard: 10 frames, RAW: 6 frames, RAW & JPG: 4 frames

*Varies depending on shooting conditions and memory cards



(with or without shooting information RGB histogram &
highlight/shadow warning), 6/12-frame index view, Enlarged display mode
(L: 14x, M: 11x, S: 7.3x, Panorama (Standard): 24x, Panorama (Wide):
34x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec, Off) , Image orientation (On/Off
selectable), Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (Still),
Forward/Rewind (movie), Delete, Protect




PC interface

Hi-speed USB (USB2.0): Mass-storage, MTP

HD output

HDMI mini connector (Type-C) , BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD

Smart Accessory Terminal 2


Compatible OS (USB connection)

Windows XP* SP3, Windows Vista** SP2 , Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS X (v10.3-v10.6)

*64-bit edition and starter edition not supported.

**Starter edition not supported.




Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-SST1 (optional)


Built-in, monaural, Volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7


Compatible standards

Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting

Custom function

Custom key settings





One rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50

Still images

Approx. 430 images (CIPA standard)


Approx. 29 minutes, MP4 format movie for up to Approx. 2 GB.

External power

AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (optional)


With battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo included

Approx. 269 g
Approx. 9.5 oz

Body only

Approx. 210g
Approx. 7.4 oz


mm (W x H x D) excluding protrusions

Approx. 110.8mm x 58.8mm x 38.2 mm
Approx. 4 3/8 × 2 3/8 × 1 9/16 in.

Minimum thickness mm

Approx. 23.3mm / Approx. 15/16 in.
(without grip and mount)

Operating Temperature

Operating temperature

32 – 104 degrees F / 0 – 40 degrees C

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