Friday, October 07, 2011

Sony NEX-5N

Digital Photography Review has published a full review of Sony's mid-range EVIL camera.

Conclusion summary:

"The NEX-5N is a significant update to the NEX-5 in terms of both usability as well as customizability. The NEX-5N's image quality is excellent. The 16.1MP sensor in the 5N is capable of capturing images that rival some of the best APS-C format DSLRs on the market, and up to ISO 6400 image quality is impressive. Even at ISO 12,800, image quality is perfectly acceptable for online use and for small prints, and far ahead of most of the NEX's Micro Four Thirds competitors."

"Like the NEX-5 the 5N has a more pronounced hand grip than the one found on NEX-3/C3 which we find more comfortable to hold, especially when shooting in one hand. The NEX-5N is not a large camera by any means but the possibility of pocketability becomes unlikely with anything besides the 16mm pancake lens."

"Considering its sub-$700 price point this is truly impressive, and makes the 5N a very attractive option for anyone looking to upgrade from a compact camera, or even as a second body alongside a more conventional DSLR outfit."

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Brett's 2p'orth: The Sony NEX series is the only EVIL camera that has tempted me to consider moving from the Micro Four Thirds format. However the ergonomics and lack of decent 'prime' lenses, along with the promise of improved Micro Four Third sensors in the near future will keep me loyal for a while.

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