Sony Alpha NEX-5N (Body Only) reviews and prices: Mirrorless camera

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+ This digital camera has no outstanding positive points. - It scores poorly on ease of use.

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8.7 out of 10 based on 132 reviews.
Sony Alpha NEX-5N (Body Only): 16.1 MP (Megapixels), Sony Alpha NEX-5N storage, No image stabiliser digital Mirrorless camera. See full product description

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maxim, London Point/shoot and Videos Youtuber.

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Nice design, comfortable grip.
Bad points:
Maybe too big to carry, Short battery life.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 29 Jun 2013

a, Professional photographer

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Fantastic build and image quality. Compatibility (via adapters) with the full size Sony alpha lens range. Feels, looks and performs like a very high quality product.
Bad points:
Sony recall for the screen and video fault was dissapointing; but turned around in two weeks.
the touch screen is over sensitive and a bit cumbersome to navigate: using the dial is far easier.
Lack of continued firmware updates from Sony is a huge mistake on their part- rivals such as Nikon and Canon are continuously making improvements and ongoing updates across their range of cameras.
Across the entire Sony range they seem to leave their customers behind post purchase.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 27 Jul 2013

Barbara, Nottingham Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Flip screen for difficult angles
Feels good to hold
Great quality pics and will take an 8gb memory card
Lots of photo options
Swappable lens
Bad points:
Separate flash
Need spare battery
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 9.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 9.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Mar 2013

david, london Keen amateur

Score 10.0/10
Good points:
I have had my sony nex5 for over a year now and thinking about the new sony nex5r great all round but would recommend as next step after a bridge camera
Bad points:
none
Overall rating 10.0
Ease of use 10.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 10.0
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Confirmed purchase: 23 Jan 2013

Lauren, Northwood Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
Small & compact
Easy to use manual & also auto settings
Bad points:
sometimes the picture quality seems a little random... but that may be me more than the camera!!
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 7.0
Features 8.0
Build Quality 8.0
Value for money 7.0
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Confirmed purchase: 22 Dec 2012

tony, Manchester Keen amateur

Score 8.0/10
Good points:
As an amateur,I find the camera quite easy to use.ive had it for 8 months,don't get the time to use it a lot,but I've managed to get off using auto,and I am using manual.i find if you stick to the very basic rules of photography,I get a decent pic every time.once you get used to the menu,it's very easy to negotiate through it.but if you start on auto,(point and shoot)you will still get good pics.love the camera.
Bad points:
Lenses are few and expensive,no view finder,no hotshot for flash.
Overall rating 8.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 10.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 10.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 15 Dec 2012

martyn, High Wycombe Keen amateur

Score 9.0/10
Good points:
Lightweight go every where camera. Plenty of built in effects and options. Touch screen useful. Ease of use from point and shoot to vey creative shooting. Good battery life.
Bad points:
Menu needs time to get used to. Sunlight makes rear screen next to useless.
Overall rating 9.0
Ease of use 8.0
Image quality 9.0
Features 9.0
Build Quality 9.0
Value for money 8.0
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Confirmed purchase: 02 Mar 2013

Product Features

Camera Type Mirrorless
Screen size (Inches) 3
Digital zoom ratio 10
Type of image stabiliser No
Touchscreen Yes
3D Yes
Media format SDXC Card
Media format Sony Alpha NEX-5N
Media format SDHC Card
Media format SD Card
PictBridge No
Video recorder Yes
Manual Focus Yes
Timer Yes
Weight (g) 210
Flash Yes
Body Only Yes
WiFi No
Shortest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/1
Longest shutter speed (Fractions of a second) 1/30
Viewfinder LCD Monitor
RAW Format Yes
GPS Receiver No
Release date 2011-09-29
Height in mm 5.9
Depth in mm 3.8
Serial Shot Mode Yes
Bluetooth No
Autofocus Yes
Changeable Lens Yes
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