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Good: Awesome panoramic, HDR, 3D and other great features, Supplimental flash is actually pretty decent, Video quality is excellent, Start-up time is very fast, 10 frames/second is pretty awesome
Bad: The size being almost too small for some hands
Comment: I'm a long time Nikon user, going back over 40 years. I work in technology, presently, and have owned digital cameras since 1990 when the first consumer digital camera, the Logitech Fotoman, came out which produced 320 x 240 pixel B&W images. Since that camera, I've owned over 35 digital cameras and have witnessed the evolution of digital imaging, with great excitement, to the present day.
All the while I've been waiting for the size and weight of digital SLR's to come down. This has now been accomplished by most manufacturers with some very small true SLR's from Nikon, Canon, etc., along with a huge amount of point-and-shoots from all manufacturers.
The challenge for me, which kept me buying, was to find the quality of a digital SLR (APS-C variety) to fill the void between the relatively low image quality of the P&S's and the ponderous size of high quality SLR cameras. I find that I really can't carry my Nikon D300 or even D90 all day on field trips to cities that I shoot without being worn out at the end of the day ("Father Time" isn't any help in this equation, either).
Enter the Sony Alpha NEX-5N. I passed on the original 5N do to the cost and the fact that I have 4 cameras presently in play. I got the 5N primarily as something to play around with, not thinking that it would rival or replace my Nikon SLRs. The high ISO quality and resolution at most ISO's really amazes me. Although the 18-55mm kit lens isn't the highest quality it is substantial enough to render some really nice images. Anything I'm not totally satisfied with can be tuned up in LightRoom, anyway, as are all of my images.
I carried the NEX-5N around New York City this past weekend and didn't even know I had a camera around my neck! It is that light! Some have written in their reviews that they want a wrist strap for their 5N's. Personally, I stay away from them. Once you strap something around your wrist you really lose the use of one hand, unless you want to bang the camera into everything. The neck strap allows you to pick the camera up when you need to shoot and have both hands free as you are moving around doing other things. I recommend the Optech Classic straps with the loop connectors.
I plan on getting the "Trufinder" OLED eye level viewfinder in November when it comes out, albeit with the Sony high price. Certainly, I don't plan on getting rid of my Nikons which are used for studio photography as well as field photography. As yet, there is no way to directly link my studio electronic flash to the 5N, other than tweaking down the power and using the photo eyes on the sudio flash to sync with it. The supplimental flash is actually pretty decent, by the way, and is really tiny, in keeping with the size of the camera.
A few negatives preventing the NEX-5N from achieving perfection are: The size being almost too small for some hands, (I've read that the 7N is slightly larger with better ergonomics, but at double the price, I'll wait), video audio clicking sounds that Sony has acknowledged are not just our imagination (I don't shoot enough "quiet video" for that to matter, but video HD qualtity on my Sony Bravia is stunning!), and the current lack of lenses which should improve over time. Also, the somewhat klugey menu interface is clumsy, but I have assigned the most used functions to the soft keys which makes changing ISO, white balance, metering methods, etc., direct.
Finally, with all the tech toys and tools coming out at the rate that they do, we should all remember the one golden rule of tools and technology: "The most flexible element in the interface between humans and machines is the person, him or herself."
We forget that when we use something enough, we adapt, by nature. Nothing is perfect!
P.S. I Suggest check for best deal for the NEX-5N before you will buy it at: Bestdealschecking.info/sony-nex-5n/
Good: Great picture quality
Bad: Not enough choice of lenses
Comment: Great camera, that is both well priced and well specified. The photos I have taken so far have been much better than anticipated so am delighted with this purchase.
Good: Build, performance, ease of use, battery life+
Bad: None yet.
Comment: I've been in search of nice replacement to my old Oly-epl1 since the slew of compact interchangeable cams started to come out. So far I've ignored the nex series because of the lack of creative features that Olympus & Panasonic offered. But the nex5n changes that and alot more...I was surprise to see that the 18-55mm lens kit came with the external flash. With the hight iso of 25000 I wasn't expecting to use flash. But it was nice to have them include that.
What I enjoyed most is the amount of pre-set filters on the PASM modes. There's a total of 11 filters but within the filters there's settings available for color temperatures. And with the miniature mode- the ability to specify which area to focus on such as found on the Panasonic G, GF series.
The low light performance is as expected. It actually works as described. This is why I believe having a flash is not really necessary for this device.
So if your in the market for an overall performer. This might be the one.
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