Sony NEX-5N review

Comes with touchscreen and two million more pixels

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These graphs were produced using data generated by DXO Analyzer.

We shoot a specially designed chart in carefully controlled conditions and the resulting images are analysed using the DXO software.

Signal to noise ratio

A high signal to noise ratio (SNR) indicates a cleaner and better quality image.

Sony nex 5n jpeg signal to noise ratio
Sony nex-5n jpeg signal to noise ratio

JPEG images from the Sony NEX-5n show slightly better signal to noise ratio results than the Sony NEX-5 and the Olympus E-PL3. From a sensitivity of ISO 400 and above the Sony NEX-5n also shows better noise performance than the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3.

Raw signal to noise ratio

Sony nex 5n raw signal to noise ratio
Sony nex-5n raw signal to noise ratio

Raw images (after conversion to TIFF) from the Sony NEX-5n shows a better signal to noise ratio across the sensitivity range than the Sony NEX-5 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 and just beat the Olympus E-PL3 from a sensitivity of ISO 3200.

For a full explanation of what our resolution charts mean, and how to read them please click here to read the full article.

Dynamic range

Sony nex 5n jpeg dynamic range
Sony nex-5n jpeg dynamic range

This chart shows that the Sony NEX-5n's JPEGs capture a wide tonal range across the sensitivity range. Although there is a steep drop from ISO 3200, the tonal separation is still good.

Raw dynamic range

Sony nex 5n raw dynamic range
Sony nex-5n raw dynamic range

This chart indicates that the Sony NEX-5n's raw images (after conversion to TIFF) capture a wide tonal range across the sensitivity range, beating the Sony NEX-5, Olympus E-PL3 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3 by at least 1ev.

For more more details on how to interpret our test data, check out our full explanation of our noise and dynamic range tests.

Tech Specs

Product TypeMirrorless Camera with Lens
Battery Size SupportedProprietary Battery Size
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Effective Camera Resolution16.1 Megapixel
Product Familyalpha NEX
HD Movie ModeYes
Memory Card SupportedMemory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo HX, Secure Digital (SD) Card, Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Card, Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC)
Image StabilizationOptical
Optical Zoom3.1x
Digital Zoom10x
Brand NameSony
FeaturesFace Detection, Continuous Shooting Mode, Self-timer, Live View
Screen Size7.6 cm (3")
Video FormatsAVCHD, MPEG-4
Weight (Approximate)210 g
Image Sensor Size23.50 mm x 15.60 mm
Maximum Image Resolution4912 x 3264
Display Screen TypeLCD
Height58.8 mm
Width110.8 mm
Depth38.2 mm
Product SeriesNEX
Focal Length18 mm to 55 mm (Lens 1)
Image FormatsJPEG, RAW
External FlashIncluded
Focus ModesAuto, Manual
ManufacturerSony Corporation
Product ModelNEX-5N
Product Namealpha NEX-5N Mirrorless Camera
Product Linealpha
Exposure Control
  • Program AE
  • Aperture Priority AE
  • Shutter Priority AE
  • Manual
Aspect Ratio16:9
Manufacturer Part NumberNEX5NK/B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

It's all the performance of a DSLR in about half the size and half the weight. Get a perfectly pocket-sized 16.1MP interchangeable lens camera made for capturing beautiful stills on the go at up to 10 frames per second. Record in Full HD 1080/60p or 24p video, take astonishing pictures in low-light with the large Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor or get beautiful panoramic shots in 2D or 3D. Put control at your fingertips with the highly responsive, conveniently tiltable 3.0" Live View touch screen LCD.