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Alpha NEX-5N Digital Camera with 18-55mm Lens (Black)

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Get the interchangeable lens camera of your dreams capable of capturing astonishing 16.1MP stills or full 1920x1080 HD video in about half the size as its DSLR counterparts. The Alpha NEX-5N is the interchangeable lens camera that fits in your pocket. Enjoy Full HD 1080/60p or 24p movies, astounding low-light pictures, continuous shooting up to 10 fps, incredible panorama shots and a 3.0-inch tiltable Live View touch screen LCD. Use the Photo Creativity Touch interface to easily adjust images on the go or try out Sweep Panorama for incredible landscapes in 2D or 3D. Answer a call to creativity with the included E-mount 18-55mm zoom lens, ideal for capturing close-up portraits and vast landscapes.

  • DSLR quality in your pocket - This is the world's smallest interchangeable lens digital still camera using a large APS-C size sensor (as of Aug 2011). The removal of the conventional mirror box and viewfinder results in a camera body that is about half the size and weight of a standard DSLR camera.
  • Full HD movie shooting 60p/24p - Record Full HD 1920x1080 video in a variety of frame rates from 60p for super smooth action to 24p for a more cinematic feel.1 The NEX-5N utilizes the AVCHD(tm) codec, the industry standard for high quality HD video capture, as well as the MP4 codec for easy upload to the web due to it's smaller file size.
  • Object Tracking AF via Touch LCD - Object Tracking AF can lock onto a specified object and maintain focus even as the subject moves. This hassle-free mode allows unpredictable subjects to stay in focus even while zooming. Letting you concentrate on the scene and composition without having to worry about focus. The subject on which to lock focus is easily selected via the touch screen or the center button of the control wheel.
  • 11 Picture Effect modes - There are 11 picture effects modes to choose from: Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color (Red, Green, Blue, Yellow), Soft High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera (Normal, Cool, Warm, Green, Magenta), Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, and Miniature. Each is unique and each gives you a new and exciting way to make your images and videos pop.
  • Sweep Panorama Mode - Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (16mm focal length).
  • P/A/S/M operating modes - The NEX-5N offers a full range of controls for video and still shooting from the beginner's iAUTO mode to P/A/S/M: Program, Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority and Manual. On-screen prompts help you refine your skills, build your confidence and exercise greater creative control.
  • BIONZ image processor - The brain of the camera is a refined version of Sony's BIONZ image processor. Its chroma noise reduction delivers high-resolution, low-noise photos even at ISO 25600 sensitivity. Also enables fast processing for up to 10 fps continuous shooting of data-intensive 16.1 megapixel images, 2D/3D Sweep Panorama modes and 6 image layering.
  • Phase Detect AF for E-mount bodies w/ adapter - Both the LA-EA1 and EA2 adapters allows you to attach A-mount lenses to your E-mount camera. However, the LA-EA2 is the world's first adapter to leverage Sony's exclusive Translucent Mirror Technology to provide super fast and accurate Phase Detection AF as well. The LA-EA2 adapter has a translucent mirror built-in between the two mounts that directs a small portion of the light to the phase detection AF sensor in the bottom of the unit.
  • Stamina battery power for up to 430 shots - Take up to 430 shots on a single charge8 with lithium ion Stamina battery power. Sony's InfoLITHIUM battery system enables you to see the percent of power remaining, so you can keep shooting in confidence.
  • 16.1 MP Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor - You get incredible detail and gorgeous enlargements. Thanks to the APS-C sensor size and Sony Exmor(tm) APS HD CMOS technology, the camera achieves high resolution with no penalty in low-light sensitivity or sensor noise.
  • Tiltable 3.0" Touch LCD - The 3.0" Xtra Fine LCD(tm) monitor has 921K dots for superb resolution. The TruBlack screen includes a special resin layer to suppress internal reflections, increasing contrast compared to conventional LCDs. Sunny Weather mode boosts visibility even further in bright sunlight. Tilts down 45 degree and up 80 degree to frame high- and low-angle shots that would otherwise be hit-or-miss.
  • Optional XGA OLED viewfinder - The optional FDA-EV1S OLED Tru-Finder? offers a large, bright and wide-view of the scene. With high resolution 2.395K dot, and unprecedented speed, contrast and color accuracy, the FDA-EV1S provides an extraordinary view.
  • 3D Sweep Panorama Mode - Capture vast scenic vistas and 16:9 shots in spectacular 3D. As you sweep across the panorama, the camera records separate right-eye and left-eye images that make landscapes come alive on your 3D television4. Records both JPEG and MPO file formats.
  • Auto HDR - High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Until recently, you needed a computer and editing software. Sony builds HDR in. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second. (Recommended for still subjects.)
  • iAUTO mode - Unifies and simplifies Sony intelligent technologies. Takes advantage of Intelligent Scene Recognition, Face Detection technology, and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization without leaving auto mode so you always get the best shot.
  • Accepts E-mount lenses - Compatible with Sony's E-mount series of smaller, lighter lenses designed specifically for compact interchangeable lens cameras. Opens up a world of creative options.
  • HDMI output - Enjoy HD movies and stunning still images on a compatible HDTV The camera includes an HDMI output.
  • Up to 10 fps shooting - Capture the decisive moment in sports and get the ideal baby photo. Up to 10 fps continuous shooting at full 16.1 MP resolution. Standard continuous shooting speeds vary based upon shooting conditions and memory card speeds.
  • Photo Creativity Touch - The Photo Creativity interface enables you to easily enjoy the creative expression through direct photographic control in an easy to use interface. Changes can be combined/removed and viewed in real time on the LCD making it a breeze to make adjustments.
  • World's shortest release time lag (0.02 sec) - In photography, shutter lag, or release time, is the delay between triggering the shutter by fully depressing the shutter button and when the photograph is actually recorded. By initiating the exposure electronically instead of with the traditional shutter mechanism, release time on the NEX-5N is reduced to just 20 milliseconds - helping you to capture the decisive moment.
  • Peaking AF display - The Peaking AF display makes precise manual focusing much easier by highlighting the edges that are in focus in your choice of three colors ( white, red, or yellow). This is especially helpful during macro or portrait photography where your focal plane can make or break your shot.
  • 6-image layering - The camera leverages the large, APS-C image sensor and captures six images in a fraction of a second. The camera then combines the data from the 6 different images to create a single image. This method is used to control blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode or to get cleaner, sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.
  • Intelligent Auto Focus - Pre-focuses as you compose the shot, further reducing focusing time to a bare minimum.
  • Dynamic Range Optimizer (DRO) - Dynamic Range Optimizer improves results with backlit subjects and recovers details hidden in shadows. Settings include Auto, Level with a choice of five operating levels and Off.
  • 25-point Auto Focus - 25 sensors cover a very wide area of the scene, for accurate focusing even when the subject is far from the center of the frame.

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Digital Mirrorless Camera Information
Effective Megapixels 16.1 megapixels
Compatible Memory Card Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Secure Digital (SD/SDHC, SDXC) Card
Megapixels 12 Megapixels
Sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
Storage Media SD/Memory Stick
Lens Mount Sony E
LCD Monitor Type 3.0” TFT Xtra Fine LCD (921,600 pixels) w/TruBlack™ technology
Connectivity USB 2.0 High Speed & Mini HDMI
Viewfinder Optional OLED finder available (FDA-EV1S)
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Exposure Modes iAUTO, Program AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama (2D), 3D Sweep Panorama, Anti Motion Blur, Picture Effect, Scene Selection
Built-in Flash Yes
Battery NP-FW50 Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Battery
Dimensions 4-3/8 × 2-3/8 × 1-9/16 (110.8 x 58.8 x 38.2mm) (W/H/D)
Weight 7.4 oz (210g)
Red Eye Reduction yes
Continuous Shooting Speed Up to 10 fps
Weather Proof no
Image Stabilization yes
White Balance Auto,Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, Setting the color temperature, Color Filter, Custom
Shutter Speeds 1/4000 to 30 seconds, bulb
Flash Type Smart accessory terminal (HVL-F7S Flash Supplied)
  • NP-FW50 Lithium ion rechargeable battery
  • SEL1855 E-mount 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens
  • CD-ROM
  • Lens cap
  • Shoulder strap
  • BC-VW1 Battery Charger
  • USB cable (Mini B)
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Tanveer S. from Noida, UTTAR PRADESH on November 13, 2012:
This is an excellent camera. The image quality is at par with traditional DSLRs. I own a D7000 also, and both cameras offer image quality which is very very similar. So from a photography point of view, this is one of the best cameras in mirroless world. However there are a few quirks 1. There is no Eye level viewfinder(optical or E), and you have to use screen, this is not a comfortable tradtional position 2. There is no facility of wired release. So you cannot use intervalometers etc. 3. Touch screen tends to get dirty 4. Its easy to touch the screen accidently, and this leads to settings change. 5. User interface takes time to get used to 6. The 4/3 sensor based micro 4/3 system is more compact I would give it a 4/5 rating. A must buy if you are okay with slightly larger size
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Carol B. from Costa Mesa, CA on October 24, 2012:
Love this camera - makes great pictures
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