Sony Nex 5N Road Test. Better Than The Canon G1X.
I have had the Sony Nex 5N for a few months now and wanted to share some of its strengths and weaknesses. This little APS-C sensor camera is awesome for B-Roll and other secondary camera options. It is not the best A camera out there and I would caution anyone from trying to use it as their main camera system. The Sony Nex5 N is ultra portable, has great image quality and will shoot a blistering 10 frames continuous RAW and 24P/60P in Full HD 1920 X 1080. It overheats very easily, has no real decent native glass and could be considered too small for handheld work. It’s like using a front heavy iPhone.
I got it as a possible B-Camera for our documentary film “The Board Of Education” and it has been a valuable tool. It is also very unobtrusive. I certainly won’t scare anyone with it. I have stolen so many shots that would have required setup and time with our FS100 by just grabbing it with this little camera. It truly is a great Director’s camera.
I would also highly recommend this over the new Canon fixed lens G1X ($799US). A fixed lens camera is just way too limiting from the start. Not to mention the super lame floating iris. Filters?
The price on the Sony Nex 5N has already dropped to a low $599 and lenses are starting to trickle out like the Zeiss 24mm f1.8. The overheating issue can easily be overcome with an external monitor or EVF. (A good tip if you plan on shooting interviews). It really does overheat very easily! Otherwise this is a killer little camera at a great price.