Sony Nex5N First Thoughts. It’s A Toy.
We have been re-tooling our camera systems here at Wide Open Camera the past two months over to mostly Sony cameras. We have the F3, just ordered the FS100 and got the Nex5N yesterday. My first impressions of the Sony Nex5N are not the best. It seems very delicate. There is no real Hot Shoe mount and it has the most annoying interface with “Happy Time” icons. The flip out screen looks like it will break very easily and the flash mount cover will also be gone in sixty seconds. However it is one super tiny APS-C sensor interchangeable lens camera. I grabbed it as a ultra portable and positionable B-Camera to go along with our FS100. I think it will be good for that. I might take it more seriously once I get some killer glass on this bitch. For now, it feels like a kids toy. Here is a rip from the Sony website. The Sony Nex5n retails for around $600 US.
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.”