Press Release
NEX-5N Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera with World’s Fastest
Release Time Lag and Quick, Responsive Autofocus
Professional quality in a pocket, with 16.1-megapixel resolution and Full HD 50p video
Sony Unveils New
16.1 effective megapixels ExmorTM APS HD CMOS sensor and new BIONZTM processor
enabling ISO 25,600 high sensitivity
Full HD Movie with 50p/25p, manual focus, full P/A/S/M exposure control and
improved audio
Tilt-angle 7.5cm (3”) Xtra Fine LCD touch-screen and easy-to-use Photo Creativity
10 fps continuous shooting (In Speed Priority Continuous mode)
Styled in magnesium, just 23.3mm slim1
Hong Kong, August 25, 2011 – Drawing on the positive acceptance of the interchangeable lens
digital camera NEX-5, the new
NEX-5N from Sony offers superb responsiveness, image
quality and creativity of a DSLR camera – all in a compact body.
Distance from front of body to LCD monitor screen surface
Styled in tough, light magnesium alloy and just 23.3mm at its slimmest point, the NEX-5N is a
step forward from its predecessor in terms of still image and HD video quality, powerful creative
features and easy user interface.
With a release time lag of just 0.02 seconds, the NEX-5N is the fastest of any interchangeable
lens digital cameras in the world. On top of that, an improved AF algorithm which doubled the
readout speed from the image sensor and more efficient image processing results in an AF that is
significantly faster than the current NEX-5 model.
The camera’s ExmorTM APS HD CMOS sensor, with 16.1 effective megapixels resolution, is
partnered by a specially-optimised version of the powerful BIONZTM image processing engine.
This combination ensures exceptionally detail and low noise images. Maximum sensitivity is
also boosted to ISO 25,600, the highest among interchangeable lens cameras, allowing for very
high quality handheld shooting in low light conditions.
The NEX-5N shoots smooth AVCHD Progressive (Ver2.0) Full HD movies with high-quality
stereo sound at 50p. This is a world’s first for interchangeable lens cameras with an APS-C size
sensor. Faster readout from the sensor increases the maximum frame rate to 50 fps. When
shooting at the 25p setting, movies achieve a beautiful expressive and artistic feel. With stills
shooting, Tracking Focus allows a target object to be selected via the touch-screen for accurate
Tracking Focus, even when the subject is in motion.
The camera is also Sony’s first E-mount interchangeable lens camera that features an intuitive
new Photo Creativity Touch interface. Background Defocus, Exposure, Picture Effect and other
adjustments can be previewed, applied and combined in an instant all via the LCD touch panel
and control dial. The Programme, Aperture/Shutter Priority and all-Manual modes (PASM)
allow users full control over exposure. Stereo audio quality is improved, with revised circuitry
that lowers wind noise levels, especially when shooting quiet scenes.
First introduced on the NEX-C3, the Picture Effect function allows users to create sophisticated
artistic effects within the camera without the need of a PC or post-editing. There are now 11
modes and 15 effects which includes new HDR Painting, Soft Focus, Miniature, Rich-Tone
Monochrome and soft High-Key. Other interesting imaging functions include 2D/ 3D Sweep
Panorama, Soft Skin, Auto HDR, Handheld Twilight and Anti Motion Blur Modes.
The camera’s 7.5 cm (3.0") Xtra Fine LCD angles up to 80° up or 45º down for easy viewing in
any shooting position. TruBlack technology assures excellent detail and contrast dramatically
reducing on-screen reflections. Enhanced by the new Photo Creativity Touch interface, the LCD
makes composition, shot review and adjustment of camera settings easier and more flexible.
Lenses and accessories
Three new lenses are available for Sony’s E-mount cameras as well. The SEL24F18ZA is the Emount lineup’s first large-aperture F1.8 wide angle lens featuring Carl Zeiss optics, with a 24mm
focal length (35mm format equivalent: 36mm), 16cm minimum focus distance, and an aluminum
alloy exterior with refined black finish.
The SEL50F18 is a fixed 50mm (35mm format equivalent: 75mm) portrait lens, and is the first
large-aperture F1.8 lens with Optical SteadyShot built in. Third is the SEL55210, a slim, full HD
movie compatible 3.8x zoom lens with an exceptionally wide total zoom range perfect for
shooting a wide variety of subjects and situations.
For all 3 lenses, Optical SteadyShot image stabilisation keeps images sharp even in low lighting
conditions, while two ED glass elements and two aspherical elements achieve excellent optical
performance for outstanding image quality throughout the zoom range, with fast, accurate and
quiet AF.
E-mount camera lovers will also appreciate the LA-EA2 lens mount adaptor, which adds high
speed shooting capabilities to any E-mount camera. The world’s first mount adaptor to be
equipped with Translucent Mirror Technology, the LA-EA2 give E-mount camera owners the
ability to use all A-mount lenses (except STF and teleconverters) and take advantage of Full-time
Continuous AF to accurately focus on and shoot subjects in motion. And, for those looking to
sharpen their photo shooting skills, the FDA-EV1S Electronic Viewfinder adds Sony’s unique
XGA OLED Tru-Finder™, featuring XGA (2,359K dots) resolution, 100% field of coverage,
and high contrast for capturing every shot with perfect accuracy.
The NEX-5N interchangeable lens digital camera and accessories
from September 2, 2011. Suggested retail prices are as follows:
Model No
Colours Available
NEX-5N (Body only)
NEX-5N Single Lens Kit (with SEL855)
Black, White
NEX-5N Double Lens Kit (with
Black, White, Silver
SEL16F28 & SEL855)
LA-EA2 Lens Mount
-FDA-EV1S Electronic Viewfinder
by Sony will be available
Suggested Retail Price
Order Now
The NEX-5N interchangeable lens digital camera will be available for pre-order from August
25 to August 30, 2011 at all Sony Store, Sony Store online (, Sony telesales hotline at (852) 2345-2966, as well as Sony’s authorized dealers. Customers placing
orders will be receive a Sony 8GB SD card (SF-8N4) and wrist strap (STP-WS1) for free.
Customers can also purchase the electronic viewfinder FDA-EV1S at a special offer of
HK$1,990. Offers are on a first come, first served basis and are available while stock lasts.
For customer enquiries please contact Sony sales and services hotline at (852)2345-2966.
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Product specifications of Sony interchangeable lens digital camera α NEX-5N:
Camera type
Interchangeable-lens digital camera
Lens compatibility
Sony E-mount lenses
Image sensor
APS-C size (23.5 x 15.6 mm) ExmorTM APS HD CMOS sensor with
primary color filters
Number of pixels (approx.)
16.1 megapixels (effective),16.7 megapixels (total)
Image sensor aspect ratio
Anti-dust system
Charge protection coating on Optical filter and ultrasonic vibration
Recording system (still
Recording format
JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF Baseline compliant), RAW
(Sony ARW 2.2 format), 3D MPO (MPF Extended compliant)
Image size
3:2 aspect ratio
L: 4912 x 3264 (16M), M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M), S: 2448 x 1624 (4M)
16:9 aspect ratio
L: 4912 x 2760 (14M), M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M), S: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)
Sweep Panorama
Wide: horizontal 12416 x 1856 (23M), vertical 2160 x 5536 (12M),
Standard: horizontal 8192 x 1856 (15M), vertical 2160 x 3872 (8.4M)
3D Sweep Panorama
Wide: 7152 x 1080 (7.7M), Standard: 4912 x 1080 (5.3M),
16:9: 1920 x 1080 (2.1M)
Image quality modes
RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
Picture Effect
11 modes (15 effects): Posterization (Color, B/W), Pop Color, Retro
Photo, Partial Color (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Mono, Toy Camera,
Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Mono, Miniature
Creative Style
Standard, Vivid, Portrait, Landscape, Sunset, B/W (Contrast -3 to +3
steps, Saturation -3 to +3 steps, Sharpness -3 to +3 steps)
Dynamic range functions
Off, Dynamic Range Optimizer (Auto/Level), Auto High Dynamic
Range: Off, Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure Difference Level
(1-6 EV, 1 EV step)
Color space
sRGB, Adobe RGB
Recording system (movie)
Recording format
AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive)/MP4
Video compression
MPEG-4 AVC (H.264)
Audio recording format
Dolby Digital (AC-3)/MPEG-4 AAC-LC
Image size
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (50p/28 Mbps/PS, 50i/24 Mbps/ FX, 50i/17
Mbps/FH, 25p/24 Mbps/FX, 25p/17 Mbps/FH)
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (25 fps/12 Mbps), 640 x 480 (25 fps/3 Mbps)
Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, SD memory
card, SDHC memory card, SDXC memory card
Noise reduction
Noise reduction
Long exposure NR: On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1
sec., High ISO NR: High/Normal/Low
White balance
Focus system
Focus point
Sensitivity range
Focus modes
AF modes
Focus area
Other features
AF illuminator
AF illuminator range (approx.)
Exposure control
Metering type
Metering sensor
Metering sensitivity
Metering modes
Exposure modes
Scene Selection
Exposure compensation
AE lock
ISO sensitivity
(Recommended Exposure
LCD monitor
Touch panel
Number of dots (total)
Brightness control
Adjustable angle
Display contents
Real-time image-adjustment
Focus check
Face Detection
Other features
Smile Shutter
Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash,
C. Temp 2500 to 9900K, C. Filter (G7 to M7 15-step, A7 to B7 15step), Custom, AWB micro adjustment
Contrast-detection AF
25 points
EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
Autofocus, DMF (Direct Manual Focus), Manual Focus
AF-S: Single-shot AF, AF-C: Continuous AF
Multi Point (25 points)/Center-weighted/Flexible Spot
Tracking focus, Predictive control, Focus lock, AF micro adjustment,
Eye-start AF (only available with optional LA-EA2 and FDA-EV1S
Built-in LED
0.3 m - 4.0 m (E 16mm F2.8), 0.5 m - 3.0 m (E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6
1200-zone evaluative metering
ExmorTM APS HD CMOS sensor
EV 0 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens attached)
Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
iAUTO, Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed
priority (S), Manual (M), Sweep Panorama, 3D Sweep Panorama,
Anti Motion Blur, Scene Selection
Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait,
Night View, Hand-held Twilight
+/- 3 EV (in 0.3 EV steps)
3 continuous exposures in 0.3 or 0.7 EV steps
AE is locked when focus is locked in multi-segment metering mode.
ISO 100-25600 (in 1 EV steps), Auto (ISO 100-3200)
7.5 cm (3.0-type) wide, TFT, Xtra Fine LCD with TruBlack technology
Yes, electrostatic type
921,600 dots
Auto, Manual (5 steps), Sunny Weather mode
Up approx. 80 degrees, down 45 degrees
Graphic Display, Display All Info, Big Font Size Disp., No Disp. Info,
Histogram, For Viewfinder
Exposure Comp, White Balance, Creative Style
MF Assist (4.8x, 9.5x)
Peaking (Level: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/Yellow)
On, Off, Face Registration, Face Selection; max. eight faces detected
Smile Shutter (3 steps), Shooting Tips, Help Guide
Digital zoom
Shutter speed
Flash sync. speed
Electronic front shutter curtain
SteadyShot INSIDE (image
Guide No.
Flash coverage
Flash compensation
Flash modes
Recycling time
External flash
Speed (approx., max.)*
No. of recordable frames
PC interface
HD output
Smart Accessory Terminal 2
Compatible OS (USB
Precision Digital Zoom, 1.1x-10x
Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
1/4000 to 30 sec., Bulb
1/160 sec.
Yes, On/Off
Not supported (image stabilization supported by lens)
External flash (supplied) attachable to Smart Accessory Terminal 2
7 (in meters at ISO 100 equivalent)
16 mm (focal-length printed on the lens body)
Pre-flash TTL
+/- 2 EV in 0.3 EV steps
Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Red-eye Reduction
(On/Off), Rear Sync.
Approx. 4 sec.
Smart Accessory Terminal compatible flash HVL-F20S (optional)
Single-shot, Continuous, Speed Priority Continuous,
Self-timer (10/2 sec. delay), Self-timer (Cont.) (with 10 sec. delay; 3/5
exposures), Bracketing, Remote Cdr (with optional Remote
Commander RMT-DSLR1)
Speed Priority Continuous mode: 10 fps
* May vary depending on shooting conditions and media.
Fine: 10 frames, Standard: 10 frames, RAW: 6 frames,
RAW & JPEG: 4 frames
Single (with or without shooting information, RGB histogram, and
highlight/shadow warning),
6/12-frame index view, Enlarged display mode (L: 14x, M: 11x, S:
7.3x, Panorama (Standard): 24x, Panorama
(Wide): 34x), Auto Review (10/5/2 sec., Off), Image orientation
(On/Off), Slideshow,
Panorama scrolling, Folder selection (Still), Forward/Rewind (movie),
Delete, Protect
Hi-speed USB (USB 2.0): Mass-storage, MTP
HDMI mini connector (Type-C), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV
Windows XP SP3*, Windows Vista SP2**, Windows 7 SP1, Mac OS
X (10.3-10.6)
* 64-bit edition and starter edition not supported. Windows Image
Mastering API (IMAPI) v2.0 or later required to create discs.
** Starter edition not supported.
Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-SST1 (optional)
Built-in monaural; volume setting in 8 steps
Compatible standards
Exif Print, Print Image Matching III, DPOF setting
Custom function
Custom key settings
Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-FW50
Still images
Approx. 430 images (CIPA standard)
Approx. 29 minutes, MP4 format movie for up to approx. 2 GB.
External power
AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (optional)
With battery and
Approx. 269 g (9.5 oz.)
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Body only
Approx. 210 g (7.4 oz.)
W x H x D (excluding
Approx. 110.8 x 58.8 x 38.2 mm (4 3/8 × 2 3/8 × 1 9/16 in.)
Operating temperature
32-104º F/0-40º C
Features and specifications are subject to change without notice.
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