Following on from last summer’s mid-range CSC, the NEX-5, is the NEX 5-N; Sony’s first ever interchangeable lens compact camera. There have been a number of big changes made from the NEX-5; Sony’s new Bionz processor has given the camera an ISO boost too, taking its maximum ISO from 12800 to 26500.
They’ve also pushed the camera’s headline up to 16.1MP from 14.2MP. The back LCD screen now has touchscreen facilities too, making it easier to find your way around the camera’s many features. The camera also manages to shoot smooth true HD and record stereo sound effectively.
Unfortunately, Sony have once again failed to deliver an integral flash, so you’ll have to clip the optional one on whenever you find yourself in less than ideal light conditions. The three-inch 921k dot resolution screen feels like an almost redundant feature too, as it doesn’t allow the user any added functionality, such as the ability to take portrait shots.
However these aren’t very big problems, and its honestly hard to pick many faults with this camera as it delivers on oh so many levels, surpassing its predecessor in many ways. To put it simply, this camera is gimmick free and feature friendly.
Currently retailing at $535 (£439), the price is quite high, but at just forty pounds more than the comparatively basic NEX-5, I’m sure you’ll think it’s worth it – especially when you see the DSLR quality images that this bad boy can produce.