Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 5N vs V1

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

NEX 5N
9.3
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

NEX 5N
7.3
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

NEX 5N
8.5
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

NEX 5N
9.1
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com and 6 more

No winner declared

Too close to call

Benchmarks Real world tests of NEX 5N vs Nikon 1 V1

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

NEX 5N
1,079 ISO
Nikon 1 V1
346 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

NEX 5N
2,800 LPH
Nikon 1 V1
2,600 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX 5N
235 ms
Nikon 1 V1
97 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

NEX 5N
115 ms
Nikon 1 V1
73 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

NEX 5N
1,900 ms
Nikon 1 V1
1,300 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX 5N
10 fps
Nikon 1 V1
60 fps

Features Key features of the NEX 5N  vs Nikon 1 V1 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

NEX 5N
16 MP
Nikon 1 V1
10 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

NEX 5N
25,600 ISO
Nikon 1 V1
6,400 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

NEX 5N
22.8 microns
Nikon 1 V1
11.6 microns

Reviews Word on the street

NEX 5N  vs Nikon 1 V1 

7.9
6.9
The debate of EVF vs OVF is a complicated one but these new EVF offerings from Sony present possibly the first example that we've seen that may be 'good-enough' to actually compete with the visual clarity of a true OVF.
NEX 5N

8.5
8.0
While it looks almost identical to its predeccesor, faster focusing, less shutter lag, better video and stills, and an intuitive touchscreen interface are just some of the many improvements that have taken place under the hood, making this the best NEX camera and one of the best CSC's that we've reviewed.
NEX 5N

8.0
6.0
On paper at least, the NEX range has a key advantage to draw in the photo enthusiast - namely its incorporation of APS-C CMOS sensors, a size match for those found in DSLRs.
NEX 5N

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
7.5 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

NEX 5N  vs
Nikon 1 V1 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP 10 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264 3872 x 2592
Size APS-C Nikon CX
Area 23.4 x 15.6 mm 13.2 x 8.8 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 2.7x
Pixel size 22.8 microns 11.6 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 100 ISO to 3,200 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,800 LPH 2,600 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,800 LPH 2,600 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection Hybrid detection
Focus points 25 135
Supports continuous No No

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/16000 s

form factor

Size 111 x 59 x 38 mm 113 x 76 x 43.5 mm
Thickness 38 mm 43.5 mm
Weight 269 g 294 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Is a smart camera No No
Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes No
Automatic panorama Yes No
Create realistic 3D images Yes No
Image stabilization

video

NEX 5N  vs
Nikon 1 V1 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps
Shoots video in 24p Yes No
Shoots high speed video No Yes
External mic jack None 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Phase detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Phase detection

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 k dots 921 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes No
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder No Yes
Type N/A Electronic
Coverage N/A 100%

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps 60 fps
Battery life 460 350
Continuous shooting
60 fps, JPEG
10 fps, JPEG
Focus lag 235 ms 97 ms
Shutter lag 115 ms 73 ms
Startup delay 1,900 ms 1,300 ms
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