Sony NEX-5n news and reviews roundup (Overheating issues?)


Will Vazquez tested the [shoplink 8452]NEX-5n[/shoplink] video quality (see video on top) and discovered that: “after about 10 minutes of recording, the camera said it was overheating and turned itself off. I turned it back on after a few seconds and it seemed fine. It wasn’t that hot, a typical 85 degree (Fahrenheit) night in the Summer. Maybe it was the humidity.

StevHuff (Click here) made a “Crazy Comparison” between the new Sony NEX-5n and the epxensive Leica M9 Image Quality: “So, can the 5n be called the poor mans Leica M9? In my opinion NO, because it is a totally different kind of camera. The M9 is a rangefinder and you shoot with it in a totally different style. So the NEX-5n will never give you the RF experience. The NEX-7 will bring y ou a step closer with a slightly larger body, more dials for manual controls, built in EVF, etc and in fact, The NEX-7 will be a game changer, mark my words!

Here are more short NEX-5n news:
Image samples of the NEX-5n with Zeiss and Leica lenses on Flickr.
Japanese manufacturer acquapazza wil release an underwater housing for the 5n in november 2011. See
Our japanese readers can read and see a NEX-5n versus NEX-5 comparison at
Another 5n user report at Dpreview forum.

P.S.: Tomorrow I will receive my new NEX-5n. Uhhh, my heart is beating…you hear it? :)

Today the NEX-5n is back in Stock at Amazon US (Click here) and for the first time at BHphoto (Click here). And below you can find all the NEX preorder links:
NEX-7: [shopcountry 8454] NEX-5n: [shopcountry 8452] Zeiss 24mm f/1.8: [shopcountry 8450] 50mm f/1.8: [shopcountry 8448] 55-210mm: [shopcountry 8444]



UPDATE: Sony stores makes a mess :)


UPDATE: Many readers contacted me to say that the estimate ship date is showing wrong data. The screenshot above shows the NEX-7 preorder at Sonystore US with the shipping date for the NEX-7 being September 13 2011 (LOL!). In fact the date is NOT the shipping date. Many readers contacted me to show me Sony’s mistake. I hope Sony is reading the news and will soon fix the issue.

P.S.: I got similar messages from other people that ordered the NEX-7 or A77 at Sonystore US (Click here) and Sonystore UK (Click here).

The official Sony stores still do say the NEX-7 will be shipped from November and the A77 from October (in EU and US countries). Check:
Sony A77 at [shopcountry 8461].
Sony NEX-7 at [shopcountry 8454].


Luminous Landscape first impressions about the A65 (with A900 comparison!).

[shoplink 8459][/shoplink] Whenever Luminous Landscapes posts a review (or preview in this case) I am very glad to link to it because I think they make a very good job by giving a real photographer point of view about the new cameras. Click here to read their latest A65 first impression article.

LL likes the new EVF:(It) is really a game changer, and compared to a small and dim DSLR finder is likely to be preferred. Compared to an optical viewfinder like the one on the A900 it may be another story though. The A900’s vewfinder and prism remain about as good as it gets.” but they don’t recommend to buy the [shoplink 8459]A65[/shoplink] with the kit lens: “The high image quality that the A65 is capable of simply won’t be able to shine through if one is limited to this lens.

LL tested the A65 with a pre-production firmware V1.02. The good news is that “Certainly ISOs from 100 through and including 1600 are essentially noise free in any sized print.”. Than they compared the A65 with the A900: “At ISO 100 the A65 shows somewhat more noise at 100% on-screen than the [shoplink 3032 ebay]A900[/shoplink], which is essentially noise free. The A65’s noise is absolutely invisible in three quarter to mid-tones, and completely invisible in normal sized prints in any part of the tonal range, but in the quarter tones on screen there definitely is some luminance noise visible.

About the video quality:I have noted that so-called jello-cam (rolling shutter) seems to be almost non-existent on both cameras. I will be meeting with Sony factory engineers shortly and look forward to an opportunity to find out what is going on with this new sensor.

There is a lot more info to read on LL so please take time to read the full article (Click here).

Thanks again LL for your nice work!!!

And here are the preorder search links. As usual click on the store name to see if they do offer a preorder option and to check the price:
A65 at [shopcountry 8459].
A77 (the more expensive big brother) at [shopcountry 8461].

And here are the new NEX cameras and lenses:
Sony NEX-7 [shopcountry 8454] Sony NEX-5n [shopcountry 8452] Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 [shopcountry 8450] Sony 50mm f/1.8 [shopcountry 8448] Sony 55-210mm [shopcountry 8444]

P.S.: The Sony A900 links at [shopcountry 3032]


Exclusive: Download plenty of fullsize NEX-7 RAW and JPEG pictures!!!

[shoplink 8454][/shoplink]Yesterday I received an anonymous mail containing plenty of RAW and JPG full size images taken with the [shoplink 8454]Sony NEX-7[/shoplink]! Thanks anonymous sender! There is a torrent here: where you can download the huge 946MB file.It will take a long time for you to download the file. That’s why I posted some of the images here (Click on thumbnails to enlarge the image):

Click those direct search links to check availability and price of the new NEX-7 and other new NEX camera and lenses:
NEX-7: [shopcountry 8454] NEX-5n: [shopcountry 8452] Zeiss 24mm f/1.8: [shopcountry 8450] 50mm f/1.8: [shopcountry 8448] 55-210mm: [shopcountry 8444]


Sony NEX-5n video news roundup (EosHD calls the VG20 piece of crap)


Sony NEX 5N *vs* FS100 and NEX VG20 – hands on comparison

EosHD (Click here) made a Sony NEX 5N *vs* FS100 and NEX VG20 hands on comparison and said the “VG20 is an absolute piece of crap“. And: “Sony did an exceptionally poor job of the ergonomics on both cameras (VG20 and FS100). I just prefer the simplicity and size of the NEX 5N, and it means your rigging can be far more creative, lighter and more flexible.”

Also Will Vazquez made a Sony NEX-5N vs FS100 vs Canon T2i video quality comparison: “The NEX 5N has some aliasing, but it appears better than the T2i. I think the NEX-5N trounces the T2i in video.”. The video is here below:

Imaging Resource posted a video you can watch below about the Sony NEX-5N with LA-EA2 Lens Adapter (found via SonyAlphaNex).

NEX Preorders (Click on the shop name and you will be directly land on the product page!):
NEX-5n: [shopcountry 8452] NEX-7: [shopcountry 8454] Zeiss 24mm f/1.8: [shopcountry 8450] 50mm f/1.8: [shopcountry 8448] 55-210mm: [shopcountry 8444]


Download new A77 RAW files! A77 to be in Stock in Hong Kong in 11 days only!


Those lucky guys living in Hong Kong can get the A77 twenty days before the rest of the world will get them! As you can see on the screenshot on top it will be in Stock on September 22. The link to the websites is here:

Adam Ciszewski (Thanks!) sent us a full package of Sony A77 RAW images. Those are shots made from ISO 100 up to ISO 12800. You can download them at (167 MB!!!!). You can open them with Raw Therapee V4.0 32. For Windows, RAW support at:

The NEX-5n is available at (Click on store names):
USA&Canada: Amazon (in Stock!), Sonystore US (in Stock!), Sonystore Canada (in Stock!) and [shoplink 8452 ebay]eBay (in Stock!)[/shoplink].
Europe: SonyStore DE (in Stock), SonyStore FR (in Stock), SonyStore IT (in Stock), Amazon DE (preorder), Amazon UK (preorder) and [shoplink 8452 ebay]eBay (in Stock!)[/shoplink].
Asia: Digitalrev (in Stock), [shoplink 8452 ebay]eBay (in Stock!)[/shoplink].

All other camera preorder links:
Sony NEX-7 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A77 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 at BHphoto (notification only), Adorama and Sonystore.
Sony 55-210mm E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.


Download the first video made with the NEX-7!


The video on top has been shot with the NEX-7! Be aware that the camera was using the firmware version 0.3! The video doesn’t really look good yet but I ma sure this is far away from what the final NEX-7 can deliver in terms of video quality. Firmware is in baby stage, the video was taken in full automatic mode and without knowing what kind of settings you should use to get the best out of the cam. And than there is also that youtube conversion. Try to analyze the original video: You can download the full original file by clicking on that Torrent-link: Below you can read the full settings used to shot the video.

ID : 0 (0x0)
Format : BDAV
Format/Info : Blu-ray Video
File size : 247 MiB
Duration : 2mn 6s
Overall bit rate : 16.4 Mbps
Maximum Overall bit rate : 18.0 Mbps

ID : 4113 (0x1011)
Menu ID : 1 (0x1)
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : High@L4.0
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 2 frames
Format settings, GOP : M=2, N=13
Codec ID : 27
Duration : 2mn 5s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 15.5 Mbps
Maximum bit rate : 16.0 Mbps
Width : 1 920 pixels
Height : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate : 25.000 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Interlaced
Scan order : Top Field First
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.298
Stream size : 232 MiB (94%)

ID : 4352 (0x1100)
Menu ID : 1 (0x1)
Format : AC-3
Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
Mode extension : CM (complete main)
Codec ID : 129
Duration : 2mn 5s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 256 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : Front: L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits
Compression mode : Lossy
Delay relative to video : -80ms
Stream size : 3.84 MiB (2%)

ID : 4608 (0x1200)
Menu ID : 1 (0x1)
Format : PGS
Codec ID : 144
Duration : 2mn 5s
Delay relative to video : -80ms

NEX Preorders (Click on the shop name and you will be directly land on the product page!):
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada, SonyStore DE, SonyStore FR, SonyStore IT, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Digitalrev and [shoplink 8452 ebay]eBay[/shoplink].
NEX-7 body only:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops and Computeruniverse.
NEX-7 with 18-55mm kit lens:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada.
50mm f/1.8:
Sonystore US, Adorama.