Sony NEX 5N review with 5n vs. Panasonic GH2 test footage


Sony NEX 5N versus Panasonic GH2 – EOSHD Review from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

This is a short test in low light against the hacked GH2.

The GH2 is set to 1080/24p AVCHD 44Mbit with Auto Quantizer 4. The NEX 5N is set to 1080/25p AVCHD 24Mbit.

I’ve included some 1080/50p slow motion footage as well and normally lit scenes shot with the NEX 5N.

Lenses: GH2 – Samyang 35mm F1.4, 5N – Canon 50mm F1.2 L. Both set to F1.4 throughout. Later 5N scenes are with the standard 18-55mm kit lens.

The Sony NEX 5N is the first DSLR* from Sony that offers manual control in video mode and 24p. It precedes the higher end Sony A77 and NEX 7 by about 2 months and is priced at just $599 for the body only. The 18-55mm OSS kit lens is video optimised and has a very effective optical stabiliser. A 50mm F1.8 OSS prime will follow soon (I tried one at IFA, it’s great to finally have a stabiliser on a fast prime!) and the OLED viewfinder add-on.

* I use the term DSLR as an umbrella term for cameras now – when technically the new Sonys are SLT or mirrorless compact system cameras (CSC).

The NEX 5N like the FS100 and NEX 7 is E-Mount. It will take the same lenses (including PL) and the forthcoming Zeiss 24mm F1.8. I had a play with this lens at IFA and it is absolutely beautiful, as is the OLED viewfinder on the NEX 7 and A77.

There is absolutely no doubt that Sony have produced a dark horse here, at this price and position in the range. It offers the biggest amount of bang per square inch and per dollar that I have ever seen. Due to it’s size and compatibility out of the box with PL mount lenses, it could also replace a director’s viewfinder with a digital equivalent.

Personally I am extremely disappointed with the Sony Nex 5N, to my eye it doesn’t look any better than Canon T3i or 60D footage. I think it actually might not even be there, however I withhold judgement until I get my hands on one my self. Based on the footage of the Sony Nex 5n and the very disappointing reviews of the Sony A77 I am not holding out much hope for the Nex 7. Sure the Nex 7 will probably be a great little stills camera but I don’t think it will be enough of a jump to get me to sell my Canon. This new batch of Nex cameras seems like a big jump up from the previous line but I wondering if it might take the next generation to really get more out of these cameras in terms of video capability. However I think Sony IS on the right track and adding 24P was/is big and I will hope it will become standard. I want a Sony HX9V that shoots 24P!:)