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Sony NEX-5 vs NEX-5N ISO/Image Quality Test

Alowisney

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I wanted to see the difference in the ISO capabilities and image quality of the NEX-5 and NEX-5N, so I set up a tripod and shot a series of shots from each in RAW+JPEG to see the differences. I chose a scene in my house to show color reproduction and detail that also had some straight lines to also show distortion from the 18-55mm kit lens. I used Program mode and just adjusted the ISO. I left the lens at 18mm for each shot.

First, is the NEX-5's Auto JPEG. I corrected for lens distortion in Lightroom. The NEX-5 chose ISO 800, 1/30 at f/3.5.



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Here's the 5N's Auto JPEG. I didn't have to correct anything since the 5N has built in distortion correction on JPEGs. The 5N chose ISO 2000, 1/60 at f/4.0.

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Just to show the barrel distortion, here's the auto JPEG from the 5 without lens correction.



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I did the lens correction for the remaining shots.

Here's the 5's Auto shot in RAW.



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Here's the 5N's Auto shot in RAW.



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ISO 100 JPEG from 5N. The 5's ISO sensitivity starts at 200, so nothing to compare here, but I just wanted to include it.



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ISO 100 RAW from the 5N.



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ISO 200 JPEG from the 5.



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ISO 200 JPEG from the 5N.



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ISO 200 RAW from the 5.



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ISO 200 RAW from the 5N.



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ISO 400 JPEG from the 5.



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ISO 400 JPEG from the 5N.



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ISO 400 RAW from the 5.



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ISO 400 RAW from the 5N.



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ISO 800 JPEG from the 5.

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ISO 800 JPEG from the 5N.

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ISO 800 RAW from the 5.

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ISO 800 RAW from the 5N.

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ISO 1600 JPEG from the 5.

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ISO 1600 JPEG from the 5N.

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ISO 1600 RAW from the 5.

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ISO 1600 RAW from the 5N.

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ISO 3200 JPEG from the 5.

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ISO 3200 JPEG from the 5N.

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ISO 3200 RAW from the 5.

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ISO 3200 RAW from the 5N.

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ISO 6400 JPEG from the 5.

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ISO 6400 JPEG from the 5N.

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ISO 6400 RAW from the 5.

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ISO 6400 RAW from the 5N.

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ISO 12800 JPEG from the 5.

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ISO 12800 JPEG from the 5N.

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ISO 12800 RAW from the 5.

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ISO 12800 RAW from the 5N.

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"532" width="800" /></a></td></tr><tr><td style="font-family:arial,sans-serif; font-size:11px; text-align:right">From <a href="https://picasaweb.google.com/brian.allen.godfrey/5nTest?authuser=0&authkey=Gv1sRgCOnQl7-yo6nufA&feat=embedwebsite">5n test</a></td></tr></table>

That's where the 5's ISO sensitivity tops out. The 5N continues though.

ISO 25600 JPEG from the 5N.

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ISO 25600 RAW from the 5N.

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I hope this is helpful to someone!

I just want to take this opportunity to thank Amin Sabet for the NEX-5N giveaway that allowed me to have the NEX-5N. I really love the camera and the community of these forums!
 

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Great comparison Alowisney, This will come really handy for users who are planning to upgrade from the NEX-5 to the 5N.
 
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