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Hey guys. My old camera recently died (strange lines across pictures) and I have been keeping an eye out for a new camera.

Just found a new Sony NEX-5N with "minor cosmetic damage" for $125. I have no idea if this camera is any good or if it is what I should be looking at.

Main things I plan to do with it is take pictures of scenery (awesome desktop backgrounds), maybe a few shots of my computer too thumb.gif.

Mostly looking for vibrant colors (not washed out) and images that are not grainy.

It also comes with a 18-55 lens. I have absolutely no idea what this mean.

Any input would be awesome. Thanks, I'm pretty lost when it comes to cameras.
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Hey guys. My old camera recently died (strange lines across pictures) and I have been keeping an eye out for a new camera.

Just found a new Sony NEX-5N with "minor cosmetic damage" for $125. I have no idea if this camera is any good or if it is what I should be looking at.

Main things I plan to do with it is take pictures of scenery (awesome desktop backgrounds), maybe a few shots of my computer too thumb.gif.

Mostly looking for vibrant colors (not washed out) and images that are not grainy.

It also comes with a 18-55 lens. I have absolutely no idea what this mean.

Any input would be awesome. Thanks, I'm pretty lost when it comes to cameras.

That's a really low price.

Review

If all you're looking for is a digital point-and-shoot the NEX-5N would be way overkill with a steep learning curve.
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You have to buy it at that price regardless of your intentions. The lens alone is worth more than that. Anyways, that camera is capable of incredible shots. Even if you're not interested in the hobby, you can just put it in Superior Auto or Intelligent Auto and use it as a point and shoot. Like I said, for that price, it'd be an easy money maker even if you didn't want something that nice. You could take the profit and turn around and buy something smaller and simpler.
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Ended up getting it. Figure auto mode should be good enough if I can't figure out how to use all the other functions.

Ended up paying $175 with tax included. Got a slightly more expensive one since that one was missing the battery charger and lens cap. From what I have been told this one is only missing the lens cap, but is in perfect condition otherwise.

Should arrive in a 2 - 4 weeks. Should be able to get a cheap replacement lens cap by then.
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Great camera, sensor is great

I have the NEX3, same sensor.
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Sweet jesus. Where did you find it for that price? I just sold my 40D and would like to have a decent DSLR until I can make the jump to FF in a couple of years.
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Friend knows someone who works at Blacks. They were getting rid of damaged cameras and ones with missing parts. It was an employees only sale.
Unfortunately the guy I was getting it from was unable to get the camera. Guess someone else got it before he did.
frown.gif Will be dealing with my cell phones horrible camera for a while more.
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Ouch.
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