If you picked up a Sony NEX-5N, then you know that the camera does not come with an electronic viewfinder like its older sibling, the NEX-7. In fact, in this segment of cameras, it’s less and less common to find a camera with any viewfinder at all, whether it be electronic or optical. For viewfinder purists out there though, there is a solution. Many of these cameras have to option of buying an electronic viewfinder add-on and the Sony NEX-5N is no exception.

Sony for example has the FDAEV1S Electronic Viewfinder for the Sony NEX-5N camera. It features an XGA OLED screen with approximately 2359k dots for a very realistic picture. Unlike some optical viewfinders, the Sony Electronic Viewfinder has 100% field coverage which means what you see in the viewfinder is what the camera is going to capture. You’ll also be able to view real time adjustments you make in the camera as well.

I haven’t had a chance to check out the Sony FDAEV1S Elelectronic Viewfinder yet as the price of $349.99 is a bit steep considering it is half the price of the camera, but from what I’m read, it is a must have accessory for the NEX-5N. Even if you did buy one of these, the total price of the NEX-5N plus the FDAEV1S still comes under the price of the NEX-7 with several hundred dollars to spare and the FDAEV1S Electronic Viewfinder allows you to tilt it up to a 90º angle which the Sony NEX-7 viewfinder can not do. It also places the viewfinder closer to the center of the camera instead of way off to the left like on the NEX-7.

Below you’ll find some of the main features of the FDAEV1S Electronic Viewfinder. Hopefully we’ll get a chance to get some hands on time with it in the future. As with most Sony NEX accessories and lenses lately, you’ll have to search around for it as they usually sell out pretty quickly when they are in stock. For example, you can try picking it up on Amazon here - Sony FDA-EV1S Electronic Viewfinder for NEX-5N Digital Camera – though Amazon’s own warehouses have been out of stock on this item for at least a few weeks already.




There’s never been anything quite like the XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ Electronic Viewfinder. For size, speed and brightness, this is a gem. This eye-level, through-the-lens, viewfinder begins with approx. 2,359K dots for amazing resolution and high contrast ratio for incredible depth. OLED reduces motion blur to a bare minimum. You can also see the results of camera adjustments in real time with superb color and detail.

Approx.100% field coverage

The 0.5″ screen displays approx. 100% of what the sensor is reading for sure framing and composition.

High Contrast Ratio

The high contrast ratio provides beautiful viewing in rich color with deep blacks.

Adustable Angle

The EVF can also smoothly adjust from 0 to 90 degrees from the camera body to accomodate different shooting positions.

Information Display

The viewfinder can also display shooting related information for additional ease of

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