The Contax N Digital is mostly gets compared to mirrorless, boutiques and entry-level DSLRs. The Contax N Digital's top rivals come from Hasselblad (such as the Lunar) and Ricoh (such as the GR)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Contax N Digital compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentaprism vs digital), has a faster max shutter speed (1/8000 of a second vs 1/2000 of a second) and slightly longer exposures (32 seconds vs 1 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), takes significantly lower resolution photos (6.1 MP vs 24 MP), doesn't have a screen which flips out and much less viewfinder coverage (95% vs 100%).

Hasselblad Lunar

Hasselblad Lunar
12 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lunar (vs the N Digital)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the Lunar (vs the N Digital)

  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the Lunar and N Digital

  • None found

Epson R-D1

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3 years newer

Significant advantages of the R-D1 (vs the N Digital)

  • Significantly smaller: Standard size (142×89×40 mm) vs Professional size (152×117×69 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 1.6" vs 2.7"

Significant disadvantages of the R-D1 (vs the N Digital)

  • Doesn't have a through-the-lens viewfinder: Rangefinder vs Pentaprism
  • Significantly shorter max exposures: 1 seconds vs 32 seconds

common strengths of the R-D1 and N Digital

  • Viewfinders: Rangefinder vs Pentaprism

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Contax N Digital compared to boutique competitors include: it has interchangeable lenses, has a viewfinder (pentaprism vs none) and has a faster max shutter speed (1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second).

However, on average it has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), is much larger (professional size (152×117×69 mm) vs compact (117×61×35 mm)), takes slightly lower resolution photos (6.1 MP vs 16.1 MP), is older (july 2000 vs april 2013) and is thicker (2.7" vs 1.4").

Ricoh GR

Ricoh GR
12 years newer
$499

Significant advantages of the GR (vs the N Digital)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Much smaller: Compact (117×61×35 mm) vs Professional size (152×117×69 mm)
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the GR (vs the N Digital)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentaprism

common strengths of the GR and N Digital

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Contax N Digital compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it much larger viewfinder (0.73x vs 0.60x), is thinner (2.7" vs 2.9") and much longer exposures (32 seconds vs 30 seconds).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 25fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes much lower resolution photos (6.1 MP vs 16.1 MP) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Pentax K-5

Pentax K-5
10 years newer
$331 (body only)

Significant advantages of the K-5 (vs the N Digital)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 6.1 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 (vs the N Digital)

  • Much smaller viewfinder: 0.60x vs 0.73x
  • Much shorter max exposures: 30 seconds vs 32 seconds
  • Thicker: 2.9" vs 2.7"

common strengths of the K-5 and N Digital

  • Above average viewfinder size: 0.60x vs 0.73x
  • Both have pentaprism viewfinders: Pentaprism vs Pentaprism
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/8000 of a second