The Nikon Coolpix 5900 is mostly gets compared to mirrorless. The Nikon Coolpix 5900's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha A6000)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Nikon 5900 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is slightly lighter (185 g vs 285 g).

However, on average it records lower quality movies (480p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps), has a much smaller screen (2" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (115k dots vs 921k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes much lower resolution photos (5 MP vs 24 MP).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
9 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the 5900)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2"
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 115k dots

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the 5900)

  • None found

common strengths of the A6000 and 5900

  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Compact (88×60×37 mm)
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 185 g
  • Thin: 1.8" vs 1.5"