As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro DSLRs, pro digicams and travel zooms. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the NEX 5R and the Alpha A5000) and Canon (such as the EOS M and the EOS Rebel T6)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a touch screen, can focus continuously while recording movies, has much less shutter lag (235 ms vs 670 ms), has a slightly longer battery life (460 shots vs 360 shots) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), has slightly more startup delay (1900 ms vs 1000 ms), is older (august 2011 vs august 2013) and is less popular.

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
1 year newer
$733 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 5R (vs the 5N)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5R (vs the 5N)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5R and 5N

  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.7 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$437 (body only)
$365 - $448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5000 and 5N

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,089 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good image quality: 79.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$390 (body only)
$500 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX-5 (vs the 5N)

  • Significantly less startup delay: 1000 ms vs 1900 ms

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-5 (vs the 5N)

  • Much more shutter lag: 670 ms vs 235 ms
  • No 24p support
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 23.6 bits

common strengths of the NEX-5 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 269 g

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$548 (body only)
$598 - $698 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the 5N)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the A6000 and 5N

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6
1 year newer
$549 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-6 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-6 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the NEX-6 and 5N

  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.7 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the 5T (vs the 5N)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 5T (vs the 5N)

  • None found

common strengths of the 5T and 5N

  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.6 bits vs 23.6 bits

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is slightly less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 793 ISO), has slightly better image quality (77.0 vs 65.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has much more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits) and has much wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24.1 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 700 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$389 (body only)
$399 - $699 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much less startup delay: 400 ms vs 1900 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the 5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the D3200 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g
  • Inexpensive: $389.00 vs $279.99

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$325 - $749 (body only)
$449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the 5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and 5N

  • Light weight: 485 g vs 269 g
  • Inexpensive: $325.00 vs $279.99

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$499 (body only)
$759 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the 5N)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the T3i and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Inexpensive: $499.00 vs $279.99

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$389 - $649 (body only)
$449 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much less startup delay: 700 ms vs 1900 ms

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the 5N)

  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Less dynamic range: 11.2 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,079 ISO

common strengths of the T5i and 5N

  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has slightly better image quality (77.0 vs 66.0), has significantly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.2 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5.3 fps).

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 36.2 MP), it's body is not weather sealed and has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 400 ms).

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$769 - $899 (body only)
$869 - $999 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the 5N)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Less dynamic range: 11.6 EV vs 12.7 EV

common strengths of the 70D and 5N

  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$830 (body only)
$977 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the 5N)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the 60D and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 755 g vs 269 g

Pentax K-1

Pentax K-1
4 years newer
$1,847 (body only)
$2,066 50mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-1 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the K-1 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen
  • Shoots significantly slower: 4.4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much thicker: 3.4" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the K-1 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (137×110×86 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Inexpensive: $1,847.00 vs $279.99

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to pro digicam competitors include: it much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a touch screen, records movies in 24p, has a screen which flips out and has a much longer battery life (460 shots vs 220 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20 MP) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 24 fps).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Lighter: 213 g vs 269 g

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the 5N)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • No touch screen
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and 5N

  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×36 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.5"

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V
5 years newer
$998 - $1,050

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Many more focus points: 315 vs 25

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V (vs the 5N)

  • Much shorter battery life: 220 shots vs 460 shots
  • No touch screen
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V and 5N

  • Fairly small: Compact (102×58×41 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to travel zoom competitors include: it significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), records movies in 24p, has a screen which flips out, captures 3D images and has a slightly longer battery life (460 shots vs 300 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, doesn't have a built-in flash, has a much smaller screen (3" vs 4.8"), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps) and doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens).

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2

Samsung Galaxy Camera 2
2 years newer
$549

Significant advantages of the Camera 2 (vs the 5N)

  • Much larger screen: 4.8" vs 3"
  • Has a GPS
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the Camera 2 (vs the 5N)

  • No 24p support
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Camera 2 and 5N

  • Larger than average screens: 4.8" vs 3"
  • High resolution screens: 1,036k dots vs 920k dots
  • Have touch screens

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 50 fps vs 10 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (vs the 5N)

  • No 24p support
  • Built-in lens only
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) and 5N

  • High resolution screens: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO