As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and pro digicams. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha A5000 and the NEX 5R) and Nikon (such as the 1 V1 and the D7100)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is slightly less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 910 ISO), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has a touch screen, can focus continuously while recording movies and has a slightly longer battery life (460 shots vs 330 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (august 2011 vs february 2013), is less popular and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$348 (body only)
$379 - $390 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the 5N)

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

common strengths of the A5000 and 5N

  • Very 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 NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
1 year newer
$795 (body only)
$778 18-55mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 910 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the 5R and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 910 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$498 (body only)
$592 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the A6000 and 5N

  • Very 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-5

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

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

  • None found

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 796 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Worse image quality: 69.0 vs 77.0
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the NEX-5 and 5N

  • Good dynamic range: 12.2 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3
8 months newer
$530 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the F3 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the F3 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the F3 and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,114 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good dynamic range: 12.3 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$376 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-3N (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-3N (vs the 5N)

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

common strengths of the NEX-3N and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,067 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good image quality: 74.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 12.5 EV vs 12.7 EV

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 500 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100
1 year newer
$598 - $697 (body only)
$997 - $1,071 18-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7100 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much less startup delay: 300 ms vs 1900 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D7100 (vs the 5N)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D7100 and 5N

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D3200

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

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 400 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 16 MP

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

Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37
8 months newer

Significant advantages of the SLT A37 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A37 (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.6" vs 3"
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 799 ISO vs 1,079 ISO

common strengths of the SLT A37 and 5N

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older
$199 (body only)
$389 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the 5N)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 784 ISO vs 1,079 ISO

common strengths of the T2i and 5N

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.5"

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years newer
$396 - $597 (body only)
$466 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 1,338 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much less startup delay: 500 ms vs 1900 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the 5N)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D5300 and 5N

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
1 year newer
$627 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 753 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the SLT A58 and 5N

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Focus continuously recording movies

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is much less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 230 ISO), has much better image quality (77.0 vs 54.0), has significantly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 21 bits), has much wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.7 EV) and significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (august 2011 vs august 2013) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

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

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

  • No 24p support
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and 5N

  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots
  • Inexpensive: $448.00 vs $522.00

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
2 years newer
$721

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the 5N)

  • No 24p support
  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the G16 and 5N

  • Great battery life: 360 shots vs 460 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second