As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the NEX-5R and the NEX-5T) and Samsung (such as the NX300 and the NX1000)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-5N compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has a touch screen, captures 3D images, has much less shutter lag (235 ms vs 670 ms) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has slightly fewer focus points (25 vs 99), is older (august, 2011 vs february, 2013), is less popular and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5R
1 year newer
$300 (body only)

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

  • More focus points: 99 vs 25

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

  • None found

common strengths of the NEX-5R and NEX-5N

  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.7 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Have touch screens

Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5T
2 years newer
$349 (body only)
$640 16-50mm lens

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

  • More focus points: 99 vs 25

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the NEX-5T and NEX-5N

  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.6 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Have touch screens

Sony Alpha A6000

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

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Many more focus points: 179 vs 25

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the A6000 and NEX-5N

  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • 24p support

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$473 (body only)
$398 16-50mm lens

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

  • Significantly less startup delay: 1000 ms vs 1900 ms

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 670 ms vs 235 ms
  • No 24p support
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the NEX-5 and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Fairly small: Compact 111x59x38 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$300 (body only)
$420 16-50mm lens

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

  • Built-in flash

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

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

common strengths of the NEX-3N and NEX-5N

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$435 - $448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the A5000 and NEX-5N

  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • 24p support

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 3.7 fps).

However, on average it takes slightly 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), lacks and external mic jack and much fewer lenses available (21 lenses vs 205 lenses).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$302 - $527 (body only)
$379 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much more lenses available: 205 lenses vs 21 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the D3200 and NEX-5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g
  • Inexpensive: $301.99 vs $449.00

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$499 - $539 (body only)
$553 - $599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much more lenses available: 197 lenses vs 21 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the NEX-5N)

  • More noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the T3i and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$334 (body only)
$847 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much more lenses available: 205 lenses vs 21 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the D5100 and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $334.09 vs $449.00

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older
$569 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much more lenses available: 197 lenses vs 21 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 784 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the T2i and NEX-5N

  • Very small: Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.5"

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$547 (body only)
$499 - $647 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much more lenses available: 205 lenses vs 21 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 129x98x78 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm

common strengths of the D5200 and NEX-5N

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

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$233 (body only)
$375 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much more lenses available: 205 lenses vs 21 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D3100 and NEX-5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g