As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and pro DSLRs. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the NEX 5R and the Alpha A6000) and Canon (such as the EOS M and the Rebel T3i)

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, captures 3D images, can focus continuously while recording movies, has much less shutter lag (235 ms vs 670 ms) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), has slightly more startup delay (1900 ms vs 1000 ms), 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
$400 (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 color depth: 23.7 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • 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 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
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the A6000 and 5N

  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$347 (body only)
$448 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
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the A5000 and 5N

  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$390 (body only)
$481 16-50mm lens

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

  • Much 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 image quality: 69.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the NEX-5 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • 3D photos
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
2 years newer
$548 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the 5T and 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 NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$355 (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

  • Flip-out screens
  • 3D photos
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×62×35 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has slightly better image quality (77.0 vs 66.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has slightly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV) and slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24.2 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 (62 lenses vs 230 lenses).

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$549 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)

  • More noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 77.0
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the T3i and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Self cleaning sensors

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$354 (body only)
$509 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 500 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the 5N)

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

common strengths of the D5100 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • In-camera HDR

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$589 - $749 (body only)
$499 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

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$285 (body only)
$360 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (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 T5 (vs the 5N)

  • Worse color depth: 21.9 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 63.0 vs 77.0
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 755 ISO vs 1,079 ISO

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 480 g vs 269 g

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$329 (body only)
$393 - $547 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much less startup delay: 400 ms vs 1900 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the 5N)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

common strengths of the D3300 and 5N

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

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older
$743 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)

  • More noise at high ISO: 784 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lacks video autofocus: None vs Contrast detection

common strengths of the T2i and 5N

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

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), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has significantly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.7 EV) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), has a significantly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 2,359k dots), much lower maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 1,640,000 ISO), it's body is not weather sealed and has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 400 ms).

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$845 (body only)
$1,279 28-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (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 7D (vs the 5N)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 23.6 bits

common strengths of the 7D and 5N

  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.9" vs 1.5"
  • Inexpensive: $845.00 vs $522.00

Nikon D500

Nikon D500
4 years newer
$1,997 (body only)
$2,567 16-80mm lens

Significant advantages of the D500 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 2,359k dots vs 920k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D500 (vs the 5N)

  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.5"
  • Much larger: Large (147×115×81 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Much heavier: 860 g vs 269 g

common strengths of the D500 and 5N

  • Have touch screens
  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens