As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro DSLRs and pro digicams. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the NEX-5R and the NEX-5T) and Canon (such as the EOS M and the Rebel T3i)

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 touch screen, captures 3D images, can focus continuously while recording movies, has significantly less shutter lag (235 ms vs 670 ms) and has a slightly longer battery life (460 shots vs 360 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), 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
$347 (body only)
$898 16mm lens

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

  • Have touch screens
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out 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

  • Have touch screens
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out 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

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$360 (body only)
$350 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
  • In-camera panoramas

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 NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6
1 year newer
$659 (body only)
$887 16-50mm lens

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • More focus points: 99 vs 25
  • Built-in flash

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

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

common strengths of the NEX-6 and NEX-5N

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • In-camera panoramas

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-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 720p @ 24fps), has slightly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits) and has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 17.9 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 500 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism), lacks and external mic jack and much fewer lenses available (21 lenses vs 205 lenses).

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$629 (body only)
$549 - $630 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the T3i and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$279 - $547 (body only)
$447 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the D3200 and NEX-5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g
  • Inexpensive: $279.00 vs $456.79

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$649 - $650 (body only)
$649 - $650 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the NEX-5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 61.0 vs 77.0
  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 23.6 bits

common strengths of the T5i and NEX-5N

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

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$354 (body only)
$600 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the D5100 and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $354.09 vs $456.79

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$499 (body only)
$399 - $400 18-55mm lens

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

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

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 724 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly worse image quality: 63.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and NEX-5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 480 g vs 269 g
  • Inexpensive: $399.00 vs $456.79

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
3 years older
$717 (body only)
$1,031 55-300mm lens

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the NEX-5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D90 and NEX-5N

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-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 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it it's body is not weather sealed, has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 400 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism), lacks and external mic jack and has slightly more shutter lag (235 ms vs 131 ms).

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$579 - $673 (body only)
$899 - $1,199 18-135mm lens

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

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

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Worse image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the 60D and NEX-5N

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size 145x106x79 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$749 - $778 (body only)
$849 - $1,448 28-135mm lens

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

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

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Worse image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 23.6 bits

common strengths of the 7D and NEX-5N

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Fairly small: Professional size 148x111x74 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.5"

compared toPro digicam competitors

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

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 record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and is older (august, 2011 vs august, 2013).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$370 - $448

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

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 390 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and NEX-5N

  • Supports RAW
  • Good image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0
  • High resolution screens: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
2 years newer
$399

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the NEX-5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 230 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 54.0 vs 77.0
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the G16 and NEX-5N

  • Supports RAW
  • High resolution screens: 922k dots vs 920k dots
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO