As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to waterproofs, entry-level DSLRs, pro DSLRs and super zooms. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the NEX 5R and the Alpha NEX-3N) and Nikon (such as the Coolpix AW110 and the D3200)

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 slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.8"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has a touch screen, can focus continuously while recording movies and has much less shutter lag (235 ms vs 438 ms).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 600 ms), is older (august 2011 vs february 2013) and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Sony NEX 5R

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1 year newer

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

  • None found

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the 5R and 5N

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

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

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1 year newer

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

  • Built-in flash

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

  • Much more startup delay: 2200 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the NEX-3N and 5N

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Incredible shutter lag: 272 ms vs 235 ms

Sony Alpha A5000

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2 years newer
$379 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

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

Olympus PEN E-PL5

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1 year newer
$632 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL5 (vs the 5N)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly more lenses available: 108 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL5 (vs the 5N)

  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No 24p support
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the E-PL5 and 5N

  • Incredible startup delay: 600 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens

Sony NEX 5T

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2 years newer

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

  • None found

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the 5T and 5N

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

Fujifilm X-E1

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1 year newer

Significant advantages of the X-E1 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the X-E1 (vs the 5N)

  • Much more startup delay: 2400 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Much more shutter lag: 438 ms vs 235 ms
  • Much smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"

common strengths of the X-E1 and 5N

  • 24p support
  • Fairly small: Mid size (129×75×38 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 350 g vs 269 g

compared toWaterproof competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to waterproof competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 614k dots), takes slightly higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, is significantly larger (compact (111×59×38 mm) vs compact (110×65×25 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and it's body is not weather sealed.

Nikon Coolpix AW110

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1 year newer
$404

Significant advantages of the AW110 (vs the 5N)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the AW110 (vs the 5N)

  • None found

common strengths of the AW110 and 5N

  • None found

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 581 ISO), has significantly better image quality (77.0 vs 66.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs none), has much more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.3 bits) and has much wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20.1 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 900 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon EOS 80D

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4 years newer
$1,099 (body only)
$1,249 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 5N)

  • Much larger: Professional size (139×105×79 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.5"
  • Shoots significantly slower: 7 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the EOS 80D and 5N

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens

Sony SLT A58

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1 year newer

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 more noise at high ISO: 753 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the SLT A58 and 5N

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

Canon Rebel T2i

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1 year older

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

  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 530 g vs 269 g

Sony SLT A37

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8 months newer

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 900 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

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

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

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 T3i

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6 months older

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 1500 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

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
  • Much worse image quality: 65.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the T3i and 5N

  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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4 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A700 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 600 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A700 (vs the 5N)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 581 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Less dynamic range: 11.9 EV vs 12.7 EV

common strengths of the DSLR-A700 and 5N

  • None found

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 none), has slightly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.2 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.1 EV) and has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5").

However, on average it has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 400 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism), lacks and external mic jack, much fewer lenses available (62 lenses vs 220 lenses) and has a slightly shorter battery life (460 shots vs 1100 shots).

Canon EOS 5D

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6 years older
$3,452 50mm lens

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 1,368 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much more lenses available: 165 lenses vs 62 lenses

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

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • No live view
  • Less dynamic range: 11.1 EV vs 12.7 EV

common strengths of the 5D and 5N

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,368 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good color depth: 22.9 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Fairly small: Professional size (152×113×75 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Canon EOS 60D

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1 year older
$850 17-85mm 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)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 813 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Worse image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the 60D and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 1.5"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (compact (111×59×38 mm) vs professional size (130×93×103 mm)), takes slightly higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 9.9 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (august 2011 vs february 2013), is slightly more expensive ($759.86 vs $480.34) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

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1 year newer
$480 - $572

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the 5N)

  • No 24p support
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second