As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to pro digicams, super zooms, entry-level DSLRs and travel zooms. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the NEX 5R and the Alpha NEX-5) and Canon (such as the PowerShot SX540 HS and the PowerShot G16)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps), has a touch screen, records movies in 24p, has a screen which flips out and has a slightly longer battery life (460 shots vs 230 shots).

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 60 fps).

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
1 year newer
$660 (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

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×59×39 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 276 g vs 269 g

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$593 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • No touch screen
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the NEX-5 and 5N

  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 269 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.5"

Sony NEX C3

Sony NEX C3
similar age
$717 (body only)
$289 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the C3 (vs the 5N)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the C3 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the C3 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×60×33 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 225 g vs 269 g

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
2 years newer

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 5T and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×59×39 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 276 g vs 269 g

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1
similar age
$832 10-30mm, 30-110mm lenses

Significant advantages of the J1 (vs the 5N)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 10 fps
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the J1 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen
  • No 24p support
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the J1 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (106×61×30 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Thin: 1.2" vs 1.5"

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3
1 year older
$398 (body only)

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

  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • No touch screen
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the NEX-3 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (117×62×33 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Thin: 1.3" vs 1.5"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), takes slightly higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 10 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 1.3 fps).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), lacks and external mic jack, is older (august 2011 vs august 2013) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel).

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
2 years newer
$600

Significant advantages of the G16 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Much longer exposures: 250 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the G16 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen
  • Screen does not flip out

common strengths of the G16 and 5N

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

Nikon Coolpix P7100

Nikon Coolpix P7100
similar age
$750

Significant advantages of the P7100 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the P7100 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the P7100 and 5N

  • Very long battery life: 350 shots vs 460 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX5
1 year older
$700

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX5 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the DMC-LX5 and 5N

  • Very long battery life: 400 shots vs 460 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 461k dots), is slightly smaller (compact (111×59×38 mm) vs prosumer size (120×82×92 mm)), takes significantly higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (august 2011 vs january 2016) and is significantly more expensive ($710.47 vs $309.00).

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS

Canon PowerShot SX540 HS
4 years newer
$399 - $426

Significant advantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot SX540 HS (vs the 5N)

  • Much shorter battery life: 205 shots vs 460 shots
  • Much lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the PowerShot SX540 HS and 5N

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (120×82×92 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Very light: 442 g vs 269 g
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 1.5"

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 720p @ 25fps), has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), takes much higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 12.2 MP) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 300 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror), lacks and external mic jack and has much more shutter lag (235 ms vs 105 ms).

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$310 - $549 (body only)
$393 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the 5N)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel T6 (vs the 5N)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (129×101×78 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and 5N

  • None found

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
1 year newer
$330 (body only)

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

  • Much higher true resolution: 20.1 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • 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
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the SLT A58 and 5N

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 10 fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon EOS 30D

Canon EOS 30D
5 years older
$266 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 30D (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the 30D (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower true resolution: 8.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the 30D and 5N

  • None found

Canon EOS Digital Rebel

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8 years older
$499 (body only)
$349 - $449 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the Rebel (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower true resolution: 6.3 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 118k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 1.8" vs 3"

common strengths of the Rebel and 5N

  • Thin: 2.8" vs 1.5"

Pentax K-r

Pentax K-r
1 year older
$1,195 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-r (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less shutter lag: 105 ms vs 235 ms
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the K-r (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the K-r and 5N

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (125×97×68 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.7" vs 1.5"

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to travel zoom competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), takes significantly 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 has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (august 2011 vs april 2013) and is slightly more expensive ($710.47 vs $280.00).

Olympus SZ-30MR

Olympus SZ-30MR
5 months older
$280

Significant advantages of the SZ-30MR (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    2. Sensor shift
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SZ-30MR (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the SZ-30MR and 5N

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$445

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the 5N)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and 5N

  • Very long battery life: 400 shots vs 460 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second