As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level 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 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 has a slightly longer battery life (460 shots vs 330 shots).

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
$396 (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)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

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

  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.7 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5T
2 years newer
$299 (body only)
$549 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
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

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

  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.6 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$448 (body only)
$598 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 image quality: 82.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$298 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 image quality: 79.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits

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
$286 (body only)
$373 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

  • Good dynamic range: 12.5 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has slightly better image quality (77.0 vs 65.0), 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 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 700 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
$309 - $527 (body only)
$389 - $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)

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

common strengths of the D3200 and NEX-5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g
  • Very inexpensive: $309.00 vs $299.00

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$499 - $550 (body only)
$549 - $630 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)

  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • More noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • 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
$385 (body only)
$429 - $499 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)

  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 127x96x78 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm

common strengths of the D5100 and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $384.95 vs $299.00

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$599 - $699 (body only)
$597 - $700 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (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 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

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$449 - $549 (body only)
$549 - $550 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (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 SL1 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 63.0 vs 77.0
  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Worse color depth: 21.8 bits vs 23.6 bits

common strengths of the SL1 and NEX-5N

  • Have touch screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Very small: Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$497 (body only)
$597 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)

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

common strengths of the D5200 and NEX-5N

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 25

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-5N compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a much larger sensor (APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm), 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) and has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.7 EV).

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
$498 - $798

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

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Much smaller sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 390 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

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

  • Very large sensors: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
  • Supports RAW
  • Good image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0

Canon PowerShot G16

Canon PowerShot G16
2 years newer
$449

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 smaller sensor: 1/1.8" 7.4x5.6mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 230 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 54.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the G16 and NEX-5N

  • Supports RAW
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • In-camera HDR