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 Samsung (such as the NX300 and the NX1000)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-5N compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO), has a touch screen, captures 3D images, can focus continuously while recording movies and has slightly less shutter lag (235 ms vs 670 ms).

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 august, 2012), is slightly more expensive ($789.00 vs $507.99) and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5R
1 year newer
$508 (body only)
$1,218 18-55mm lens

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

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly 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
arrow Compare the NEX-5R vs the NEX-5N

Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5T
2 years newer
$448 (body only)
$598 - $599 16-50mm lens

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

  • Significantly 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
arrow Compare the NEX-5T vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$320 (body only)
$325 - $450 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
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 16,000 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the NEX-3N and NEX-5N

  • Good dynamic range: 12.5 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
arrow Compare the Alpha NEX-3N vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6
1 year newer
$493 - $748 (body only)
$664 - $898 16-50mm lens

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

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

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

  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the NEX-6 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
arrow Compare the Alpha NEX-6 vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$598 (body only)
$565 18-55mm 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
  • 3D photos
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Alpha NEX-5 vs the NEX-5N

Sony NEX-7

Sony NEX-7
similar age
$800 (body only)
$979 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has an external mic jack
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • No touch screen
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 16,000 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the NEX-7 and NEX-5N

  • Good image quality: 81.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13.4 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
arrow Compare the NEX-7 vs the NEX-5N

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it 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), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24.1 MP), has significantly more startup delay (1900 ms vs 600 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror), lacks and external mic jack and much fewer lenses available (21 lenses vs 205 lenses).

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$499 - $749 (body only)
$550 - $600 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)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 77.0
  • More noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the T3i and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs the Sony NEX-5N

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$497 - $580 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
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

common strengths of the D3200 and NEX-5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3200 vs the Sony NEX-5N

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$449 - $520 (body only)
$545 - $696 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
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 127x96x78 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D5100 and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
arrow Compare the Nikon D5100 vs the Sony NEX-5N

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$647 (body only)
$747 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)

  • Much larger: Prosumer size 129x98x78 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • No touch screen
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D5200 and NEX-5N

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
arrow Compare the Nikon D5200 vs the Sony NEX-5N

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older
$575 (body only)
$546 - $779 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T2i (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 T2i (vs the NEX-5N)

  • More noise at high ISO: 784 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the T2i and NEX-5N

  • Very small: Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 530 g vs 269 g
arrow Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T2i vs the Sony NEX-5N

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$499 - $500 (body only)
$639 - $743 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
  • Worse color depth: 21.8 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

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
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel SL1 vs the Sony NEX-5N

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 nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), is much less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 390 ISO), has significantly better image quality (77.0 vs 66.0), much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,229k dots), is slightly larger (compact 111x59x38 mm vs compact 101x58x35 mm), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20 MP).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$548 - $550

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 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
  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 390 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Supports RAW
arrow Compare the Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs the NEX-5N

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II
1 year newer
$698

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

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

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

  • Much smaller sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 483 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 67.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the RX100 II and NEX-5N

  • Very large sensors: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 483 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Supports RAW
arrow Compare the Cyber-shot RX100 II vs the NEX-5N