As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams and pro DSLRs. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha A6000 and the A7) and Canon (such as the EOS M and the Powershot S100)

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 touch screen, records movies in 24p, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5.5 fps), can focus continuously while recording movies and has much less shutter lag (235 ms vs 430 ms).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 1700 ms) and lacks and external mic jack.

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$398 - $448 (body only)
$490 - $498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the 5N)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the A6000 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 285 g vs 269 g

Sony A7

Sony A7
2 years newer
$798 (body only)
$998 28-70mm lens

Significant advantages of the A7 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the A7 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen
  • Shoots slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the A7 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 417 g vs 269 g
  • Thin: 1.9" vs 1.5"

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M
1 year newer
$469 - $579 (body only)
$595 - $599 15-45mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS M (vs the 5N)

  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the EOS M (vs the 5N)

  • Screen does not flip out
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 230 shots vs 460 shots
  • Significantly fewer lenses available: 13 lenses vs 62 lenses

common strengths of the EOS M and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (109×66×32 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 298 g vs 269 g

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
  • Much less startup delay: 1200 ms vs 1900 ms

Significant disadvantages of the C3 (vs the 5N)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No 24p support
  • No touch screen

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 7

Sony NEX-7
similar age
$737 18-55mm lens

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

  • Much less startup delay: 1200 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the NEX 7 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 350 g vs 269 g

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$572 16-50mm lens

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

  • Built-in flash

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

  • No touch screen
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the NEX-3N and 5N

  • Great battery life: 480 shots vs 460 shots
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×62×35 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 269 g vs 269 g

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 @ 24fps), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 17.9 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 400 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
3 years older
$599 (body only)
$1,758 18-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D90 and 5N

  • None found

Kodak Pixpro S-1

Kodak Pixpro S-1
4 months newer

Significant advantages of the Pixpro S-1 (vs the 5N)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 16.1 MP vs 16 MP
  • Significantly more focus points: 49 vs 25

Significant disadvantages of the Pixpro S-1 (vs the 5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the Pixpro S-1 and 5N

  • Very small: Mid size (116×68×36 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Very thin: 1.4" vs 1.5"
  • Very light: 290 g vs 269 g

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$420 (body only)
$565 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the 5N)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the 5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the D5200 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57
6 months newer
$599 (body only)

Significant advantages of the SLT A57 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 12 fps vs 10 fps

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A57 (vs the 5N)

  • Much larger: Professional size (132×98×81 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.5"
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the SLT A57 and 5N

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$329 (body only)
$550 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D3100 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3100 (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower true resolution: 14.2 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the D3100 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the 5N)

  • Much higher true resolution: 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the 5N)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

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"

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 461k dots), takes slightly higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 12 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 flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't have a built-in GPS, is slightly more expensive ($707.88 vs $197.00) and doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$648 - $782

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

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

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

  • Built-in lens only
  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 460 shots
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 320 shots vs 460 shots
  • Support external flash

Canon Powershot S100

Canon Powershot S100
similar age
$380

Significant advantages of the S100 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the S100 (vs the 5N)

  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 460 shots
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the S100 and 5N

  • None found

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
1 year older

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the G12 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Very long battery life: 350 shots vs 460 shots
  • Support external flash

Ricoh GR Digital III

Ricoh GR Digital III
2 years older

Significant advantages of the GR Digital III (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the GR Digital III (vs the 5N)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the GR Digital III and 5N

  • Support external flash

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs none), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 207k dots), has a touch screen and lets you preview your photos on the screen.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), 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) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
5 months newer
$2,500 (body only)
$2,642 50mm lens

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"
  • Much higher true resolution: 22.3 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • Shoots much slower: 6 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.5"
  • Much larger: Professional size (152×116×76 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and 5N

  • None found

Konica Minolta Dynax 7D

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7 years older

Significant advantages of the Dynax 7D (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the Dynax 7D (vs the 5N)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps
  • No live view

common strengths of the Dynax 7D and 5N

  • None found

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$2,292 18-200mm lens

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • Much thicker: 2.9" vs 1.5"
  • Much larger: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Shoots much slower: 8 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the 7D and 5N

  • Fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 10 fps
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.5"