As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs. 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
$1,026 - $1,060 16-50mm lens

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

  • 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
$348 (body only)
$630 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-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$498 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
  • In-camera HDR
arrow Compare the Alpha NEX-5 vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$648 (body only)
$798 - $799 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Many more focus points: 179 vs 25
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24.3 MP vs 16 MP

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 color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
arrow Compare the Alpha A6000 vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$400 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
arrow Compare the Alpha NEX-3N vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$448 - $450 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
arrow Compare the Alpha A5000 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 720p @ 24fps), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4 fps) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 500 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism), 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 - $648 (body only)
$200 - $579 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)

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

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
$319 (body only)
$389 - $506 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
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps

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
$378 - $415 (body only)
$495 - $564 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 D90

Nikon D90
3 years older
$929 (body only)
$848 - $940 18-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much more lenses available: 205 lenses vs 21 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Professional size 132x103x77 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D90 and NEX-5N

  • None found
arrow Compare the Nikon D90 vs the Sony NEX-5N

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$547 (body only)
$549 - $647 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
  • 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
arrow Compare the Nikon D5200 vs the Sony NEX-5N

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older
$639 (body only)
$200 - $674 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)

  • Significantly 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