As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro DSLRs, pro digicams and travel zooms. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha A5000 and the Alpha A6000) and Canon (such as the EOS 6D and the EOS Rebel T6)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has much more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.2 bits), has a touch screen, can focus continuously while recording movies, has a significantly longer battery life (460 shots vs 360 shots) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 1,089 ISO), has much lower image quality (77.0 vs 78.0), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and has much narrower dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 13 EV).

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$447 (body only)
$365 - $379 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the 5N)

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

common strengths of the A5000 and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,089 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 79.0 vs 77.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$470 - $548 (body only)
$579 - $648 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the 5N)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the A6000 and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 77.0
  • Excellent color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
1 year newer
$450 (body only)
$808 18-55mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the 5R and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 910 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.7 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$390 (body only)
$400 16mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • No 24p support
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the NEX-5 and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 796 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 69.0 vs 77.0
  • Excellent dynamic range: 12.2 EV vs 12.7 EV

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6
1 year newer
$500 (body only)

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

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

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

  • No touch screen
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the NEX-6 and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,018 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.7 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$448 (body only)
$478 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the 5N)

  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 16 MP
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • More focus points: 179 vs 25

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the 5N)

  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5100 and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 80.0 vs 77.0
  • Excellent color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is slightly less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 793 ISO), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps), has slightly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.7 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV) and has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7").

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 600 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism), lacks and external mic jack and much fewer lenses available (62 lenses vs 220 lenses).

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
1 year older
$901 (body only)

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A580 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 800 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A580 (vs the 5N)

  • No 24p support
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

common strengths of the DSLR-A580 and 5N

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$318 - $699 (body only)
$373 - $449 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

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

common strengths of the Rebel T6 and 5N

  • Light weight: 485 g vs 269 g

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$515 (body only)
$450 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the 5N)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the T3i and 5N

  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$459 (body only)
$419 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 500 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the 5N)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D5200 and 5N

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
3 years older
$680 (body only)
$730 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 300 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the 5N)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the D90 and 5N

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A330

Sony Alpha DSLR-A330
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A330 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 600 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A330 (vs the 5N)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 535 ISO vs 1,079 ISO

common strengths of the DSLR-A330 and 5N

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (128×97×71 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Thin: 2.8" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 529 g vs 269 g

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4.5 fps), has a screen which flips out, creates panoramas in-camera and captures 3D images.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 2,340 ISO), has slightly lower image quality (77.0 vs 82.0), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20.9 MP), it's body is not weather sealed and has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 500 ms).

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
10 months newer
$1,180 - $1,399 (body only)
$1,748 - $1,799 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 6D (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,340 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the 6D (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Shoots significantly slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the 6D and 5N

  • Good dynamic range: 12.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×111×71 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.8" vs 1.5"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is much less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 390 ISO), has much better image quality (77.0 vs 66.0), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.8"), has significantly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 12.4 EV) and significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), lacks and external mic jack, users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and is older (august 2011 vs january 2013).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$397 - $448

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

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

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

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and 5N

  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20
1 year newer
$470

Significant advantages of the x20 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the x20 (vs the 5N)

  • Much smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the x20 and 5N

  • Each supports an external flash
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to travel zoom competitors include: it takes slightly 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, records movies in 24p 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) and is older (august 2011 vs april 2013).

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX9v
7 months older

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX9v (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX9v (vs the 5N)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DSC-HX9v and 5N

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Better sensor types: CMOS vs CMOS

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$399

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

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

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 24p support

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and 5N

  • Larger than average screens: 3" vs 3"
  • High resolution screens: 921k dots vs 920k dots
  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 460 shots