As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to pro digicams, boutiques, entry-level DSLRs, pro DSLRs and super zooms. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha A5000 and the Alpha A6000) and Panasonic (such as the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) and the Lumix DMC-G2)

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 slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has a touch screen, records movies in 24p, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 3.5 fps) and can focus continuously while recording movies.

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), is older (august 2011 vs may 2013) and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$445 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen
  • Shoots significantly slower: 3.5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the A5000 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 210 g vs 269 g

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$400 - $448 (body only)
$518 - $548 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 Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6
1 year newer
$606 (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

common strengths of the NEX-6 and 5N

  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×43 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 269 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.5"

Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3
8 months newer
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the F3 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the F3 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen
  • Shoots significantly slower: 2.5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the F3 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 460 shots
  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×67×42 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$594 16-50mm lens

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

  • Built-in flash

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

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

Olympus PEN E-PL6

Olympus PEN E-PL6
1 year newer
$304 (body only)
$369 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL6 (vs the 5N)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly more lenses available: 108 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL6 (vs the 5N)

  • No 24p support
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the E-PL6 and 5N

  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×64×38 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 325 g vs 269 g
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.5"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to pro digicam competitors include: it significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a touch screen, records movies in 24p, has a screen which flips out and has a much longer battery life (460 shots vs 260 shots).

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 have image stabilization (none vs lens), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20 MP) and is older (august 2011 vs september 2016).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) (vs the 5N)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Built-in flash
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) (vs the 5N)

  • Much shorter battery life: 260 shots vs 460 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) and 5N

  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$368 - $455

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

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

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

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and 5N

  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to boutique competitors include: it is slightly smaller (compact (111×59×38 mm) vs standard size (127×75×54 mm)), has a touch screen, records movies in 24p, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (august 2011 vs september 2014), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital) and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Fujifilm FinePix X100

Fujifilm FinePix X100
1 year older
$700

Significant advantages of the X100 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the X100 (vs the 5N)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No touch screen
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the X100 and 5N

  • Inexpensive: $700.00 vs $549.95

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100
3 years newer
$590 - $598

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX100 (vs the 5N)

  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX100 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen
  • Built-in lens only
  • Much shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the DMC-LX100 and 5N

  • Good movie support: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Fairly small: Mid size (115×66×55 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Fast continuous shooting: 11 fps vs 10 fps

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 @ 30fps), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.7"), has a significantly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), has a touch screen and records movies in 24p.

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).

Canon Rebel T1i

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
2 years older
$352 (body only)

Significant advantages of the T1i (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T1i (vs the 5N)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 20fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No 24p support
  • Shoots much slower: 3.4 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the T1i and 5N

  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.5"

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the 5N)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

common strengths of the D3200 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$548 (body only)
$708 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the 5N)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×80 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

common strengths of the T3i and 5N

  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550
2 years older

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A550 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Significantly longer battery life: 950 shots vs 460 shots

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A550 (vs the 5N)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.3" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the DSLR-A550 and 5N

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3
6 months older
$637 (body only)
$487 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T3 (vs the 5N)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the T3 and 5N

  • Light weight: 459 g vs 269 g

Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II
1 year newer
$947 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-5 II (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the K-5 II (vs the 5N)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 25fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No 24p support
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (131×97×73 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

common strengths of the K-5 II and 5N

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.5"

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has much better image quality (77.0 vs 70.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs none), has much more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.4 bits), has much wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.1 EV) and has a much larger screen (3" vs 2.5").

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 1,368 ISO), it's body is not weather sealed, has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 500 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon EOS 5D

Canon EOS 5D
6 years older
$2,499 (body only)

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Significantly more lenses available: 165 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Much faster max shutter speed: 1/8000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

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

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Less dynamic range: 11.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the 5D and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,368 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 71.0 vs 77.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.9 bits vs 23.6 bits

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon EOS 7D Mark II
1 year newer
$1,095 - $1,849 (body only)
$1,449 - $2,449 18-135mm lens

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

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

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

  • No touch screen
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the 7D Mark II and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,082 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 70.0 vs 77.0
  • Excellent color depth: 22.4 bits vs 23.6 bits

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), is slightly smaller (compact (111×59×38 mm) vs professional size (125×84×102 mm)), takes significantly higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 8.6 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (august 2011 vs july 2013) and doesn't have a built-in GPS.

Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520
1 year newer
$384

Significant advantages of the P520 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the P520 (vs the 5N)

  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 460 shots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the P520 and 5N

  • Fairly small: Professional size (125×84×102 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Thin: 4" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 550 g vs 269 g

Samsung WB110

Samsung WB110
1 year newer

Significant advantages of the WB110 (vs the 5N)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Digital
    2. Lens
    vs None
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the WB110 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the WB110 and 5N

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (114×79×86 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Thin: 3.4" vs 1.5"
  • Very light: 385 g vs 269 g