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 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 supports an external flash.

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
$300 (body only)
$898 16mm lens

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

  • More focus points: 99 vs 25

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

  • None found

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

  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.7 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Have touch screens

Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5T
2 years newer
$349 (body only)
$640 - $698 16-50mm lens

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

  • More focus points: 99 vs 25

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos

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

  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.6 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Have touch screens

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$548 (body only)
$698 16-50mm lens

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

  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Many more focus points: 179 vs 25

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 dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • 24p support

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$473 (body only)
$398 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
  • Fairly small: Compact 111x59x38 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$435 - $448 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 dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • 24p support

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$300 (body only)
$420 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

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is slightly less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 793 ISO), has slightly better image quality (77.0 vs 67.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps), has slightly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits) and has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV).

However, on average it has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 700 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror), lacks and external mic jack, much fewer lenses available (21 lenses vs 197 lenses) and has a slightly shorter battery life (460 shots vs 690 shots).

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$499 - $539 (body only)
$549 - $599 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)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps
  • More noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the T3i and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Inexpensive: $499.00 vs $500.82

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$290 (body only)
$379 - $447 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)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the D3200 and NEX-5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g
  • Inexpensive: $289.95 vs $500.82

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$599 - $699 (body only)
$620 - $700 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (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 T5i (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 61.0 vs 77.0
  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 23.6 bits

common strengths of the T5i and NEX-5N

  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
3 years older
$694 (body only)
$887 55-300mm 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
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D90 and NEX-5N

  • None found

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$231 (body only)
$355 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (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 D3100 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D3100 and NEX-5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
1 year newer
$412 - $498 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 753 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the SLT A58 and NEX-5N

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Focus continuously recording movies

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-5N compared to pro digicam competitors include: it 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), has a touch screen and records movies in 24p.

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 record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20 MP).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$498 - $798

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

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 20 MP vs 16 MP

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 390 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and NEX-5N

  • Supports RAW
  • Very small: Compact 101x58x35 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Good color depth: 22.6 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$798

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

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 495 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and NEX-5N

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 495 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Supports RAW
  • Good image quality: 67.0 vs 77.0