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 Alpha A5000) and Olympus (such as the Tough TG-4 and the OM-D E-M5 II)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it is significantly less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 840 ISO), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has a touch screen, can focus continuously while recording movies and has a significantly longer battery life (460 shots vs 350 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 19.8 MP), lacks and external mic jack and has slightly fewer focus points (25 vs 179).

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$548 (body only)
$582 - $698 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None

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
  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$400 (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
  • Good image quality: 79.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500
5 years newer
$1,398 (body only)
$1,649 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the 5N)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 25

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6500 (vs the 5N)

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 350 shots vs 460 shots
  • Significantly heavier: 453 g vs 269 g

common strengths of the Alpha a6500 and 5N

  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$390 (body only)
$500 16-50mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 796 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Worse image quality: 69.0 vs 77.0
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the NEX-5 and 5N

  • Good dynamic range: 12.2 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$362 (body only)

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

  • Built-in flash

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

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

common strengths of the NEX-3N and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,067 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good image quality: 74.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 12.5 EV vs 12.7 EV

Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000
7 months newer
$530 20-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NX1000 (vs the 5N)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the NX1000 (vs the 5N)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 840 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the NX1000 and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 840 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good dynamic range: 12.4 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • 24p support

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 1080p @ 30fps), has slightly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits), has a touch screen and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 900 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D
4 years newer
$1,099 (body only)
$1,149 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the EOS 80D (vs the 5N)

  • Much larger: Professional size (139×105×79 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.5"
  • Shoots much slower: 7 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the EOS 80D and 5N

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Have touch screens

Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57
6 months newer
$588 (body only)

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

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

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

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 785 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×98×81 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the SLT A57 and 5N

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Very fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$318 - $649 (body only)
$367 - $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)
$743 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

Sony SLT A35

Sony SLT A35
similar age
$590 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A35 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A35 (vs the 5N)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 763 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • No 24p support
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the SLT A35 and 5N

  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$379 (body only)
$434 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

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 161 ISO), has much better image quality (77.0 vs 35.0), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.8"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 461k dots) and has much more color depth (23.6 bits vs 18.8 bits).

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), it's body is not weather sealed and lacks and external mic jack.

Olympus Tough TG-4

Olympus Tough TG-4
3 years newer
$379 - $400

Significant advantages of the TG-4 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the TG-4 (vs the 5N)

  • No 24p support
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the TG-4 and 5N

  • Great battery life: 380 shots vs 460 shots

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20
1 year newer
$590

Significant advantages of the x20 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the x20 (vs the 5N)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • No 24p support
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the x20 and 5N

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

Nikon Coolpix P7700

Nikon Coolpix P7700
1 year newer
$1,564

Significant advantages of the P7700 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the P7700 (vs the 5N)

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

common strengths of the P7700 and 5N

  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
1 year older
$644

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the 5N)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 461k dots vs 920k dots

common strengths of the G12 and 5N

  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 460 shots
  • Support external flash

Canon PowerShot G9

Canon PowerShot G9
4 years older
$831

Significant advantages of the G9 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the G9 (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • No 24p support
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the G9 and 5N

  • Support external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/2500 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has slightly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.7 EV), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4.5 fps) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it is slightly more noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 2,340 ISO), 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 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$849 (body only)
$1,119 18-200mm lens

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

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

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

  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 12.7 EV

common strengths of the 7D and 5N

  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 860 g vs 269 g

Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D
10 months newer
$1,212 - $1,399 (body only)
$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"