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 Rebel T3i and the EOS M)

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
$347 (body only)
$898 16mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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

  • Have touch screens
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens

Sony NEX-5T

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

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

  • None found

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos

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

  • Have touch screens
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$360 (body only)
$350 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 (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

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:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Has an external mic jack

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

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$289 (body only)
$330 - $398 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

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$275 (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 66.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), 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 takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20.1 MP), has significantly more startup delay (1900 ms vs 700 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror), lacks and external mic jack and much fewer lenses available (21 lenses vs 197 lenses).

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$479 (body only)
$548 - $566 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 197 lenses vs 21 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the T3i and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$300 - $547 (body only)
$379 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the NEX-5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the NEX-5N)

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

common strengths of the D3200 and NEX-5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $299.95 vs $449.99

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older
$700 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 197 lenses vs 21 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 3.7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the T2i and NEX-5N

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

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$368 (body only)
$479 - $640 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the NEX-5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the NEX-5N)

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

common strengths of the D5100 and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $368.00 vs $449.99

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
1 year newer
$350 (body only)
$430 - $448 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)

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

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

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$465 - $650 (body only)
$589 - $650 18-55mm lens

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 197 lenses vs 21 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

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

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 147 ISO), has significantly better image quality (77.0 vs 50.0), has slightly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 20.7 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.7 EV) and much 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), is older (august 2011 vs july 2012), is slightly more expensive ($449.99 vs $327.99) and is less popular.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$350 - $448

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

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. 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
  • Much more startup delay: 2800 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

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

  • Supports RAW
  • Good image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 22.6 bits vs 23.6 bits

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
10 months newer
$328 - $398

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 147 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much more startup delay: 3700 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Much worse image quality: 50.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and NEX-5N

  • Supports RAW
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas