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 Alpha NEX-5) and Canon (such as the EOS M and the Rebel T3i)

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 touch screen, can focus continuously while recording movies, has much less shutter lag (235 ms vs 670 ms) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), has slightly more startup delay (1900 ms vs 1000 ms), 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
$400 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 5R and 5N

  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.7 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$390 (body only)
$481 16-50mm lens

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

  • Much less startup delay: 1000 ms vs 1900 ms

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 670 ms vs 235 ms
  • No 24p support
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 23.6 bits

common strengths of the NEX-5 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 269 g

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$443 (body only)
$410 - $448 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

  • Relatively 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 NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
2 years newer

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the 5T and 5N

  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.6 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$369 (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

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×62×35 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 269 g vs 269 g

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$548 (body only)
$580 - $698 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

  • Relatively 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

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 1080p @ 30fps), has slightly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4 fps).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 600 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror), lacks and external mic jack and much fewer lenses available (62 lenses vs 230 lenses).

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$452 (body only)
$397 - $547 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the 5N)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

common strengths of the D3300 and 5N

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$299 (body only)
$349 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much less startup delay: 400 ms vs 1900 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the 5N)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the D3200 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Self cleaning sensors
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$759 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)

  • More noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the T3i and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Self cleaning sensors

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$349 - $399 (body only)
$429 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the 5N)

  • Worse color depth: 21.8 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 63.0 vs 77.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 12.7 EV

common strengths of the SL1 and 5N

  • Have touch screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • In-camera HDR

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$649 (body only)
$600 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much less startup delay: 500 ms vs 1900 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the 5N)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the D5100 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • In-camera HDR

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$399 (body only)
$579 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much less startup delay: 500 ms vs 1900 ms

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 47.0), has significantly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 20.4 bits), has much wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.2 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 record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), lacks and external mic jack and is older (august 2011 vs june 2015).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$498

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)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 390 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0
  • Less dynamic range: 12.4 EV vs 12.7 EV

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and 5N

  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV
3 years newer
$940 - $998

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

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Built-in flash
  • Higher resolution movies: UHD @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 562 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 70.0 vs 77.0
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 IV and 5N

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 562 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good dynamic range: 12.6 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

Canon PowerShot G12

Canon PowerShot G12
1 year older
$550

Significant advantages of the G12 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the G12 (vs the 5N)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 161 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Less dynamic range: 11.2 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Much worse image quality: 47.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the G12 and 5N

  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 350 shots vs 460 shots

Canon PowerShot G5 X

Canon PowerShot G5 X
4 years newer
$709 - $749

Significant advantages of the PowerShot G5 X (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot G5 X (vs the 5N)

  • Much shorter battery life: 210 shots vs 460 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the PowerShot G5 X and 5N

  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens
  • Each supports an external flash