As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, boutiques and travel zooms. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha A5000 and the NEX F3) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the PowerShot G1X)

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, can focus continuously while recording movies and supports an external flash.

However, on average it is older (august 2011 vs august 2013) and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$395 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
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5000 and 5N

  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3
8 months newer
$450 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

common strengths of the F3 and 5N

  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Great battery life: 470 shots vs 460 shots

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)

  • Shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the 5T and 5N

  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×59×39 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$586 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

  • 24p support
  • Great battery life: 480 shots vs 460 shots
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×62×35 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
1 year newer

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

  • None found

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

  • Shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the 5R and 5N

  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Mid size (111×59×39 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$348 (body only)
$448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the 5N)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 16 MP
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the 5N)

  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5100 and 5N

  • 24p support
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

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 none), has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.5"), has a much higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 230k dots), has a touch screen and lets you preview your photos on the screen.

However, on average it has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 600 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism), lacks and external mic jack, much fewer lenses available (62 lenses vs 230 lenses) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$289 - $549 (body only)
$330 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T6 (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 Rebel T6 (vs the 5N)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps
  • 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

Nikon D3000

Nikon D3000
2 years older
$641 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3000 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3000 (vs the 5N)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • No live view

common strengths of the D3000 and 5N

  • Very small: Prosumer size (126×97×64 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.5" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 485 g vs 269 g

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$529 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (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 SL1 (vs the 5N)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

common strengths of the SL1 and 5N

  • Have touch screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Very small: Prosumer size (117×91×69 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Nikon D80

Nikon D80
5 years older
$348 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D80 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D80 (vs the 5N)

  • Does not take movies: None vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Much smaller screen: 2.5" vs 3"

common strengths of the D80 and 5N

  • None found

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$359 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP
  • Much more lenses available: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the 5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.1" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the D5200 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$500 (body only)
$539 - $629 18-55mm lens

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

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Professional size (133×100×79 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

common strengths of the T5i and 5N

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

compared toBoutique competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to boutique competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), is slightly smaller (compact (111×59×38 mm) vs standard size (117×81×65 mm)), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 1.9 fps) and has a significantly longer battery life (460 shots vs 250 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (august 2011 vs january 2012), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs tunnel) and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X
4 months newer
$595

Significant advantages of the G1X (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the G1X (vs the 5N)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 1.9 fps vs 10 fps
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the G1X and 5N

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Inexpensive: $595.00 vs $715.76

compared toTravel zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to travel zoom competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 9.7 MP), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen, records movies in 24p and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in GPS, doesn't have a built-in flash, doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 50 fps) and is older (august 2011 vs april 2013).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ5
3 years older

Significant advantages of the DMC-TZ5 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-TZ5 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a CCD-family sensor: CCD vs CMOS
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 1,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DMC-TZ5 and 5N

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V
1 year newer
$646

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX50V (vs the 5N)

  • No 24p support
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-HX50V and 5N

  • Great battery life: 400 shots vs 460 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100)
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (vs the 5N)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Built-in flash
  • Shoots much faster: 50 fps vs 10 fps

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) (vs the 5N)

  • No 24p support
  • Much shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 460 shots
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-ZS100 (Lumix DMC-TZ100) and 5N

  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO