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 EOS Rebel T6)

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, has a significantly longer battery life (460 shots vs 330 shots) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), 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
$745 (body only)
$779 18-55mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the 5R and 5N

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 910 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 23.7 bits vs 23.6 bits

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)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 796 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 69.0 vs 77.0
  • Worse color depth: 22.2 bits vs 23.6 bits

common strengths of the NEX-5 and 5N

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 796 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good dynamic range: 12.2 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$437 (body only)
$360 - $379 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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,089 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 79.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$338 (body only)

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

  • 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

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$478 - $548 (body only)
$617 - $648 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the 5N)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • 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
  • Extremely good image quality: 82.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 24.1 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)

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the 5T and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,015 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Extremely good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 23.6 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 a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 4 fps), has a screen which flips out and has in-camera HDR.

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 500 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror), lacks and external mic jack and much fewer lenses available (62 lenses vs 230 lenses).

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$324 - $749 (body only)
$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

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$624 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the 5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the D5100 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$499 (body only)
$600 18-135mm 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

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$393 (body only)
$426 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 400 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.1 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the 5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the D3200 and 5N

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

Nikon D5500

Nikon D5500
3 years newer
$488 - $597 (body only)
$549 - $697 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5500 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 1,438 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much less startup delay: 400 ms vs 1900 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D5500 (vs the 5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×97×70 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Much thicker: 2.8" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the D5500 and 5N

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$399 - $447 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
  • Much less startup delay: 400 ms vs 1900 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the 5N)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

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

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 147 ISO), has much better image quality (77.0 vs 50.0), has significantly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 20.7 bits), has much 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 record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (august 2011 vs july 2012) and slightly shorter exposures (30 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$448

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

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (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 DSC-RX100 and 5N

  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
10 months newer
$575

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

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

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (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 DMC-LX7 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