As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams and super zooms. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the NEX-5R and the Alpha A6000) and Nikon (such as the D3200 and the 1 J5)

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 touch screen, captures 3D images, has much less shutter lag (235 ms vs 670 ms), has a slightly longer battery life (460 shots vs 330 shots) and has a self cleaning sensor.

However, on average it has significantly more startup delay (1900 ms vs 1000 ms), has slightly fewer focus points (25 vs 179), is older (august 2011 vs august 2013), is less popular and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5R
1 year newer
$346 (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

  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.7 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Have touch screens

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$548 (body only)
$648 - $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

  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • 24p support

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

  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.6 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Have touch screens

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$280 (body only)
$440 - $448 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

  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • 24p support

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$448 (body only)
$598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Significantly more focus points: 179 vs 25
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Lacks a self cleaning sensor
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5100 and NEX-5N

  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Good dynamic range: 12.7 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Have touch screens

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$360 (body only)
$481 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
  • In-camera HDR

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-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), has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), has much 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 (62 lenses vs 230 lenses).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$289 (body only)
$349 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the NEX-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 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

Canon Kiss X5

Canon Kiss X5
6 months older
$1,299 (body only)

Significant advantages of the X5 (vs the NEX-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 X5 (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 X5 and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$490 - $649 (body only)
$581 - $699 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the NEX-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 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

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$325 (body only)
$360 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (vs the NEX-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 T5 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 724 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps
  • Significantly worse image quality: 63.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and NEX-5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 480 g vs 269 g

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$405 - $497 (body only)
$479 - $500 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the NEX-5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (129×98×78 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

common strengths of the D5200 and NEX-5N

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$430 - $497 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • 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 NEX-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 NEX-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 NEX-5N compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is much less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 168 ISO), has much better image quality (77.0 vs 48.0), has significantly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 20.6 bits), has much wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.2 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, is significantly larger (compact (111×59×38 mm) vs compact (99×59×27 mm)), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 240 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and is older (august 2011 vs september 2012).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$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
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0

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

Canon PowerShot S110

Canon PowerShot S110
1 year newer
$265

Significant advantages of the S110 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Records high-speed movies: 240 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the S110 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 168 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 48.0 vs 77.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.2 EV vs 12.7 EV

common strengths of the S110 and NEX-5N

  • Supports RAW
  • Have touch screens
  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-5N compared to super zoom competitors include: it has slightly better image quality (77.0 vs 69.0), is much smaller (compact (111×59×38 mm) vs professional size (130×93×103 mm)), much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs UHD @ 30fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), it's body is not weather sealed and lacks and external mic jack.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II
3 years newer
$1,279 - $1,298

Significant advantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II (vs the NEX-5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Much larger: Professional size (129×88×102 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 474 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II and NEX-5N

  • Good image quality: 69.0 vs 77.0
  • Extremely good maximum light sensitivity: 25,600 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 474 ISO vs 1,079 ISO

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300
1 year newer
$370 - $398

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the NEX-5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX300 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Much larger: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the DSC-HX300 and NEX-5N

  • Fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't