As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro digicams and pro DSLRs. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the NEX-5R and the NEX-5T) and Canon (such as the EOS M and the Rebel T3i)

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, can focus continuously while recording movies, has significantly less shutter lag (235 ms vs 670 ms) and has a slightly longer battery life (460 shots vs 360 shots).

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), 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
$508 (body only)

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

  • Significantly more focus points: 99 vs 25

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

  • Significantly shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the NEX-5R and NEX-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
arrow Compare the NEX-5R vs the NEX-5N

Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5T
2 years newer
$498 - $520 16-50mm lens

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

  • Significantly more focus points: 99 vs 25

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the NEX-5T and NEX-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
arrow Compare the NEX-5T vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6
1 year newer
$480 - $748 (body only)
$500 - $779 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX-6 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly more focus points: 99 vs 25
  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-6 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen
  • Shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the NEX-6 and NEX-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
arrow Compare the Alpha NEX-6 vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$648 (body only)
$798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Many more focus points: 179 vs 25
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Significantly higher true resolution: 24.3 MP vs 16 MP

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 image quality: 82.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
arrow Compare the Alpha A6000 vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$450 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

  • Good dynamic range: 12.5 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
arrow Compare the Alpha NEX-3N vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$498 - $975 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 touch screen
  • No 24p support

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
arrow Compare the Alpha NEX-5 vs the NEX-5N

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has slightly better image quality (77.0 vs 65.0), 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) and slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

However, on average it takes slightly 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 (21 lenses vs 205 lenses).

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$480 - $774 (body only)
$200 - $617 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

  • More noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the T3i and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs the Sony NEX-5N

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$597 - $656 (body only)
$477 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 more lenses available: 205 lenses vs 21 lenses

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

  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 125x96x76 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D3200 and NEX-5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g
arrow Compare the Nikon D3200 vs the Sony NEX-5N

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$597 - $647 (body only)
$544 - $747 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: 205 lenses vs 21 lenses

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

  • Much larger: Prosumer size 129x98x78 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • No touch screen
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the D5200 and NEX-5N

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Many focus points: 39 vs 25
arrow Compare the Nikon D5200 vs the Sony NEX-5N

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$499 - $500 (body only)
$599 - $650 18-55mm lens

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

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

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 63.0 vs 77.0
  • Worse color depth: 21.8 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the SL1 and NEX-5N

  • Have touch screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Very small: Prosumer size 117x91x69 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel SL1 vs the Sony NEX-5N

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$599 (body only)
$200 - $749 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: 197 lenses vs 21 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
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel T5i vs the Sony NEX-5N

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$370 - $400 (body only)
$485 - $625 18-55mm lens

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

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

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

  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 127x96x78 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D5100 and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
arrow Compare the Nikon D5100 vs the Sony NEX-5N

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-5N compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a much larger sensor (APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm), is much less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 390 ISO), has significantly better image quality (77.0 vs 66.0), much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,229k dots), is slightly larger (compact 111x59x38 mm vs compact 101x58x35 mm), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20 MP).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$479 - $598

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

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Much smaller sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 390 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

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

  • Very large sensors: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 390 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0
arrow Compare the Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs the NEX-5N

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-5N compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has slightly better image quality (77.0 vs 66.0), has slightly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.7 EV), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), it's body is not weather sealed, doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$915 - $1,299 (body only)
$1,284 - $1,299 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the NEX-5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Worse image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the 7D and NEX-5N

  • Fairly small: Professional size 148x111x74 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.5"
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs the Sony NEX-5N

Sony SLT A77

Sony SLT-A77
similar age
$798 (body only)
$1,098 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A77 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Image stabilization: Sensor shift vs None

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A77 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • No touch screen
  • Much more startup delay: 3100 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the SLT A77 and NEX-5N

  • Fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
arrow Compare the SLT A77 vs the NEX-5N