As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha A6000 and the NEX 5R) and Canon (such as the EOS Rebel T6 and the EOS M)

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, captures 3D images, 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 Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$548 (body only)
$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
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the A6000 and 5N

  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Flip-out screens

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

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$279 (body only)
$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
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the A5000 and 5N

  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$320 (body only)
$230 16-50mm lens

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
  • 3D photos
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×62×35 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
2 years newer
$550 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the 5T and 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 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 image quality: 69.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the NEX-5 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • 3D photos
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 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 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 24.1 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).

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$589 - $749 (body only)
$499 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)

  • 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 D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$299 (body only)
$349 - $397 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 400 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,079 ISO

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
$249 (body only)
$329 - $447 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
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3200 (vs the 5N)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D3200 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (125×96×77 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$699 (body only)
$699 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)

  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 77.0
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12.7 EV

common strengths of the T3i and 5N

  • Flip-out screens

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i
8 months newer
$699 (body only)
$679 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T4i (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much less startup delay: 700 ms vs 1900 ms

Significant disadvantages of the T4i (vs the 5N)

  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Much worse image quality: 62.0 vs 77.0
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 722 ISO vs 1,079 ISO

common strengths of the T4i and 5N

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

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$380 (body only)
$509 18-55mm lens

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)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D5100 and 5N

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