As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs 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 slightly more expensive ($889.99 vs $399.00) and is less popular.

Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5R
1 year newer
$1,026 - $1,068 16-50mm lens

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
$348 (body only)
$499 - $630 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
$399 - $529 (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
  • Significantly 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 NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$350 (body only)
$400 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
$676 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
arrow Compare the Alpha NEX-5 vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$598 (body only)
$748 - $810 16-50mm lens

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Many more focus points: 179 vs 25
  • 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

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 67.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps), has slightly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.5 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV) and significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO).

However, on average it has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 500 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism), lacks and external mic jack, much fewer lenses available (21 lenses vs 205 lenses) and has a slightly shorter battery life (460 shots vs 660 shots).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$339 - $567 (body only)
$389 - $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

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$499 - $699 (body only)
$200 - $729 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 D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$378 - $415 (body only)
$495 - $797 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

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older
$579 - $600 (body only)
$200 - $672 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T2i (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 T2i (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 784 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly worse image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the T2i and NEX-5N

  • Very small: Prosumer size 129x98x62 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 530 g vs 269 g
arrow Compare the Canon EOS Rebel T2i vs the Sony NEX-5N

Nikon D90

Nikon D90
3 years older
$897 - $929 (body only)
$790 - $940 18-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the D90 (vs the NEX-5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D90 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Lower resolution movies: 720p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Professional size 132x103x77 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Shoots much slower: 4.5 fps vs 10 fps

common strengths of the D90 and NEX-5N

  • None found
arrow Compare the Nikon D90 vs the Sony NEX-5N

Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100
1 year older
$278 (body only)
$427 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3100 (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 D3100 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much lower resolution screen: 230k dots vs 920k dots
  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 12.7 EV

common strengths of the D3100 and NEX-5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Prosumer size 124x96x73 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Thin: 2.9" vs 1.5"
arrow Compare the Nikon D3100 vs the Sony 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 significantly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV), significantly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it it's body is not weather sealed, has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 400 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism), lacks and external mic jack and has slightly more shutter lag (235 ms vs 131 ms).

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$699 (body only)
$450 - $1,199 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (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 60D (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Worse image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the 60D and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size 145x106x79 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Inexpensive: $199.95 vs $889.99
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs the Sony NEX-5N

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$999 - $1,799 (body only)
$1,299 - $1,729 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"
  • Inexpensive: $999.00 vs $889.99
arrow Compare the Canon EOS 7D vs the Sony NEX-5N