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 NEX-5R and the NEX-5T) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3i and the EOS M)

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 slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has a touch screen, captures 3D images, has much less shutter lag (235 ms vs 670 ms) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it 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
$347 (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

  • Have touch screens
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens

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

  • Have touch screens
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha A6000

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

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$360 (body only)
$350 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
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$274 (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

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$418 (body only)
$420 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

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't

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), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5 fps) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 20.1 MP), has significantly more startup delay (1900 ms vs 500 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$479 (body only)
$550 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: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (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 T3i and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Inexpensive: $478.99 vs $484.00

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$289 (body only)
$400 - $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
  • Inexpensive: $289.00 vs $484.00

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$368 (body only)
$640 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: 230 lenses vs 62 lenses

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (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 D5100 and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $368.00 vs $484.00

Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57
6 months newer
$587 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A57 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A57 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • More noise at high ISO: 785 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×98×81 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.2" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the SLT A57 and NEX-5N

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Very fast continuous shooting: 12 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
1 year newer
$430 - $448 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SLT A58 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Faster video autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A58 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 753 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the SLT A58 and NEX-5N

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 10 fps
  • Both have in-camera panoramic stitching, many cameras like these don't
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$410 - $497 (body only)
$489 - $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