As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro DSLRs and pro digicams. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the NEX F3 and the NEX 5R) and Canon (such as the Rebel T2i and the PowerShot SX50 HS)

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, can focus continuously while recording movies, has much 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), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 1500 ms), is older (august 2011 vs january 2014) and is less popular.

Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3
8 months newer
$230 (body only)
$470 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the F3 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the F3 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the F3 and 5N

  • Incredible startup delay: 1500 ms vs 1900 ms
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
1 year newer

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

  • None found

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

  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the 5R and 5N

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

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$390 (body only)
$450 18-55mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • Much more shutter lag: 670 ms vs 235 ms
  • No 24p support
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the NEX-5 and 5N

  • Incredible startup delay: 1000 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$379 - $399 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
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5000 and 5N

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

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$400 - $448 (body only)
$470 - $498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the 5N)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the A6000 and 5N

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

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6
1 year newer
$766 (body only)

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Built-in flash

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

  • Much more startup delay: 2000 ms vs 1900 ms
  • No touch screen
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 360 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the NEX-6 and 5N

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Incredible shutter lag: 257 ms vs 235 ms

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is much less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 816 ISO), has much better image quality (77.0 vs 70.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has much more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits) and has much wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV).

However, on average it doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 900 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror), lacks and external mic jack and significantly fewer lenses available (62 lenses vs 220 lenses).

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
1 year newer
$944 10-24mm lens

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

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

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

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse color depth: 23.3 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Much smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3"

common strengths of the SLT A58 and 5N

  • Fast continuous shooting: 8 fps vs 10 fps
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 492 g vs 269 g

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older
$399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the 5N)

  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

common strengths of the T2i and 5N

  • Very small: Prosumer size (129×98×62 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.4" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 530 g vs 269 g

Sony SLT A33

Sony SLT-A33
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SLT A33 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A33 (vs the 5N)

  • Worse color depth: 22.8 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the SLT A33 and 5N

  • Fast continuous shooting: 7 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$499 (body only)
$752 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the T3i (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly higher resolution screen: 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the T3i (vs the 5N)

  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Lacks in-camera HDR

common strengths of the T3i and 5N

  • Flip-out screens

Sony SLT A55

Sony SLT-A55
1 year older

Significant advantages of the SLT A55 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the SLT A55 (vs the 5N)

  • Worse color depth: 23 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the SLT A55 and 5N

  • Very fast continuous shooting: 10 fps vs 10 fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$420 (body only)
$563 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,183 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much better image quality: 80.0 vs 77.0
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the 5N)

  • Worse color depth: 23.5 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • 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

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to pro DSLR competitors include: it has slightly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.7 EV), has a touch screen, shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 6 fps) and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it is much more noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 2,293 ISO), has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 22.3 MP), it's body is not weather sealed and has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 400 ms).

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III
5 months newer
$2,099 (body only)
$2,685 - $2,699 24-105mm lens

Significant advantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 2,293 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Significantly larger screen: 3.2" vs 3"

Significant disadvantages of the 5D Mark III (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much thicker: 3" vs 1.5"

common strengths of the 5D Mark III and 5N

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 2,293 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good image quality: 81.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 24 bits vs 23.6 bits

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$799 (body only)
$1,160 28-135mm lens

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

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much more lenses available: 220 lenses vs 62 lenses

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 854 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Worse color depth: 22 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Worse image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the 7D and 5N

  • Good dynamic range: 11.7 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Fairly small: Professional size (148×111×74 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Very thin: 2.9" vs 1.5"

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (3" vs 2.8"), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), takes slightly higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 10 MP), significantly 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, doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), lacks and external mic jack and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20
1 year newer
$1,400

Significant advantages of the x20 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the x20 (vs the 5N)

  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.8" vs 3"
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the x20 and 5N

  • Support external flash
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Leica D-Lux 6

Leica D-Lux 6
1 year newer
$1,599

Significant advantages of the D-Lux 6 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Significantly longer exposures: 60 seconds vs 30 seconds

Significant disadvantages of the D-Lux 6 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in lens only
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the D-Lux 6 and 5N

  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
10 months newer
$500

Significant advantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Records high-speed movies: 120 fps vs None

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-LX7 (vs the 5N)

  • No 24p support
  • Built-in lens only
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and 5N

  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots
  • Support external flash
  • Very fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second