As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and pro digicams. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha A6000 and the NEX 5R) and Canon (such as the Rebel T3i 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 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
$448 (body only)
$598 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)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the A6000 and 5N

  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits

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 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

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$287 (body only)
$398 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
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the A5000 and 5N

  • Good image quality: 79.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$268 (body only)

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

  • Good dynamic range: 12.5 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
2 years newer
$550 (body only)
$640 16-50mm lens

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 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

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)

  • Significantly 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
  • No touch screen

common strengths of the NEX-5 and 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)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it is slightly less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 843 ISO), has slightly better image quality (77.0 vs 65.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 24fps), has significantly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits) and has significantly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV).

However, on average it takes slightly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24.1 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 600 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism), lacks and external mic jack and much fewer lenses available (62 lenses vs 230 lenses).

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$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

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$249 (body only)
$309 - $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 EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$289 (body only)
$360 - $399 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the Rebel T5 (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 T5 (vs the 5N)

  • Worse color depth: 21.9 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 63.0 vs 77.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 12.7 EV

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 480 g vs 269 g

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$600 - $749 (body only)
$549 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 D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year older
$489 (body only)
$551 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7000 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 400 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D7000 (vs the 5N)

  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Much larger: Professional size (132×105×77 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

common strengths of the D7000 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon Rebel SL1

Canon Rebel SL1
1 year newer
$340 - $399 (body only)
$430 - $499 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the SL1 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 600 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the SL1 (vs the 5N)

  • Worse color depth: 21.8 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 63.0 vs 77.0
  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 12.7 EV

common strengths of the SL1 and 5N

  • Have touch screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • In-camera HDR

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to pro digicam competitors include: it is much less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 147 ISO), has significantly better image quality (77.0 vs 50.0), has significantly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 20.7 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.7 EV) and much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO).

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), is older (august 2011 vs july 2012) and is slightly more expensive ($627.00 vs $398.00).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$398

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

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 390 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Worse image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and 5N

  • Supports RAW
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Great battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7
10 months newer
$426

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

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

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 147 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 50.0 vs 77.0
  • Worse color depth: 20.7 bits vs 23.6 bits

common strengths of the DMC-LX7 and 5N

  • Supports RAW
  • Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't
  • In-camera panoramas