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 Alpha A6000) and Canon (such as the EOS M and the EOS Rebel T6)

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 slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has a touch screen, can focus continuously while recording movies, has significantly less shutter lag (235 ms vs 670 ms) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), 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
$762 (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 A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$398 (body only)
$548 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

common strengths of the A6000 and 5N

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good image quality: 82.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$446 (body only)
$348 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5000 and 5N

  • Relatively low noise at high ISO: 1,089 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good image quality: 79.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 23.8 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)

  • 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 color depth: 22.2 bits vs 23.6 bits

common strengths of the NEX-5 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Compact (111×59×38 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 269 g

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$450 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-3N (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-3N (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • No touch screen
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the NEX-3N and 5N

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens
  • Great battery life: 480 shots vs 460 shots

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6
1 year newer
$549 (body only)
$1,126 16-50mm lens

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)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the NEX-6 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

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has slightly better image quality (77.0 vs 63.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has significantly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 21.9 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.3 EV) and has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots).

However, on average it takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24.1 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 500 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror), lacks and external mic jack and much fewer lenses available (62 lenses vs 230 lenses).

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$350 (body only)
$390 - $409 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3200 (vs the 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 5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

common strengths of the D3200 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g
  • Inexpensive: $349.95 vs $354.10

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$285 - $749 (body only)
$419 - $449 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)

  • Shoots much slower: 3 fps vs 10 fps
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • 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
  • Inexpensive: $285.00 vs $354.10

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5
2 years newer
$310 (body only)
$330 - $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)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.3 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Much lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • Worse color depth: 21.9 bits vs 23.6 bits

common strengths of the Rebel T5 and 5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 480 g vs 269 g
  • Inexpensive: $309.95 vs $354.10

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$460 (body only)
$369 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the 5N)

  • Lacks in-camera HDR
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps

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

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$429 - $649 (body only)
$599 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (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 T5i (vs the 5N)

  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Less dynamic range: 11.2 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,079 ISO

common strengths of the T5i and 5N

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

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$649 (body only)
$624 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection
  • Much less startup delay: 500 ms vs 1900 ms

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the 5N)

  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the D5100 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies