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 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 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 has a slightly longer battery life (460 shots vs 330 shots).

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
$348 (body only)

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

  • 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
$499 (body only)
$630 - $640 16-50mm lens

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

  • 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 A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$448 - $548 (body only)
$598 - $700 16-50mm lens

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

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

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 dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Good color depth: 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
arrow Compare the Alpha A6000 vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$298 - $410 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

  • 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
arrow Compare the Alpha A5000 vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$473 (body only)
$431 - $527 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 111x59x38 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
arrow Compare the Alpha NEX-5 vs the NEX-5N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$320 (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

  • 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

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 6 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 much 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
$499 - $774 (body only)
$449 - $599 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)

  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 793 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the T3i and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Inexpensive: $449.00 vs $395.00
arrow Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs the Sony NEX-5N

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200
7 months newer
$319 - $415 (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
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the D3200 and NEX-5N

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g
  • Inexpensive: $319.00 vs $395.00
arrow Compare the Nikon D3200 vs the Sony NEX-5N

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$378 - $469 (body only)
$458 - $669 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
  • Shoots much slower: 4 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size 127x96x78 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm

common strengths of the D5100 and NEX-5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Inexpensive: $378.00 vs $395.00
arrow Compare the Nikon D5100 vs the Sony NEX-5N

Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57
6 months newer
$499 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
  • Image stabilization: Sensor shift vs None

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

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 785 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much larger: Professional size 132x98x81 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • No touch screen

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
arrow Compare the SLT A57 vs the NEX-5N

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58
1 year newer
$398 - $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
  • Image stabilization: Sensor shift vs None

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

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 753 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Significantly smaller screen: 2.7" vs 3.0"

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
arrow Compare the SLT A58 vs the NEX-5N

Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000
1 year older
$625 (body only)
$950 - $1,025 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D7000 (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 D7000 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Lower frame rate movies: 1080p @ 24fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Much larger: Professional size 132x105x77 mm vs Compact 111x59x38 mm
  • Doesn't take 3D photos

common strengths of the D7000 and NEX-5N

  • Many focus points: 39 vs 25
  • Focus continuously recording movies
arrow Compare the Nikon D7000 vs the Sony NEX-5N

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX-5N compared to pro digicam competitors include: it has a much larger sensor (APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm), is much less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 390 ISO), has slightly better image quality (77.0 vs 66.0), much 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 have image stabilization (none vs lens), lacks and external mic jack, users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection) and is older (august, 2011 vs january, 2013).

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$448 - $528

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

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization: Lens vs None
  • Higher resolution screen: 1,229k dots vs 920k dots

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

  • Much smaller sensor: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
  • Much more noise at high ISO: 390 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 6,400 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and NEX-5N

  • Very large sensors: Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
  • Supports RAW
  • Good image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0
arrow Compare the Cybershot DSC-RX100 vs the NEX-5N

Fujifilm FinePix x20

Fujifilm FinePix x20
1 year newer
$599 - $620

Significant advantages of the x20 (vs the NEX-5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the x20 (vs the NEX-5N)

  • Much smaller sensor: 2/3" 8.8x6.6mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
  • No 24p support
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO

common strengths of the x20 and NEX-5N

  • Supports RAW
  • Very good maximum light sensitivity: 12,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • In-camera panoramas
arrow Compare the Fujifilm FinePix x20 vs the Sony NEX-5N