As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and pro DSLRs. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha a6300 and the Alpha A6000) and Canon (such as the EOS M and the Rebel T5i)

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 doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs digital), lacks and external mic jack, has slightly fewer focus points (25 vs 179), is older (august 2011 vs january 2014) and is less popular.

Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300
4 years newer
$998 - $1,000 (body only)
$1,148 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the 5N)

  • Many more focus points: 425 vs 25
  • Has a viewfinder: Digital vs None
  • Weather sealed

Significant disadvantages of the Alpha a6300 (vs the 5N)

  • No touch screen

common strengths of the Alpha a6300 and 5N

  • 24p support
  • Flip-out screens

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$498 (body only)
$593 - $648 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
$500 (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
$243 (body only)
$431 - $448 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5000 (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash

Significant disadvantages of the A5000 (vs the 5N)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Significantly lower resolution screen: 460k dots vs 920k dots
  • 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-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5
1 year older
$350 (body only)
$450 18-55mm 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)

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$349 (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

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to entry-level DSLR competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has slightly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits), has slightly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV), slightly higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO) and has a touch screen.

However, on average it takes much lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 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).

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$470 - $649 (body only)
$549 - $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
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 681 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much worse image quality: 61.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the T5i and 5N

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

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300
2 years newer
$294 (body only)
$400 - $447 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D3300 (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentamirror vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 400 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Significantly lower noise at high ISO: 1,385 ISO vs 1,079 ISO

Significant disadvantages of the D3300 (vs the 5N)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Shoots much slower: 5 fps vs 10 fps
  • Much larger: Prosumer size (124×98×76 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

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 T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$669 (body only)
$599 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
  • Light weight: 505 g vs 269 g

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$500 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (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 D5100 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • In-camera HDR

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$324 (body only)
$400 - $500 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5200 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the 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 5N

  • Both shoot high resolution HD movies: 1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • 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 better image quality (77.0 vs 66.0), has significantly more color depth (23.6 bits vs 22.2 bits), has significantly wider dynamic range (12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV), has a touch screen and shoots faster continuously (10 fps vs 5.3 fps).

However, on average it it's body is not weather sealed, has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 400 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentaprism), lacks and external mic jack and has significantly more shutter lag (235 ms vs 75 ms).

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$669 (body only)
$980 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 60D (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 60D (vs the 5N)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Worse image quality: 66.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the 60D and 5N

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Flip-out screens
  • Fairly small: Professional size (145×106×79 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Canon EOS 70D

Canon EOS 70D
1 year newer
$756 - $999 (body only)
$839 - $1,099 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the 70D (vs the 5N)

  • Has a viewfinder: Pentaprism vs None
  • Much less startup delay: 700 ms vs 1900 ms
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the 70D (vs the 5N)

  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Less dynamic range: 11.6 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Worse color depth: 22.5 bits vs 23.6 bits

common strengths of the 70D and 5N

  • Full HD (1080p) video: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps
  • Have touch screens
  • Flip-out screens