As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-5N is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs and super zooms. The Sony NEX-5N's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha NEX-3N and the NEX 5R) 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 is slightly less noisy at high ISO (1,079 ISO vs 1,015 ISO), has a slightly higher resolution screen (920k dots vs 460k dots), has a touch screen, can focus continuously while recording movies and has a significantly longer battery life (460 shots vs 330 shots).

However, on average it is older (august 2011 vs february 2013) and doesn't have a built-in flash.

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
1 year newer
$439 (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

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,067 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good image quality: 74.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 12.5 EV vs 12.7 EV

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R
1 year newer
$1,399 (body only)
$779 18-55mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 910 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the 5R and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 910 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T
2 years newer
$530 (body only)

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

  • None found

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

  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 1,015 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much shorter battery life: 330 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the 5T and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,015 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good image quality: 78.0 vs 77.0
  • Good dynamic range: 13 EV vs 12.7 EV

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$448 (body only)
$478 - $498 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the 5N)

  • Much lower noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Much higher true resolution: 24.7 MP vs 16 MP
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the 5N)

  • Shorter battery life: 400 shots vs 460 shots
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5100 and 5N

  • Very low noise at high ISO: 1,347 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Good image quality: 80.0 vs 77.0
  • Good color depth: 23.8 bits vs 23.6 bits

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000
2 years newer
$437 (body only)
$370 - $379 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

  • Very 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)
$500 16-50mm lens

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

  • None found

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

  • Much more noise at high ISO: 796 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
  • Worse image quality: 69.0 vs 77.0
  • No 24p support

common strengths of the NEX-5 and 5N

  • Good dynamic range: 12.2 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Flip-out screens
  • 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 793 ISO), has slightly better image quality (77.0 vs 66.0), records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), 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 has a slightly lower resolution screen (920k dots vs 1,040k dots), takes significantly lower resolution photos (16 MP vs 24 MP), has much more startup delay (1900 ms vs 700 ms), doesn't have a viewfinder (none vs pentamirror) and lacks and external mic jack.

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6
4 years newer
$328 - $649 (body only)
$343 - $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

Canon Rebel T4i

Canon Rebel T4i
8 months newer
$699 (body only)
$700 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T4i (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the T4i (vs the 5N)

  • Worse color depth: 21.7 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Less dynamic range: 11.2 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Significantly worse image quality: 62.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the T4i and 5N

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

Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200
1 year newer
$378 (body only)
$441 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
  • Much higher true resolution: 24 MP vs 16 MP

Significant disadvantages of the D5200 (vs the 5N)

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

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

Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i
6 months older
$497 (body only)
$460 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)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Significantly worse image quality: 65.0 vs 77.0

common strengths of the T3i and 5N

  • Flip-out screens

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$574 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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)

  • Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
  • Doesn't take 3D photos
  • Higher frame rate movies: 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 60fps

common strengths of the D5100 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Focus continuously recording movies

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older

Significant advantages of the T2i (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 T2i (vs the 5N)

  • Less dynamic range: 11.5 EV vs 12.7 EV
  • Worse color depth: 22.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
  • Significantly more noise at high ISO: 784 ISO vs 1,079 ISO

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"

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony 5N compared to super zoom competitors include: it is significantly smaller (compact (111×59×38 mm) vs professional size (130×93×103 mm)), takes significantly higher resolution photos (16 MP vs 9.7 MP), much higher maximum light sensitivity (25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO), has a touch screen and records movies in 24p.

However, on average it doesn't have a built-in flash, has a slightly smaller screen (3" vs 3.2"), doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 120 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens) and lacks and external mic jack.

Nikon Coolpix P520

Nikon Coolpix P520
1 year newer
$380

Significant advantages of the P520 (vs the 5N)

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

Significant disadvantages of the P520 (vs the 5N)

  • No 24p support
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (125×84×102 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Much shorter battery life: 200 shots vs 460 shots

common strengths of the P520 and 5N

  • Flip-out screens
  • Fast max shutter speeds: 1/4000 of a second vs 1/4000 of a second

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V
2 years newer
$398

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the 5N)

  • Built-in flash
  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None
  • Has an external mic jack

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX400V (vs the 5N)

  • Significantly larger: Professional size (130×93×103 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Worse maximum light sensitivity: 3,200 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the DSC-HX400V and 5N

  • Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these
  • Flip-out screens
  • Each supports an external flash