Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS M vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

80

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Canon EOS M

68

Canon EOS M

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon EOS M

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External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Focus points Slightly more focus points 31 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $359.95 vs $789.00
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The best price we've seen is $429 cheaper (2.2x less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 235 ms vs 742 ms
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3.2x less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life Much longer battery life 460 shots vs 230 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality Better image quality 77.0 vs 65.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 827 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Startup delay Less startup delay 1900 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 21 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 5.5x more lenses available
Color depth Better color depth 23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 4.3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Weight Slightly lighter 269 g vs 298 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Size Fairly small Help
              EOS M:109x66x32 mm
              NEX-5N:111x59x38 mm
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              EOS M:2700 ms
              NEX-5N:1900 ms
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              EOS M:31
              NEX-5N:25
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $1,299 with 18-200mm lens

              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $815 body only

              $1,199 - $1,346 with 16mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $670 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $500 body only

              $599 - $743 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Canon PowerShot G1X

              Boutique

              $549 - $610

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $409 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $508 body only

              $1,218 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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