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

Sony NEX-5N vs Canon EOS M

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

73

Canon EOS M

59

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.7 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Size
Really small
Compact 109x66x32 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons

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Explore our gallery of 12 sample photos taken by the Canon EOS M. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5N.

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
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$239.00 vs $501.00
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The best price we've seen is $262 cheaper (2.1x 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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
77.0 vs 65.0
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Around 20% better image quality
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
460 shots vs 230 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1900 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Lens availability
More lenses available
21 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 5.5x more lenses available
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 4.3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Weight
Slightly lighter
269 g vs 298 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Size Fairly small Help
              EOS M109x66x32 mm
              NEX-5N111x59x38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              EOS M31
              NEX-5N25
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              EOS M2700 ms
              NEX-5N1900 ms
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 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
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $398

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M3

              Canon EOS M3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $908 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Size Larger
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

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

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