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

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

79

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Canon EOS M

68

Canon EOS M

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
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

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
Size
Really small
Compact 109x66x32 mm
 
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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
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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
Battery life Much longer battery life 460 shots vs 230 shots
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2x more shots per battery charge
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
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
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1900 ms vs 2700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Lens availability More lenses available 21 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 5.5x more lenses available
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
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
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        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
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        EOS M:31
        NEX-5N:25
        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $349 body only

        $498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Has significantly more focus points
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 - $649 body only

        $798 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Sony Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $499 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 Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-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 Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $399 - $748 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Focus points Has significantly more focus points
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Samsung NX2000

        Samsung NX2000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $299 - $319 with 20-50mm lens

        Screen size Has a much larger screen
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available

        Canon EOS M Competitors

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        Canon Rebel SL1

        Canon Rebel SL1

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $500 body only

        $599 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Size Much larger
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Nikon 1 J3

        Nikon 1 J3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $360 with 10-30mm lens

        High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $499 with 18-55mm lens

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        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

        $498 - $1,020 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Touch screen No touch screen

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