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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
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

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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Advantages of the Canon EOS M

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution Higher true resolution 17.9 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture around 30% more detail in your photos
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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 $315.00 vs $498.00
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The best price we've seen is $183 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Startup delay Much less startup delay 1000 ms vs 2700 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
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
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 330 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability More lenses available 21 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 5.5x more lenses available
Overall image quality Better image quality 69.0 vs 65.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 670 ms vs 742 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 7 fps vs 4.3 fps
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More than 60% 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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Size Fairly small Help
              EOS M:109x66x32 mm
              NEX-5:111x59x38 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
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              EOS M:742 ms
              NEX-5:670 ms
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              EOS M:31
              NEX-5:25
              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

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              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 body only

              $749 - $890 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay

              Canon EOS M Competitors

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              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $600 body only

              $599 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $339 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 Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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