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

Canon EOS M

Winner
Canon EOS M

68

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

65

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Runner-up
     
 

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
 

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
 
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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
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Lowest price Cheaper $298.00 vs $498.00
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The best price we've seen is $200 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 11.2 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
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
Battery life 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
              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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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 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

              $480 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 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 A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,100 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 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
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS M Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              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
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $285 - $299 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Focus points Slightly fewer focus points
              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 Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $330 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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