Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Leica X2 vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

58

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Leica X2

48

Leica X2

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Leica X2

Wide angle
Wide angle lens
24 mm
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Leica X2

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Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Lowest price Cheaper $202.80 vs $789.00
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The best price we've seen is $586 cheaper (3.9x less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 12,500 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 124x69x52 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Focus points More focus points 25 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 2"
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Around 30% thinner
Weight Lighter 269 g vs 345 g
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More than 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              X2:APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
              NEX-5N:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              X2:16.1 MP
              NEX-5N:16 MP
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              X2:12,500 ISO
              NEX-5N:25,600 ISO
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor
              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Sony Cyber-shot RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $698 - $746

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $740 - $999 body only

              $900 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Leica X2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $1,299

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Leica X1

              Leica X1

              Boutique

              $1,850

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Leica X Vario

              Leica X Vario

              Boutique

              $2,133

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Size Larger
              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $700

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Fujifilm FinePix X100

              Boutique

              $850 - $900

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              True resolution Lower true resolution

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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 Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $1,299 with 18-200mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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