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

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

51

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Leica X2

47

Leica X2

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
235 ms shutter lag
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Leica X2

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

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
Slightly cheaper
$204.75 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $94 cheaper (more than 30% 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
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
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
Focus points
Slightly 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
              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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              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 A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Leica X2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica X1

              Leica X1

              Boutique

              $1,480

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $850 - $1,299

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Leica X Vario

              Leica X Vario

              Boutique

              $2,099 - $2,850

              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

              $680 - $849

              Aperture Much wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Sensor size Significantly smaller sensor
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Boutique

              $1,299

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $630 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $350 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $286 body only

              $373 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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