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

Sony NEX-5N vs Leica X2

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

50

Leica X2

45

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

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Leica X2. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5N.

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
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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
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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$456.79 vs $1,599.99
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The best price we've seen is $1,143 cheaper (3.5x less)
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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              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

              $998 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly 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
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Leica X Vario

              Leica X Vario

              Boutique

              $2,099

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Wide angle Worse wide angle
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $799 - $870

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Leica X (Typ 113)

              Leica X (Typ 113)

              Boutique

              $2,020

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Leica D-Lux 6

              Leica D-Lux 6

              Pro digicam

              $640

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

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $347 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              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 NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $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 Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $659 body only

              $887 with 16-50mm lens

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

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