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
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Leica X2

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 
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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 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
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash

        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

        $2,132

        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
        Ricoh GR

        Ricoh GR

        Boutique

        $639

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Wide angle Worse wide angle
        Battery life Shorter battery life

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $508 body only

        $1,035 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 - $548 body only

        $598 - $599 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-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $320 body only

        $450 with 16-50mm lens

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

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $494 - $748 body only

        $665 - $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

        $582 body only

        $598 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Touch screen No touch screen

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