Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Leica M8 vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

73

vs

Leica M8

39

Leica M8

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Leica M8

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Rangefinder
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
38 lenses
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 

differences

Advantages of the Leica M8

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Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Rangefinder vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lens availability
More lenses available
38 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
77.0 vs 59.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 21.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2.5 more bits of color
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO vs 663 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16 MP vs 10.4 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 2 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Weight
Much lighter
269 g vs 591 g
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2.2x lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 2,500 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 3.4 f-stops better
Size
Smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 139x80x37 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Longest exposure
Significantly longer exposures
30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              M8:8s
              NEX-5N:30s
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              M8:10.4 MP
              NEX-5N:16 MP

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $675 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $324 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $1,698 body only

              $1,500 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Leica M8 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica M9

              Leica M9

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $7,000 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Fujifilm X-Pro1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $900 - $1,000 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Live view Has live view
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder
              Leica M8.2

              Leica M8.2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $249 body only

              Continuous shooting No continuous shooting support
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $849 - $1,149

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder
              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Boutique

              $1,299

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $347 body only

              $948 with 50mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 body only

              $630 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $475 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $590 body only

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Focus points More focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

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