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

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

79

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Leica M8

41

Leica M8

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Leica M8

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Rangefinder
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-H 28.7x19.0mm
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
38 lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 
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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
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-H 28.7x19.0mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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Around 50% larger sensor
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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Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.0" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Color depth Better color depth 23.6 bits vs 21.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2.5 more bits of color
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
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
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
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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 2,500 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 3.4 f-stops better
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
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 2 fps
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5x faster continuous shooting
Weight Much lighter 269 g vs 591 g
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2.2x lighter
Size Smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 139x80x37 mm
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Around 40% smaller
Longest exposure Longer exposures 30s vs 8s
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Around 4x longer exposures
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recommendations

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

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similarities

Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
Professional
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

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Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$648 body only

$798 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker
Canon Rebel T3i

Canon Rebel T3i

Entry-level DSLR

$499 - $774 body only

$200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
Thickness Is thicker

Leica M8 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Leica M9

Leica M9

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$6,885 body only

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Better image quality
Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
Leica M8.2

Leica M8.2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
Continuous shooting No continuous shooting support
Fujifilm X-Pro1

Fujifilm X-Pro1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$900 - $999 body only

$1,350 with 16225391-32mm lens

Live view Has live view
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
Sensor size Smaller sensor
Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Fujifilm FinePix X100s

Boutique

$1,299

Movie format Shoots movies
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Viewfinder Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder
Leica M Typ 240

Leica M Typ 240

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Live view Has live view
Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
Weight Heavier

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$508 body only

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

Sony NEX-5T

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$348 body only

$498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points Significantly more focus points
Dynamic range More dynamic range
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$396 - $748 body only

$500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Focus points Significantly more focus points
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Touch screen No touch screen
Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$300 body only

$298 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 16-50mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Built-in flash Built-in flash
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Touch screen No touch screen

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