Sony NEX-5N vs Leica M8

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

72

Leica M8

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Leica M8

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Rangefinder
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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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
77 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 20% 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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Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.5"
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More than 20% larger screen
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
77.0 vs 59.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 21.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2.5 more bits of color
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
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
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 6.7 f-stops better
Weight
Significantly lighter
269 g vs 591 g
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2.2x lighter
Size
Smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 139×80×37 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
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.5"
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              M88s
              NEX-5N30s
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              M810.4 MP
              NEX-5N16 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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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
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 - $1,698 body only

              $1,398 - $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Leica M8 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Leica M9

              Leica M9

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $5,215 - $5,259 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Boutique

              $1,085 - $1,300

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder
              Leica M8.2

              Leica M8.2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $230 body only

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

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $1,055

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a rangefinder viewfinder
              Leica Q (Typ 116)

              Leica Q (Typ 116)

              Boutique

              $4,250 - $6,000

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
              Size Significantly larger

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $346 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              Focus points 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 More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $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-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $481 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

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

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