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

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

80

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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
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 M8

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Rangefinder
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 27.0x18.0mm
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-C 27.0x18.0mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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More than 30% 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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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
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
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
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
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
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
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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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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        similarities

        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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        Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
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        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-7

        Sony NEX-7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $800 body only

        $979 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

        Pro digicam

        $548 - $550

        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
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 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
        Samsung NX2000

        Samsung NX2000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $325 - $429 with 20-50mm lens

        Screen size Has a much larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
        Sony A7

        Sony A7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,698 body only

        $1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm lens

        Low light performance Is much 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
        Leica M8.2

        Leica M8.2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $7,000 body only

        Continuous shooting No continuous shooting support
        Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
        Fujifilm X-Pro1

        Fujifilm X-Pro1

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,199 body only

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
        Sensor size Smaller sensor
        Leica M Typ 240

        Leica M Typ 240

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Much better image quality
        Fastest shutter speed Significantly slower max shutter speed
        Weight Heavier
        Canon EOS 6D

        Canon EOS 6D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,750 - $1,899 body only

        $2,397 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $508 body only

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $448 body only

        $598 - $599 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Lowest price Cheaper
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $320 body only

        $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

        Lowest price Significantly cheaper
        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $493 - $748 body only

        $664 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 body only

        $565 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Lowest price Cheaper
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Supports 24p No 24p support

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