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

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

73

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Leica M8

39

Leica M8

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

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

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
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
 
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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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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
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
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.4 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
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
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
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
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 Common Weaknesses
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
        Professional
        Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
        M8:8s
        NEX-5N:30s
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        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 - $700 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
        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

        $843 - $1,000 body only

        $1,512 with 18mm lens

        Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
        Live view Has live view
        Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
        Sensor size Smaller sensor
        Leica M8.2

        Leica M8.2

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $250 body only

        Sensor size Slightly smaller sensor
        Continuous shooting No continuous shooting support
        Nikon DF

        Nikon DF

        Pro DSLR

        $2,747 body only

        $2,997 with 50mm lens

        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Lens availability Much more lenses available
        Size Much larger
        Thickness Much thicker
        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Canon EOS 5D Mark III

        Pro DSLR

        $3,399 body only

        $3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

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

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $348 body only

        $499 with 18-55mm 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

        $499 - $525 body only

        $630 - $698 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 A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $398 - $410 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

        $473 body only

        $436 - $575 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Lowest price Slightly cheaper
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $399 - $574 body only

        $739 - $759 with 16-50mm lens

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

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