Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Leica V-Lux 2 vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5N vs Leica V-Lux 2

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

53

Leica V-Lux 2

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
235 ms shutter lag
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Leica V-Lux 2

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

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differences

Advantages of the Leica V-Lux 2

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
11 fps vs 10 fps
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10% faster continuous shooting
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 124x80x95 mm
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3.8x smaller
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
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
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 9.8 MP
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Capture more than 60% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.7"
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2.5x thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
269 g vs 520 g
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Around 50% lighter
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$499.13 vs $1,999.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,500 cheaper (4x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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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

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $612 with 75-300mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $479 - $639 body only

              $799 - $899 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Leica V-Lux 2 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,649 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Leica V-Lux 4

              Leica V-Lux 4

              Super zoom

              $850

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Thickness Thicker
              Leica V-LUX 1

              Leica V-LUX 1

              Pro digicam

              $1,199

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Wide angle Much worse wide angle
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100

              Super zoom

              $350

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Leica V-Lux 3

              Leica V-Lux 3

              Super zoom

              $578

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Longest exposure Shorter max exposures

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              Focus points Significantly 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

              $299 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

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