Updated (August 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Sony NEX-5N

Nikon D5100 vs Sony NEX 5N

Winner
Nikon D5100

55

Sony NEX-5N

49

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.6 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 5N

Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
1.5"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5N.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$436 body only

$399 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$378 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$410 - $597 body only

$479 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
GPS Has a GPS
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 - $548 body only

$582 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

$365 - $379 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,398 body only

$1,649 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Focus points Many more focus points
Size Larger

discussion

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Showing 8 comments

Faizan (7:24 AM, October 17, 2012)
Based on your comparison


Overall Total
TOTAL D5100 Score 193.2
TOTAL Nex5N Score 124.1
Difference: 69.1


Popularity


D5100 Score 100.0
Nex5N Score 20.0
Difference: 80.0


So, if you factor out these 80 points from the overall total - Nex 5N wins hands down by 10.9 points in terms of specs & functionality.


Sometimes I feel that these popularity scores are collected by Nikon fanboy :). Snapsort: Get rid of this popularity crap.
 
Keathow (6:55 PM, April 10, 2012)
 http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Camera-Sensor-Database/Nikon/D5100

IQ of D5100 is great! i love it!
 
Avatar for Meraga Abderaouf Meraga Abderaouf (9:16 PM, February 16, 2012)
 in my opinion this comparison isn't true because i've tested the both cameras and the video qualty is quite huge on the nex 5N than the Nikon and also the image qualty and i think too that the Nikon wone here because it has a better manuel setting than the NEX and let us do not forget the "Click...click...'' busines on the sony that it has'nt been resolved intel now by the producers even thier Know about the deal. and Thanks!
 
Guest (1:50 PM, January 11, 2012)
Popularity is a joke - why use it in the first place? Surely the whole reason you've come here is to get an objective comparison of specs?? Disregarding popularity the NEX 5n wins hands down.
 
bboy (7:16 AM, December 03, 2011)
From what I've read, the d5100 is much easier to handle because the controls are easily accessible. Also, it has more lenses and accessories available. But if daily means portability to you, I'd go for the NEX-5N.
 
bboy (7:13 AM, December 03, 2011)
[1] http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/readflat.asp?forum=1042&message=39205451&changemode=1
 
bboy (7:12 AM, December 03, 2011)
I am planning to get a d5100 but the comparison on dpreview[1] is disturbing. I really want the d5100. Is IQ really that far off? I'm planning to use it for night photography as a hobby.
 
TonyCastle (6:45 PM, October 02, 2011)
if size didnt matter, which one is really better for daily photo shooting?