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

Nikon D5100 vs Sony NEX 5N

Winner
Nikon D5100

57

Sony NEX-5N

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.6 EV
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 5N

Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Color depth
Great color depth
23.6 bits
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

$403 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$445 body only

$515 - $529 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Screen size Significantly larger screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$315 body only

$349 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Battery life Much longer battery life
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$436 body only

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Lowest price Cheaper
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$230 body only

$470 with 18-55mm lens

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Startup delay Less startup delay
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Less startup delay
Lowest price Cheaper
Overall image quality Much worse image quality

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?