Updated (April, 2013): Compare the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6 vs Sony NEX-5N

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-5

62

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
40 lenses
Longest exposure
Long exposures
60 seconds

differences

Advantages of the Panasonic DMC-GF5

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
180 ms vs 670 ms
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3.7x less delay when taking photos
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Lens availability
More lenses available
40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% more lenses available
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
360 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$289.95 vs $398.00
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The best price we've seen is $108 cheaper (around 30% less)
Weight
Slightly lighter
267 g vs 287 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.2 EV vs 10 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
69.0 vs 50.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
22.2 bits vs 20.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
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
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
796 ISO vs 573 ISO
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The NEX-5 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1000 ms vs 1400 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14 MP vs 12 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              DMC-GF5:108x67x37 mm
              NEX-5:111x59x38 mm
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              DMC-GF5:$289.95
              NEX-5:$398.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              DMC-GF5:12 MP
              NEX-5:14 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              DMC-GF5:23
              NEX-5:25
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $730 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Color depth Has slightly more color depth
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $373 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $649 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $212 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $197 body only

              $300 with 14mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $798

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Interchangeable lenses Has a built-in lens

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $390 body only

              $350 - $518 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $125 body only

              $280 with 14-42mm lens

              Thickness Thinner
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $533 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $462 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $536 body only

              $368 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $850 body only

              $598 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Weight Heavier
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $627 body only

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay

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