Updated (May, 2013): Compare the Samsung NX2000 vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5N vs Samsung NX1000

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

73

Samsung NX1000

64

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
235 ms shutter lag
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX1000

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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Advantages of the Samsung NX1000

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True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Lens availability
More lenses available
36 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
1700 ms vs 1900 ms
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More than 10% less delay when turning on
Weight
Lighter
222 g vs 269 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$320.00 vs $489.13
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The best price we've seen is $169 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
235 ms vs 598 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
77.0 vs 72.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO vs 840 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life
Longer battery life
460 shots vs 320 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 12.4 EV
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
10 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Size Fairly small Help
              NX1000114x63x37 mm
              NEX-5N111x59x38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Weight Light weight Help
              NX1000222 g
              NEX-5N269 g
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              NX100015
              NEX-5N25
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              NX10001700 ms
              NEX-5N1900 ms

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $598 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 - $569 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Screen resolution Has a slightly 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 Has a built-in flash
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 with 18-55mm lens

              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $398 - $498

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Samsung NX1000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $230 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $369 - $480 with 20-50mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon 1 J2

              Nikon 1 J2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $286 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Samsung NX1100

              Samsung NX1100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $488 with 20-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Thickness Slightly thicker

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              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
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

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

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