Updated (April 2012): Compare the Samsung NX1000 vs Sony NEX-5N

Samsung NX1000 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Reasons to buy the Samsung NX1000

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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Advantages of the Samsung NX1000

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
598 ms vs 670 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
72.0 vs 69.0
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Almost the same
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.4 EV vs 12.2 EV
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
222 g vs 287 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1000 ms vs 1700 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
62 lenses vs 55 lenses
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More than 10% more lenses available
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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recommendations

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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Size Fairly small Help
              NX1000114×63×37 mm
              NEX-5111×59×38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Weight Light weight Help
              NX1000222 g
              NEX-5287 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              NX1000$370.00
              NEX-5$359.99
              Thickness Thin Help
              1.5"
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              NX1000598 ms
              NEX-5670 ms
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              NX100015
              NEX-525
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $605 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $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 Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 body only

              $381 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Samsung NX1000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 - $350 with 20-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX1100

              Samsung NX1100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 with 20-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Samsung NX500

              Samsung NX500

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 - $650 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Weight Heavier

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $350 with 16mm 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

              $761 body only

              $660 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Weight Heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              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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