Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Samsung NX200 vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

73

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Samsung NX200

60

Samsung NX200

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
460 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX200

Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
36 lenses
Weight
Light-weight
200 g
 
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differences

Advantages of the Samsung NX200

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Screen type Has an OLED screen OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Lens availability More lenses available 36 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
True resolution Higher true resolution 20 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Weight Lighter 200 g vs 269 g
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Around 30% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $349.99 vs $598.00
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The best price we've seen is $248 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.4" vs 1.5"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 1900 ms vs 3600 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 618 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 614k dots
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Around 50% higher resolution screen
Overall image quality Better image quality 77.0 vs 69.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 460 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 235 ms vs 365 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Color depth Better color depth 23.6 bits vs 22.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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
Focus points Slightly more focus points 25 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              NX200:12.6 EV
              NEX-5N:12.7 EV
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              NX200:117x63x36 mm
              NEX-5N:111x59x38 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
              NX200:200 g
              NEX-5N:269 g
              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
              NX200:15
              NEX-5N:25
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              NX200:3600 ms
              NEX-5N:1900 ms
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $525 body only

              $630 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $436 - $1,054 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 - $970 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              $999 - $1,136 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $389 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Samsung NX200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX20

              Samsung NX20

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,086 body only

              $977 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 - $700 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $300 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $574 body only

              $739 - $759 with 16-50mm lens

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

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              Michael (6:14 PM, December 08, 2011)
              The NX200 includes a flash in the standard kit.
               
              Avatar for Nuradil Nuradil (8:10 PM, October 24, 2011)
              Nor NX200 nor NEX-5 hasn't built in flash. They are included in the kit and can be mounted on the camera.
              Among other advantages of Samsung NX series the biggest one is an excellent lens roadmap, especially 3 very sharp pancakes which make the camera very light and compact.
              NX200 is a clear winner of this contest.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:44 AM, September 27, 2011)
              Hi Dave, good catch, you're right he Samsung NX200 does not have a built in flash, I'll get the specs updated.  As far as the price - Snapsort shows prices from actual retailers, and thats the best price its seen so far, it looks like the NX200 is not widely available yet.
               
              Avatar for Low Budget Dave Low Budget Dave (11:29 PM, September 26, 2011)
              I am pretty sure the Samsung NX200 does not have a built in flash.  On the bright side, the actual price is only about $899.

              The biggest advantage of the Samsung is the traditional controls.  The Sony takes a lot of getting used to.