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

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

73

vs

Samsung NX200

60

Samsung NX200

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

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

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
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
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
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
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
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$299.00 vs $399.95
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The best price we've seen is $101 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              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
              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
              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-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 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 NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              $788 with 18-200mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 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

              $235 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Samsung NX1000

              Samsung NX1000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              $322 with 20-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $999 with 20-50mm, 50-200mm lenses

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Samsung NX200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $342 body only

              $359 - $530 with 16-50mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX210

              Samsung NX210

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Weight Slightly heavier

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $549 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 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-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $286 body only

              $373 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

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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.