Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Samsung NX5 vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5N vs Samsung NX5

Sony NEX-5N
Samsung NX5

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
235 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Samsung NX5

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
36 lenses
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

galleries

Explore our gallery of 23 sample photos taken by the Samsung NX5. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5N.

differences

Advantages of the Samsung NX5

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Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
Help
A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Lens availability
More lenses available
36 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
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
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 3 f-stops better
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Size
Smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 123x87x39 mm
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More than 40% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
269 g vs 491 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.5" vs 1.6"
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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similarities

Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

Common Strengths
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Common Weaknesses
Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
1/4000 of a second
Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
30 seconds
External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
Limited to the in-camera mic
Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
Need to shelter it from weather
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
NX514 MP
NEX-5N16 MP

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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$698 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Has image stabilization
True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Thickness Is thicker
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$473 body only

$350 with 16-50mm lens

Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$448 body only

$598 with 16-50mm lens

True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
Autofocus Focuses automatically
External flash Doesn't support an external flash
Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
Samsung NX300

Samsung NX300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$466 - $569 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Image stabilization Has image stabilization
True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
Samsung NX1000

Samsung NX1000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$370 body only

$250 with 20-50mm lens

True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

Samsung NX5 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Samsung NX1

Samsung NX1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,398 - $1,499 body only

$1,699 - $1,700 with 16-50mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Significantly larger
Thickness Significantly thicker
Samsung NX20

Samsung NX20

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$700 body only

Live view Has live view
Screen type Has an OLED screen
Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Entry-level DSLR

Lens availability Much more lenses available
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen size Smaller screen
Movie format Does not take movies
Samsung NX10

Samsung NX10

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Live view Has live view
Screen type Has an OLED screen

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 NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5T

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$349 body only

$640 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points More focus points
Dynamic range More dynamic range
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Battery life Shorter battery life
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$300 body only

$420 with 16-50mm lens

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