Updated (June, 2013): Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

81

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Sony NEX-5N

53

Sony NEX-5N

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Overall image quality
Great image quality
77.0
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1900 ms startup delay
 

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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
Weight
Slightly lighter
213 g vs 269 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Overall image quality
Better image quality
77.0 vs 66.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
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
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1900 ms vs 2800 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO vs 390 ISO
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The NEX-5N has excellent image quality 1.5 f-stops higher ISO than the DSC-RX100
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
460 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 22.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 12.4 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price
Cheaper
$199.97 vs $399.95
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The best price we've seen is $200 cheaper (2x less)
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              DSC-RX100:1,229k dots
              NEX-5N:920k dots
              Size Fairly small Help
              DSC-RX100:101x58x35 mm
              NEX-5N:111x59x38 mm
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              DSC-RX100:2800 ms
              NEX-5N:1900 ms

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $675 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $326 - $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Placeholder

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $598

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $299 - $368

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Zoom More zoom
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $398

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $347 body only

              $948 with 50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly 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

              $399 body only

              $630 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $475 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $286 body only

              $373 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $590 body only

              $1,915 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen

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              Avatar for Nuli Cenul Nuli Cenul (2:54 PM, March 04, 2013)
              The final score doesn't show the overall comparison. Lens section for NEX5N is 0.0. With the the wide selection of lenses, it should be the advantage. Also the Image Stabilization is 0.0? NEX has it in lens.