Updated (August 2013): Compare the Sony NEX-5N vs Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5N vs Sony NEX-5R

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
235 ms shutter lag
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5R

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

Items often bought with the NEX-5N or NEX-5R

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

differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Battery life
Longer battery life
460 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO vs 910 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5R

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Focus points
More focus points
99 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
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Almost the same
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              NEX-5N12.7 EV
              NEX-5R13.1 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              NEX-5N23.6 bits
              NEX-5R23.7 bits
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Size Fairly small Help
              NEX-5N111×59×38 mm
              NEX-5R111×59×39 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Weight Light weight Help
              NEX-5N269 g
              NEX-5R276 g
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              NEX-5N$399.00
              NEX-5R$340.91
              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
              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
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16 MP
              Autofocus Slower hybrid detection autofocus Help
              NEX-5NContrast detection
              NEX-5RHybrid detection
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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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

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $279 body only

              $350 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              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-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              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
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $849 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $481 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony NEX-5N.

              Sony NEX-5R Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Size Larger
              Focus points Slightly fewer focus points

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