Updated (August 2011): Compare the Sony NEX-5N vs Sony NEX-7

Sony NEX 7 vs Sony NEX 5N

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Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 7

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1200 ms startup delay
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Battery life
Great battery life
460 shots
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag

galleries

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-7.

competitors

Sony NEX-7 Competitors

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Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$648 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Focus points More focus points
Size Larger
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Sony NEX 7n

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

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Sony NEX 5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
Viewfinder No viewfinder

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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Nikon Coolpix AW110

Waterproof

$404

Image stabilization Image stabilization
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Battery life Much shorter battery life
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Sony NEX 5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Focus points More focus points
Battery life Much shorter battery life
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Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Built-in flash Built-in flash
Startup delay Much more startup delay

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Avatar for juan delgado juan delgado (9:38 PM, April 17, 2012)
iv bought the 5n and returned it one week and 6days later and bought the a65 very happy..... biggest difference is 5n is smaller in my hands it felt like i was bound to break something soon nex7 is almost pro like comes with a good lens too + :-)
 
Mardicronin (4:20 AM, April 17, 2012)
I'm very interested in these cameras but wondering what the biggest difference would be between the two. Is it worth the extra $$ or should I settle for the nex5??
 
CITO (5:47 AM, January 16, 2012)
my only problem with the nex 7 is the ugly pop up flash, it should have been built in camera above viewfinder (like a DSC-W180 cybershots flash) SCARED ILL DROP IT AND FLASH HITS SOMETHING WHILE POPPED OPEN
 
Avatar for Daniel Kuntz Daniel Kuntz (1:39 PM, January 07, 2012)
Actually the NEX 5N's body is magnesium alloy. But I do agree that it feels plasticky.
 
Avatar for Ji Hoon Yoon Ji Hoon Yoon (3:39 AM, December 06, 2011)
The NEX 7 actually drains battery faster when using the viewfinder due to the fact that it's an EVF, not an OVF. Doesn't save battery life at all.
 
Sadasddas (7:06 PM, December 02, 2011)
wow, what?
 
Lanson Chua (1:20 PM, October 20, 2011)
Thanks Jokapro, and that looks better. I have seen the NEX5N`s lens, the finishing feel & look so coarse and unpolished. The body is so plasticky too. Waiting for NEX 7.
 
Jokapr07 (0:02 PM, October 20, 2011)
If you are basing your assumption on the photo above, the NEX-7 in the picture has the 50mm 1.8 lens on it as opposed to the 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 lens.  And yes the NEX-5N can use the 50mm 1.8 lens.  
 
Lanson Chua (4:04 PM, September 25, 2011)
NEX-5N lens has a terrible proportion to its body. It is a pissed off. It has ruin the portability completely. Can the slimmer one on NEX-7 used on NEX-5N?
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:04 PM, August 24, 2011)
Hi Tom, thanks for pointing out those mistakes, in our effort to get the new cameras up on the site quickly we have made a mistake or two! We'll get those fixed asap.
 
Avatar for Tom Long Tom Long (4:59 PM, August 24, 2011)
On the NEX-7, you have the high ISO as 160,000.  The Sony site has 16,000.  On the NEX-5N the max and min shutter speeds are reversed.  Greatly enjoy your site.  Very helpful.