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

Sony NEX 7 vs Sony NEX 5N

Sony NEX-7


Sony NEX-5N



Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 7

Great viewfinder
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1200 ms startup delay

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
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
External flash
External flash
Better lighting


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.


Sony NEX-7 Competitors

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$698 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$549 body only

$1,126 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points More focus points
Weight Slightly lighter
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$998 body only

$1,148 with 16-50mm lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Focus points Many more focus points
Size Larger

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$600 body only

Focus points More focus points
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Low light performance More noise at high ISO
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 body only

$405 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$390 body only

$444 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Lowest price Slightly cheaper
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag


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Showing 11 comments

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.