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 image quality
Overall image quality
Great viewfinder
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 5N

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO
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


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

$449 - $498 body only

$579 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Size Larger
Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

Focus points More focus points
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$530 body only

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Focus points More focus points
Viewfinder No viewfinder

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$367 - $779 body only

$549 - $899 with 15-45mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$779 with 18-55mm lens

Focus points More focus points
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$437 body only

$370 - $379 with 16-50mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen


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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.