Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX-5N

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Sony NEX-5N

73

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

61

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
235 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
460 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
235 ms vs 670 ms
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2.9x less delay when taking photos
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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 69.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
460 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO vs 796 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Slightly lighter
269 g vs 287 g
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Around 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$299.00 vs $398.00
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The best price we've seen is $99 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
1000 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 50% less delay when turning on
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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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Size Fairly small Help
              Compact 111x59x38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              25
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 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

              $299 body only

              $549 - $630 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $286 body only

              $373 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $621 body only

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              $788 with 18-200mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $287 body only

              $320 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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              Phelanmccormack95 (11:32 AM, July 21, 2012)
              It's saying that they are professional as in a lot of professional cameras you would buy a flash for to go on top, it look professional when you have an exterior flash and not a built in one. Also you get a flash with the NEX 5N and the NEX 5 which is really good. Definitely buy one, overall the NEX 5N takes my point
               
              Jamie (11:45 AM, April 25, 2012)
              I am taking photos of bags in a light tent with two 5500k lights at the side. I need the photos to be similar to this quality: 
              http://www.yoogiscloset.com/images/product/large/22278.jpg
              Any help with deciding would be appreciated, the choices are not limited to these two models but a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. 
               
              Ppm1978 (4:29 AM, February 01, 2012)
              I want to bay a mirrorless camera please telmy wich 1 its bether thanks
               
              Lanson Chua (4:04 PM, September 28, 2011)
              Sahiljohnian, I am equally as undecided as you. I am dead fuzzy about committing one. I have been reading several websites and making comparisons over & over again. Specs for specs, features for features. I still find that NEX-5N price is value for money at this new launching stage. My local shops are selling USD1000 with 2 lenses. I have a high budget & I might be considering the NEX-7 when it is available to us in November. Maybe not or maybe I am sold for its excellent package.

              What is holding me back is my very dislike for the Sony lenses for these NEX models. They look horrible  in proportion to its body and defeats my purpose of wanting a unit reasonably sized CSC. Two of my friends got themselves a NEX-5N & they have no complain of anything other than the lopsided weight they feel when carrying & holding it in hand. Just awkward. 

              I dont know, I just feel very reluctant to get one for now even though all aspects are fine. Really. If you dont mind what I mind then it is a fine one. The clicking sound has come to the attention of Sony & I think it is a rectifiable small problem.

               
              Sahiljohnian (3:20 PM, September 28, 2011)
              with the click sound in sony nex 5n which wud u say is better??other sites say sony nex is better in most ways..and the pricee difference isn't as much as they say here..kindly help me on this
               
              Lanson Chua (2:02 PM, September 06, 2011)
              Can someone enlighten me as to what it means `Professional` in the common weakness comments for both nex-5 & nex-5N without a build-in-flash. I love these 2 models but I cant make up my mind for which they are without a flash & an image stabilization. Are these two features very important? Do they mean a bad buy for a newbie like me? Kindly advise. Thanks.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (6:14 PM, August 26, 2011)
              Our mistake, we've fixed up the specs, thanks, you're right the Nex-5N does have continuous video focus.
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (6:13 PM, August 26, 2011)
              Thanks D D, we've fixed up the size and weight!
               
              Guest (9:55 AM, August 26, 2011)
              On http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/nex-compact-camera-system/range/nex-5n at the bottom of the page you can find information concerning movie continuous focus - "Keep moving video subjects crisp and clear with tracking autofocus". Is nex 5n camera really without this feature?
               
              D D (8:41 AM, August 26, 2011)
              I checked the weight and dimensions and they are exactly the same in case of size and the body should be even lighter than the previous nex 5...
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:44 PM, August 24, 2011)
              Our mistake, we got those reversed, we'll have them updated shortly, thanks!