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

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

82

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

68

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great 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
 
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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
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
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
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
Weight Slightly lighter 269 g vs 287 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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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Sony NEX-5N Sony NEX-5N 82

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        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        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
        Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
        Professional
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        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
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $508 body only

        Focus points Has significantly more focus points
        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Has significantly more focus points
        Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $449 - $748 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Focus points Has significantly more focus points
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
        Sony Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 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 Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $350 body only

        $450 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 A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 - $734 body only

        $798 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Sony NEX-7

        Sony NEX-7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,109 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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

        Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

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

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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!