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

Sony NEX 5N vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony NEX-5N


Sony Alpha NEX-5



Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 5N

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,079 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
Great color depth
Color depth
23.6 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.7 EV

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay


Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5N.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.


Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$399 body only

Focus points More focus points
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Fujifilm X-T20

Fujifilm X-T20

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$899 body only

$999 with 16-50mm lens

Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$498 - $1,998 body only

$598 - $630 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Touch screen No touch screen

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Color depth Worse color depth
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$379 with 16-50mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$699 body only

$449 - $678 with 18-55mm lens

Lens availability Much more lenses available
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out


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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: 
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!