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

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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


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

Focus points More focus points
Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$348 body only

$448 with 16-50mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Autofocus Faster autofocus
Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Touch screen No touch screen

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Continuous shooting Shoots slower
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$444 - $448 body only

$525 - $548 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Size Larger
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$358 body only

$438 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Lens availability Much more lenses available
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out


Sony NEX-5N

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Showing 11 comments

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!