Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony NEX-5

Fujifilm X-T30 front
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front

Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony NEX-5 Key Specs

Fujifilm X-T30
(Full Review)
  • 26MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Push to 51200)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 4096 x 2160 video
  • Fujifilm X Mount
  • 383g - 118 x 83 x 47mm
  • Released February 2019
  • Previous Model is Fujifilm X-T20
  • Successor is Fujifilm X-T30 II
Sony NEX-5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 287g - 111 x 59 x 38mm
  • Released June 2010
  • New Model is Sony NEX-5N
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Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony NEX-5 Overview

Lets examine more closely at the Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony NEX-5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by rivals FujiFilm and Sony. There is a sizeable difference between the image resolutions of the Fujifilm X-T30 (26MP) and NEX-5 (14MP) but they feature the same exact sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The Fujifilm X-T30 was introduced 8 years after the NEX-5 which is quite a large gap as far as tech is concerned. Both cameras offer different body type with the Fujifilm X-T30 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony NEX-5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before we go straight into a in depth comparison, below is a short highlight of how the Fujifilm X-T30 scores vs the NEX-5 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Fujifilm X-T30 over the Sony NEX-5

 Fujifilm X-T30 NEX-5 
ReleasedFebruary 2019June 2010More modern by 106 months
Screen resolution1040k920kClearer screen (+120k dot)
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5 over the Fujifilm X-T30

 NEX-5 Fujifilm X-T30 

Common features in the Fujifilm X-T30 and Sony NEX-5

 Fujifilm X-T30 NEX-5 
Manually focus More accurate focus
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen measurement
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen

Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony NEX-5 Physical Comparison

If you're planning to carry around your camera, you should think about its weight and proportions. The Fujifilm X-T30 comes with external dimensions of 118mm x 83mm x 47mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 1.9") along with a weight of 383 grams (0.84 lbs) while the Sony NEX-5 has measurements of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") with a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs).

Contrast the Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony NEX-5 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Remember that, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you are employing at the time. Here is the front view dimension comparison of the Fujifilm X-T30 versus the NEX-5.

Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony NEX-5 size comparison

Considering size and weight, the portability score of the Fujifilm X-T30 and NEX-5 is 82 and 89 respectively.

Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony NEX-5 top view buttons comparison

Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony NEX-5 Sensor Comparison

Oftentimes, its hard to picture the gap between sensor sizes purely by reading specs. The pic underneath should offer you a clearer sense of the sensor dimensions in the Fujifilm X-T30 and NEX-5.

All in all, each of the cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing albeit different MP. You should expect the Fujifilm X-T30 to offer more detail using its extra 12 Megapixels. Higher resolution will help you crop shots a little more aggressively. The newer Fujifilm X-T30 should have a benefit with regard to sensor tech.

Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony NEX-5 sensor size comparison

Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and ViewFinder

Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Fujifilm X-T30 Portrait photography factors
Sony NEX-5 Portrait photography factors
manual focus
amazing megapixels (26 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides face detect autofocus
exports RAW formats
has manual focus
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Fujifilm X-T30
Street photography with Sony NEX-5
screen tilts
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
features focus via touch
lack of image stabilization
tilting screen
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Fujifilm X-T30 Sports photography factors
Sony NEX-5 Sports photography factors
silent shooting (1/32,000s)
fast shooting (20.0 frames/s)
amazing megapixels (26 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
great battery power (380 shots)
supports phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
does not have image stabilization
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Fujifilm X-T30
Travel photography with Sony NEX-5
great battery power (380 per charge)
connects via bluetooth
features focus via touch
amazing megapixels (26 megapixels)
built-in flash
screen is not selfie friendly
megapixel count good (14 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse recording
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Fujifilm X-T30
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-5
manual focus
change lenses (Fujifilm X mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
amazing megapixels (26 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
does not have anti-alias filter
exports RAW formats
great battery power (380 shots)
lack of image stabilization
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3")
megapixel count good (14MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW files
does not have image stabilization
lack of Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Fujifilm X-T30 Vlogging features
Sony NEX-5 Vlogging features
screen is touchscreen
provides face detect autofocus
great video quality (4096 x 2160 pixels)
comes with microphone jack
screen is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
lack of microphone jack
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Fujifilm X-T30 vs Sony NEX-5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Fujifilm X-T30 and Sony NEX-5
 Fujifilm X-T30Sony Alpha NEX-5
General Information
Company FujiFilm Sony
Model Fujifilm X-T30 Sony Alpha NEX-5
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2019-02-14 2010-06-07
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor X-Processor 4 Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.6mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 366.6mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 26MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 6240 x 4160 4592 x 3056
Max native ISO 12800 12800
Max enhanced ISO 51200 -
Min native ISO 160 200
RAW format
Min enhanced ISO 80 -
Focus manually
Touch to focus
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect focus
Contract detect focus
Phase detect focus
Number of focus points 425 25
Lens mount Fujifilm X Sony E
Available lenses 54 121
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 1,040 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch capability
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.62x -
Min shutter speed 4 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Max quiet shutter speed 1/32000 secs -
Continuous shutter speed 20.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m
Flash options Auto, on, slow sync, manual, commander Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External flash
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync - 1/160 secs
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 4096 x 2160 @ 30p / 200 Mbps, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 4096x2160 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD
Microphone input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 3.1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 383g (0.84 lb) 287g (0.63 lb)
Dimensions 118 x 83 x 47mm (4.6" x 3.3" x 1.9") 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall score not tested 69
DXO Color Depth score not tested 22.2
DXO Dynamic range score not tested 12.2
DXO Low light score not tested 796
Battery life 380 shots 330 shots
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NP-W126S NPFW50
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-I supported) SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
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