Nikon Z fc vs Sony NEX-5

Nikon Z fc front
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front

Nikon Z fc vs Sony NEX-5 Key Specs

Nikon Z fc
(Full Review)
  • 21MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Push to 204800)
  • No Anti-Alias Filter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Nikon Z Mount
  • 445g - 135 x 94 x 44mm
  • Announced June 2021
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
  • Revealed June 2010
  • Successor is Sony NEX-5N
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Nikon Z fc vs Sony NEX-5 Overview

Below, we will be analyzing the Nikon Z fc and Sony NEX-5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by brands Nikon and Sony. There is a big difference among the sensor resolutions of the Z fc (21MP) and NEX-5 (14MP) but they possess the exact same sensor size (APS-C).

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The Z fc was released 11 years after the NEX-5 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera tech is concerned. Each of these cameras come with different body type with the Nikon Z fc being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony NEX-5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving in to a full comparison, below is a quick highlight of how the Z fc matches up vs the NEX-5 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Nikon Z fc over the Sony NEX-5

 Z fc NEX-5 
RevealedJune 2021June 2010Newer by 135 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1040k920kCrisper screen (+120k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies
Touch screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5 over the Nikon Z fc

 NEX-5 Z fc 

Common features in the Nikon Z fc and Sony NEX-5

 Z fc NEX-5 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen size

Nikon Z fc vs Sony NEX-5 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is looking to travel with your camera often, you're going to have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Nikon Z fc comes with exterior dimensions of 135mm x 94mm x 44mm (5.3" x 3.7" x 1.7") along with a weight of 445 grams (0.98 lbs) whilst the Sony NEX-5 has dimensions of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") and a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs).

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Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ based on the lens you use at that time. The following is the front view proportions comparison of the Z fc compared to the NEX-5.

Nikon Z fc vs Sony NEX-5 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability score of the Z fc and NEX-5 is 79 and 89 respectively.

Nikon Z fc vs Sony NEX-5 top view buttons comparison

Nikon Z fc vs Sony NEX-5 Sensor Comparison

Generally, it's difficult to visualize the gap in sensor dimensions simply by researching specifications. The image below may provide you a much better sense of the sensor sizes in the Z fc and NEX-5.

Plainly, the two cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit different megapixels. You should expect the Nikon Z fc to provide you with more detail as a result of its extra 7 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also enable you to crop photographs somewhat more aggressively. The fresher Z fc provides an edge with regard to sensor technology.

Nikon Z fc vs Sony NEX-5 sensor size comparison

Nikon Z fc vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon Z fc vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon Z fc Portrait photography factors
Sony NEX-5 Portrait photography factors
has manual focus
good MP (21MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports face detect focus
supports RAW files
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon Z fc Street photography information
Sony NEX-5 Street photography information
screen articulates fully
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports RAW files
has touch focus
above average high ISO (51,200)
no image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (445g)
has a tilting screen
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Nikon Z fc Sports photography highlights
Sony NEX-5 Sports photography highlights
good MP (21MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
supports tracking focus
has phase detect auto focus
no image stabilization
low battery pack (300 CIPA)
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Nikon Z fc Travel photography details
Sony NEX-5 Travel photography details
has bluetooth
has touch focus
good MP (21MP)
screen is selfie friendly
low battery pack (300 shots)
more heavy than competitors (445g)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
no Timelapse mode
does not posses selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon Z fc Landscape photography information
Sony NEX-5 Landscape photography information
has manual focus
switch lenses (Nikon Z mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good MP (21MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
doesnt have anti-alias filter
above average high ISO (51,200)
supports RAW files
no image stabilization
low battery pack (300 per charge)
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW files
does not have image stabilization
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon Z fc Vlogging features
Sony NEX-5 Vlogging features
screen is selfie friendly
has touchscreen
supports face detect focus
high res video (3840 x 2160 pxls)
has microphone socket
no image stabilization
more heavy than competitors (445 grams)
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
does not posses selfie friendly screen
does not have image stabilization
no microphone support
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Nikon Z fc vs Sony NEX-5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon Z fc and Sony NEX-5
 Nikon Z fcSony Alpha NEX-5
General Information
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Model Nikon Z fc Sony Alpha NEX-5
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2021-06-28 2010-06-07
Physical type SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip - Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.5 x 15.7mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 369.0mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 21MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 5568 x 3712 4592 x 3056
Maximum native ISO 51200 12800
Maximum enhanced ISO 204800 -
Min native ISO 100 200
RAW data
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 209 25
Lens mount Nikon Z Sony E
Total lenses 21 121
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Type of screen Fully Articulated Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of screen 1,040k dots 920k dots
Selfie friendly
Touch friendly
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic None
Viewfinder resolution 2,360k dots -
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.68x -
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter rate 11.0 frames/s 7.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual mode
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash range no built-in flash 12.00 m
Flash options Front-curtain sync, slow sync, rear-curtain sync, red-eye reduction, red-eye reduction with slow sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize - 1/160s
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p, MOV, H.264, Linear PCM 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 3840x2160 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD
Microphone support
Headphone support
Wireless Built-In None
USB USB 3.2 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 445g (0.98 lbs) 287g (0.63 lbs)
Dimensions 135 x 94 x 44mm (5.3" x 3.7" x 1.7") 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 300 photos 330 photos
Battery style Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL25 NPFW50
Self timer Yes Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Storage type SD/SDHC/SDXC card (UHS-II supported) SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots Single Single
Price at release $949 $599