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Samsung NX mini vs Sony NEX-5

Portability
93
Imaging
52
Features
68
Overall
58
Samsung NX mini front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front
Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
58
Overall
55

Samsung NX mini vs Sony NEX-5 Key Specs

Samsung NX mini
(Full Review)
  • 20.5MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 160 - 12800 (Raise to 25600)
  • 1/16000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Samsung NX-M Mount
  • 196g - 110 x 62 x 23mm
  • Revealed March 2014
Sony NEX-5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 287g - 111 x 59 x 38mm
  • Introduced June 2010
  • Successor is Sony NEX-5N
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Samsung NX mini vs Sony NEX-5 Overview

Lets look a little more in depth at the Samsung NX mini vs Sony NEX-5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras by companies Samsung and Sony. There exists a big gap among the resolutions of the NX mini (20.5MP) and NEX-5 (14MP) and the NX mini (1") and NEX-5 (APS-C) come with different sensor sizing.

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The NX mini was unveiled 3 years after the NEX-5 which is a fairly big gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before going straight into a comprehensive comparison, below is a short summation of how the NX mini grades versus the NEX-5 in terms of portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Samsung NX mini over the Sony NEX-5

 NX mini NEX-5 
IntroducedMarch 2014June 2010Newer by 47 months
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5 over the Samsung NX mini

 NEX-5 NX mini 
Display resolution920k461kCrisper display (+459k dot)

Common features in the Samsung NX mini and Sony NEX-5

 NX mini NEX-5 
Focus manually Dial precise focus
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimension3"3"Identical display measurement
Selfie screen Neither features selfie screen

Samsung NX mini vs Sony NEX-5 Physical Comparison

If you are aiming to travel with your camera regularly, you are going to need to factor in its weight and size. The Samsung NX mini enjoys external dimensions of 110mm x 62mm x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9") along with a weight of 196 grams (0.43 lbs) while the Sony NEX-5 has specifications of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs).

Check the Samsung NX mini 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 vary based on the lens you are working with during that time. Here is the front view measurement comparison of the NX mini against the NEX-5.

Samsung NX mini vs Sony NEX-5 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the NX mini and NEX-5 is 93 and 89 respectively.

Samsung NX mini vs Sony NEX-5 top view buttons comparison

Samsung NX mini vs Sony NEX-5 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be tough to picture the contrast in sensor dimensions purely by seeing specs. The picture here may offer you a far better sense of the sensor sizes in the NX mini and NEX-5.

As you can plainly see, both the cameras have got different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The NX mini with its smaller sensor is going to make getting shallower depth of field more difficult and the Samsung NX mini will provide extra detail having an extra 6.5MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop photos much more aggressively. The more recent NX mini provides an edge with regard to sensor tech.

Samsung NX mini vs Sony NEX-5 sensor size comparison

Samsung NX mini vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung NX mini vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
Photography Glossary

Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung NX mini as a Portrait photography camera
Sony NEX-5 as a Portrait photography camera
71
you can focus manually
good megapixels (20.5MP)
nice sensor size (1")
comes with face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
72
has manual focus
resolution is good (14MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
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Street Comparison

Samsung NX mini as a Street photography camera
Sony NEX-5 as a Street photography camera
81
screen tilts up and down
nice sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
supports touch to focus
lighter than competitors (196 grams)
does not have image stabilization
76
has a tilting screen
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Samsung NX mini Sports photography features
Sony NEX-5 Sports photography features
54
high shutter speed (1/16,000s)
good megapixels (20.5 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
better than average battery power (650 CIPA)
slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
does not have image stabilization
does not have phase detect AF
52
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
no image stabilization
no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Samsung NX mini Travel photography info
Sony NEX-5 Travel photography info
76
better than average battery power (650 CIPA)
lighter than competitors (196 grams)
supports touch to focus
good megapixels (20.5MP)
has built in flash
does not have Timelapse mode
display is not selfie friendly
59
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
no Time Lapse mode
display isn't selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Samsung NX mini
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-5
68
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Samsung NX-M mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
good megapixels (20.5 megapixels)
nice sensor size (1")
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (650 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
does not have Timelapse mode
68
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
resolution is good (14 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
no image stabilization
no Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung NX mini as a Vlogging camera
Sony NEX-5 as a Vlogging camera
38
built-in touchscreen
comes with face detect focusing
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
comes with microphone support
lighter than competitors (196 grams)
display is not selfie friendly
does not have image stabilization
28
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
display isn't selfie friendly
no image stabilization
no external mic port
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Samsung NX mini vs Sony NEX-5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung NX mini and Sony NEX-5
 Samsung NX miniSony Alpha NEX-5
General Information
Brand Samsung Sony
Model Samsung NX mini Sony Alpha NEX-5
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2014-03-19 2010-06-07
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
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Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" APS-C
Sensor dimensions 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 20.5MP 14MP
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 1:1, 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 5472 x 3648 4592 x 3056
Max native ISO 12800 12800
Max boosted ISO 25600 -
Min native ISO 160 200
RAW data
Min boosted ISO 100 -
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Number of focus points 21 25
Lens
Lens mount Samsung NX-M Sony E
Number of lenses 2 121
Crop factor 2.7 1.5
Screen
Display type Tilting Tilting
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 461k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch functionality
Display technology TFT-LCD (180 degree tilt) -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Highest shutter speed 1/16000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 6.0 frames per sec 7.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range - 12.00 m
Flash settings Smart Flash, auto, auto + redeye reduction, fill-in, fill-in + redeye reduction, 1st curtain, 2nd curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/200 seconds 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080, 1280 x 720, 640 x 480, 320 x 240 (all 30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 196 gr (0.43 pounds) 287 gr (0.63 pounds)
Dimensions 110 x 62 x 23mm (4.3" x 2.4" x 0.9") 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around 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
Other
Battery life 650 photos 330 photos
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model B740 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2-30 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse recording
Type of storage microSD/microSDHC/microSDXC SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Pricing at launch $530 $599