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Samsung NX11 vs Sony NEX-5

Portability
80
Imaging
55
Features
50
Overall
53
Samsung NX11 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front
Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
58
Overall
55

Samsung NX11 vs Sony NEX-5 Key Specs

Samsung NX11
(Full Review)
  • 15MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • 1280 x 720 video
  • Samsung NX Mount
  • 499g - 123 x 87 x 40mm
  • Released December 2010
  • Older Model is Samsung NX10
  • Successor is Samsung NX20
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
  • Later Model is Sony NEX-5N
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Samsung NX11 vs Sony NEX-5 Overview

The following is a detailed assessment of the Samsung NX11 versus Sony NEX-5, both Entry-Level Mirrorless digital cameras by companies Samsung and Sony. The resolution of the NX11 (15MP) and the NEX-5 (14MP) is pretty well matched and they come with the exact same sensor measurements (APS-C).

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The NX11 was manufactured 7 months after the NEX-5 which means that they are of a similar age. Both cameras come with different body type with the Samsung NX11 being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony NEX-5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before getting straight into a detailed comparison, below is a short highlight of how the NX11 scores against the NEX-5 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Samsung NX11 over the Sony NEX-5

 NX11 NEX-5 
RevealedDecember 2010June 2010Newer by 7 months

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5 over the Samsung NX11

 NEX-5 NX11 
Screen typeTiltingFixed Tilting screen
Screen resolution920k614kClearer screen (+306k dot)

Common features in the Samsung NX11 and Sony NEX-5

 NX11 NEX-5 
Manual focus Dial exact focusing
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurements
Selfie screen Missing selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither includes Touch friendly screen

Samsung NX11 vs Sony NEX-5 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera regularly, you have to think about its weight and dimensions. The Samsung NX11 features external measurements of 123mm x 87mm x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6") having a weight of 499 grams (1.10 lbs) and the Sony NEX-5 has dimensions of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") having a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will change dependant on the lens you have attached at that time. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the NX11 versus the NEX-5.

Samsung NX11 vs Sony NEX-5 size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability score of the NX11 and NEX-5 is 80 and 89 respectively.

Samsung NX11 vs Sony NEX-5 top view buttons comparison

Samsung NX11 vs Sony NEX-5 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it is very tough to visualize the gap between sensor dimensions purely by looking at a spec sheet. The pic here will help offer you a much better sense of the sensor measurements in the NX11 and NEX-5.

As you can see, both of these cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different MP. You can expect the Samsung NX11 to give you extra detail due to its extra 1 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also let you crop shots much more aggressively. The newer NX11 provides a benefit when it comes to sensor technology.

Samsung NX11 vs Sony NEX-5 sensor size comparison

Samsung NX11 vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and ViewFinder

Samsung NX11 vs Sony NEX-5 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Samsung NX11 Portrait photography information
Sony NEX-5 Portrait photography information
73
has manual focus
megapixel count decent (15MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides face detect focus
exports RAW formats
72
focusing manually
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Samsung NX11 as a Street photography camera
Sony NEX-5 as a Street photography camera
60
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
screen is fixed
no image stabilization
heavier than competitors (499 grams)
76
screen tilts
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Samsung NX11 Sports photography factors
Sony NEX-5 Sports photography factors
52
megapixel count decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
better than average battery power (400 shots)
painfully slow continuous shooting (3.0 fps)
no image stabilization
lack of phase detect auto focus
52
MP count decent (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
no image stabilization
no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Samsung NX11 Travel photography details
Sony NEX-5 Travel photography details
63
better than average battery power (400 per charge)
megapixel count decent (15MP)
has built in flash
lack of Time Lapse function
heavier than competitors (499g)
screen is not selfie friendly
59
MP count decent (14 megapixels)
lack of Time Lapse mode
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Samsung NX11
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-5
68
has manual focus
swap lenses (Samsung NX mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (15 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (400 per charge)
no image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse function
68
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
MP count decent (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
no image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Samsung NX11 Vlogging info
Sony NEX-5 Vlogging info
24
provides face detect focus
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
video res low (1280 x 720 pxls)
lack of mic support
heavier than competitors (499 grams)
28
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
lack of mic port
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Samsung NX11 vs Sony NEX-5 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Samsung NX11 and Sony NEX-5
 Samsung NX11Sony Alpha NEX-5
General Information
Brand Name Samsung Sony
Model type Samsung NX11 Sony Alpha NEX-5
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Released 2010-12-28 2010-06-07
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip DRIM Engine Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 365.0mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 15MP 14MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4592 x 3056 4592 x 3056
Maximum native ISO 3200 12800
Minimum native ISO 100 200
RAW photos
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Autofocus multi area
Autofocus live view
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 15 25
Lens
Lens support Samsung NX Sony E
Total lenses 32 121
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Screen type Fixed Type Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 614k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Screen technology Active Matrix OLED screen -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic None
Viewfinder coverage 100 percent -
Viewfinder magnification 0.57x -
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30s 30s
Highest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shooting speed 3.0fps 7.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 11.00 m 12.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Fill-in, 1st/2nd Curtain, Smart Flash, Manual Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/180s 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Video resolutions 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps), 320 x 240 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1280x720 1920x1080
Video format H.264 AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None None
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 499g (1.10 lb) 287g (0.63 lb)
Dimensions 123 x 87 x 40mm (4.8" x 3.4" x 1.6") 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 63 69
DXO Color Depth rating 22.7 22.2
DXO Dynamic range rating 10.8 12.2
DXO Low light rating 553 796
Other
Battery life 400 pictures 330 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID BP1130 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 sec to 30 sec) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Type of storage SD/SDHC SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 1 1
Launch price $626 $599