Sony A9 II vs Sony NEX-5N

Sony Alpha A9 Mark II front
Sony Alpha NEX-5N front

Sony A9 II vs Sony NEX-5N Key Specs

Sony A9 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - Full frame Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 51200 (Increase to 204800)
  • Sensor based 5-axis Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 3840 x 2160 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 678g - 129 x 96 x 76mm
  • Introduced October 2019
  • Older Model is Sony A9
Sony NEX-5N
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 269g - 111 x 59 x 38mm
  • Released October 2011
  • Superseded the Sony NEX-5
  • Updated by Sony NEX-5R
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Sony A9 II vs Sony NEX-5N Overview

Lets look a little more in depth at the Sony A9 II versus Sony NEX-5N, former is a Pro Mirrorless while the other is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and they are both sold by Sony. There exists a sizable gap among the image resolutions of the A9 II (24MP) and NEX-5N (16MP) and the A9 II (Full frame) and NEX-5N (APS-C) boast totally different sensor dimensions.

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The A9 II was released 8 years after the NEX-5N which is a fairly significant difference as far as camera technology is concerned. Each of these cameras have different body design with the Sony A9 II being a SLR-style mirrorless camera and the Sony NEX-5N being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera.

Before diving straight to a in depth comparison, here is a brief summation of how the A9 II matches up against the NEX-5N with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony A9 II over the Sony NEX-5N

 A9 II NEX-5N 
ReleasedOctober 2019October 2011Newer by 98 months
Display resolution1440k920kClearer display (+520k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5N over the Sony A9 II

 NEX-5N A9 II 

Common features in the Sony A9 II and Sony NEX-5N

 A9 II NEX-5N 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Sony A9 II vs Sony NEX-5N Physical Comparison

When you are looking to travel with your camera often, you should factor in its weight and volume. The Sony A9 II comes with physical dimensions of 129mm x 96mm x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0") having a weight of 678 grams (1.49 lbs) and the Sony NEX-5N has sizing of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") and a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Remember, the weight of an ILC will differ dependant on the lens you have at that time. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the A9 II and the NEX-5N.

Sony A9 II vs Sony NEX-5N size comparison

Using dimensions and weight, the portability score of the A9 II and NEX-5N is 62 and 89 respectively.

Sony A9 II vs Sony NEX-5N top view buttons comparison

Sony A9 II vs Sony NEX-5N Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it's hard to envision the difference in sensor dimensions simply by viewing specs. The image below should provide you a more clear sense of the sensor dimensions in the A9 II and NEX-5N.

All in all, each of the cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor dimensions. The A9 II because of its larger sensor will make shooting shallower depth of field less difficult and the Sony A9 II will provide you with more detail as a result of its extra 8MP. Greater resolution will also make it easier to crop images more aggressively. The newer A9 II is going to have a benefit in sensor innovation.

Sony A9 II vs Sony NEX-5N sensor size comparison

Sony A9 II vs Sony NEX-5N Screen and ViewFinder

Sony A9 II vs Sony NEX-5N Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony A9 II Portrait photography details
Sony NEX-5N Portrait photography details
focusing manually
MP count good (24MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features face detection focusing
exports RAW files
focusing manually
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides face detection autofocus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony A9 II Street photography features
Sony NEX-5N Street photography features
has a tilting screen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
big sensor size (Full frame)
exports RAW files
features touch focus
weather sealing
very good high ISO (51,200)
screen tilts
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
offers focus via touch
good ISO range (25,600)
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony A9 II Sports photography highlights
Sony NEX-5N Sports photography highlights
high shutter speed (1/8,000 seconds)
quiet shooting (1/32,000 seconds)
max frames per second high (20.0 frames per second)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (24 megapixels)
big sensor size (Full frame)
features tracking autofocus
weather sealing
better than average battery power (690 per charge)
supports phase detect AF
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
great battery life (460 shots)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony A9 II Travel photography info
Sony NEX-5N Travel photography info
better than average battery power (690 CIPA)
weather sealing
connects via bluetooth
features touch focus
MP count good (24 megapixels)
display isn't selfie friendly
great battery life (460 per charge)
offers focus via touch
megapixel count decent (16MP)
lack of Time Lapse recording
does not have selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony A9 II
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-5N
focusing manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
MP count good (24MP)
big sensor size (Full frame)
very good high ISO (51,200)
exports RAW files
weather sealing
better than average battery power (690 per charge)
has double storage slots
focusing manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
great battery life (460 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony A9 II Vlogging info
Sony NEX-5N Vlogging info
has touchscreen
image stabilization (Sensor based 5-axis)
features face detection focusing
video res high (3840 x 2160 pixels)
comes with external microphone port
display isn't selfie friendly
screen is touchscreen
provides face detection autofocus
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
lack of external mic jack
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Sony A9 II vs Sony NEX-5N Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony A9 II and Sony NEX-5N
 Sony Alpha A9 Mark IISony Alpha NEX-5N
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha A9 Mark II Sony Alpha NEX-5N
Class Pro Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2019-10-03 2011-10-03
Body design SLR-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Chip BIONZ X Bionz
Sensor type BSI-CMOS CMOS
Sensor size Full frame APS-C
Sensor dimensions 35.6 x 23.8mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 847.3mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 24 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 6000 x 4000 4912 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 51200 25600
Maximum enhanced ISO 204800 -
Minimum native ISO 100 100
RAW files
Minimum enhanced ISO 50 -
Manual focusing
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 693 25
Lens support Sony E Sony E
Amount of lenses 121 121
Crop factor 1 1.5
Range of screen Tilting Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 1,440 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Touch function
Screen technology - Tilt Up 80°, Down 45° TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic Electronic (optional)
Viewfinder resolution 3,686 thousand dot -
Viewfinder coverage 100% -
Viewfinder magnification 0.78x -
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Fastest silent shutter speed 1/32000 seconds -
Continuous shutter speed 20.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash 12.00 m
Flash settings Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Slow Sync., Rear Sync., Red-eye reduction, Wireless, Hi-speed sync Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync - 1/160 seconds
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 3840 x 2160 @ 30p / 100 Mbps, XAVC S, MP4, 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 format MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264 AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
USB USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5 GBit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 678g (1.49 lbs) 269g (0.59 lbs)
Physical dimensions 129 x 96 x 76mm (5.1" x 3.8" x 3.0") 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating not tested 77
DXO Color Depth rating not tested 23.6
DXO Dynamic range rating not tested 12.7
DXO Low light rating not tested 1079
Battery life 690 photographs 460 photographs
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NP-FZ100 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs + continuous, 3 or 5 frames) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse shooting
Storage media Dual SD/SDHC/SDXC slots (UHS-II compatible) SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Two Single
Price at release $4,498 $550