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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5N

Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
58
Overall
55
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-5N front
Portability
89
Imaging
57
Features
69
Overall
61

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5N Key Specs

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
  • Revealed June 2010
  • Refreshed by Sony NEX-5N
Sony NEX-5N
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 269g - 111 x 59 x 38mm
  • Revealed October 2011
  • Replaced the Sony NEX-5
  • Updated by Sony NEX-5R
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5N Overview

The following is a in-depth comparison of the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-5N, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both of them are designed by Sony. The sensor resolution of the NEX-5 (14MP) and the NEX-5N (16MP) is pretty comparable and they use the exact same sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The NEX-5 was launched 16 months prior to the NEX-5N which makes the cameras a generation away from one another. Both of these cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before delving in to a full comparison, below is a simple overview of how the NEX-5 scores against the NEX-5N with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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

 NEX-5 NEX-5N 

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

 NEX-5N NEX-5 
RevealedOctober 2011June 2010Newer by 16 months
Touch screen Quickly navigate

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

 NEX-5 NEX-5N 
Focus manually Dial exact focusing
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen dimensions
Screen resolution920k920kThe same screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither contains selfie screen

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5N Physical Comparison

In case you're going to travel with your camera frequently, you are going to need to take into account its weight and volume. The Sony NEX-5 has got outside measurements of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") and a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs) while the Sony NEX-5N has sizing of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") having a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs).

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Bear in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you select at that time. Underneath is the front view size comparison of the NEX-5 vs the NEX-5N.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5N size comparison

Looking at dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the NEX-5 and NEX-5N is 89 and 89 respectively.

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

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5N Sensor Comparison

More often than not, it is very tough to envision the difference in sensor dimensions merely by checking out specifications. The pic here will provide you a greater sense of the sensor measurements in the NEX-5 and NEX-5N.

Plainly, each of the cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same MP. You should expect the Sony NEX-5N to produce extra detail utilizing its extra 2 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop pictures somewhat more aggressively. The more aged NEX-5 will be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

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

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

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

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Portrait photography features
Sony NEX-5N Portrait photography features
72
manual focus
decent MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
74
you can focus manually
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
comes with face detect autofocus
saves RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Street photography details
Sony NEX-5N Street photography details
76
tilting screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
80
screen tilts up and down
nice sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
boasts touch to focus
very good high ISO (25,600)
does not have image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Sports photography information
Sony NEX-5N Sports photography information
52
decent MP (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect auto focus
58
good megapixels (16MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
great battery (460 per charge)
does not have image stabilization
has no phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Travel photography details
Sony NEX-5N Travel photography details
59
decent MP (14 megapixels)
lack of Timelapse function
does not have a selfie friendly screen
71
great battery (460 CIPA)
boasts touch to focus
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
missing Time Lapse function
doesn't have selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony NEX-5
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-5N
68
manual focus
change lenses (Sony E mount)
pretty good screen size (3 inch)
decent MP (14MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
lack of Timelapse function
71
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inches)
good megapixels (16 megapixels)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
saves RAW formats
great battery (460 shots)
does not have image stabilization
missing Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Vlogging advice
Sony NEX-5N Vlogging advice
28
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not have a selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
lack of external microphone socket
33
touchscreen functionality
comes with face detect autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly display
does not have image stabilization
missing mic port
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-5N Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-5N
 Sony Alpha NEX-5Sony Alpha NEX-5N
General Information
Company Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha NEX-5 Sony Alpha NEX-5N
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Revealed 2010-06-07 2011-10-03
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4592 x 3056 4912 x 3264
Maximum native ISO 12800 25600
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
AF continuous
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 25 25
Lens
Lens support Sony E Sony E
Available lenses 121 121
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Tilting Tilting
Display size 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 920k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display technology - Tilt Up 80°, Down 45° TFT LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic (optional)
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shooting speed 7.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 12.00 m 12.00 m
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External flash
AEB
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/160 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 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format AVCHD AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 287 gr (0.63 lbs) 269 gr (0.59 lbs)
Dimensions 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 69 77
DXO Color Depth rating 22.2 23.6
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.2 12.7
DXO Low light rating 796 1079
Other
Battery life 330 pictures 460 pictures
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NPFW50 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images))
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Price at launch $599 $550