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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony HX350

Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
58
Overall
55
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350 front
Portability
62
Imaging
47
Features
51
Overall
48

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony HX350 Key Specs

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
  • Released June 2010
  • New Model is Sony NEX-5N
Sony HX350
(Full Review)
  • 20MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 80 - 3200 (Bump to 12800)
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-1200mm (F2.8-6.3) lens
  • 652g - 130 x 93 x 103mm
  • Introduced December 2016
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony HX350 Overview

On this page, we will be contrasting the Sony NEX-5 and Sony HX350, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Small Sensor Superzoom and both of them are offered by Sony. There is a substantial difference between the resolutions of the NEX-5 (14MP) and HX350 (20MP) and the NEX-5 (APS-C) and HX350 (1/2.3") have different sensor sizing.

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The NEX-5 was released 7 years prior to the HX350 which is quite a big difference as far as tech is concerned. Both of the cameras have different body design with the Sony NEX-5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony HX350 being a SLR-like (bridge) camera.

Before going into a step-by-step comparison, here is a brief view of how the NEX-5 grades against the HX350 for portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

Photography Glossary
	
	

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5 over the Sony HX350

 NEX-5 HX350 

Reasons to pick Sony HX350 over the Sony NEX-5

 HX350 NEX-5 
IntroducedDecember 2016June 2010Newer by 79 months
Screen resolution922k920kClearer screen (+2k dot)

Common features in the Sony NEX-5 and Sony HX350

 NEX-5 HX350 
Manual focus Very accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen dimensions3"3"Equal screen measurement
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen
Touch friendly screen Neither offers Touch friendly screen

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony HX350 Physical Comparison

If you are going to travel with your camera frequently, you'll have to factor in its weight and measurements. The Sony NEX-5 offers physical dimensions of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") having a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs) whilst the Sony HX350 has proportions of 130mm x 93mm x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1") accompanied by a weight of 652 grams (1.44 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an ILC will vary dependant on the lens you choose at the time. Following is a front view physical size comparison of the NEX-5 versus the HX350.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony HX350 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability score of the NEX-5 and HX350 is 89 and 62 respectively.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony HX350 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony HX350 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it is tough to visualize the difference between sensor dimensions just by going over a spec sheet. The picture below should offer you a better sense of the sensor sizes in the NEX-5 and HX350.

Clearly, both the cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor dimensions. The NEX-5 due to its bigger sensor is going to make getting shallow DOF less difficult and the Sony HX350 will offer more detail as a result of its extra 6MP. Higher resolution will also let you crop pictures more aggressively. The more aged NEX-5 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony HX350 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony HX350 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony HX350 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-5 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony HX350 as a Portrait photography camera
72
focusing manually
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
48
you can focus manually
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
provides face detection focus
cannot use external flash
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Street photography info
Sony HX350 Street photography info
76
has a tilting screen
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
50
screen tilts up and down
image stabilization (Optical)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
heavier than average (652 grams)
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Sports photography features
Sony HX350 Sports photography features
52
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect auto focus
53
amazing zoom range (24-1200mm 50.0 x zoom)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5 as a Travel photography camera
Sony HX350 as a Travel photography camera
59
decent sensor resolution (14 megapixels)
missing Time Lapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
54
MP count decent (20MP)
built-in flash
really wide (24mm)
great reach (1200mm)
does not have Time Lapse recording
heavier than average (652g)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Landscape photography highlights
Sony HX350 Landscape photography highlights
68
focusing manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
missing Time Lapse recording
50
you can focus manually
really wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
image stabilization (Optical)
MP count decent (20 megapixels)
can't swap lenses (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
tiny sensor size (1/2.3")
does not have RAW files
does not have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Vlogging factors
Sony HX350 Vlogging factors
28
video res high (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen isn't selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
missing mic jack
27
really wide (24mm)
image stabilization (Optical)
provides face detection focus
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
somewhat slow maximum aperture (f2.8)
does not feature selfie friendly screen
does not have external mic port
heavier than average (652g)
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony HX350 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5 and Sony HX350
 Sony Alpha NEX-5Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha NEX-5 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX350
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Superzoom
Released 2010-06-07 2016-12-20
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless SLR-like (bridge)
Sensor Information
Chip Bionz BIONZ X
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor area 365.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 20MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 1:1, 4:3, 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4592 x 3056 5184 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 12800 3200
Maximum enhanced ISO - 12800
Min native ISO 200 80
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Continuous autofocus
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Autofocus selectice
Autofocus center weighted
Autofocus multi area
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Total focus points 25 -
Lens
Lens support Sony E fixed lens
Lens zoom range - 24-1200mm (50.0x)
Highest aperture - f/2.8-6.3
Macro focusing distance - 1cm
Amount of lenses 121 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen
Screen type Tilting Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Screen resolution 920k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder None Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 202k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 10.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change white balance
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m 8.50 m (at Auto ISO)
Flash settings Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Off, auto, fill, slow sync, advanced, rear sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/160s -
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
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format AVCHD MPEG-4, 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 None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 287 gr (0.63 pounds) 652 gr (1.44 pounds)
Physical dimensions 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") 130 x 93 x 103mm (5.1" x 3.7" x 4.1")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 69 not tested
DXO Color Depth rating 22.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.2 not tested
DXO Low light rating 796 not tested
Other
Battery life 330 shots 300 shots
Type of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NPFW50 -
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, portrait)
Time lapse feature
Type of storage SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC + Memory Stick Pro Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $599 -