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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX10

Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
58
Overall
55
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10 front
Portability
95
Imaging
39
Features
38
Overall
38

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX10 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
  • Renewed by Sony NEX-5N
Sony WX10
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 2.8" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 3200
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 24-168mm (F2.4-5.9) lens
  • 161g - 95 x 54 x 23mm
  • Revealed January 2011
Photography Glossary

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX10 Overview

Lets look more closely at the Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX10, former is a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both are designed by Sony. The sensor resolution of the NEX-5 (14MP) and the WX10 (16MP) is very similar but the NEX-5 (APS-C) and WX10 (1/2.3") provide different sensor size.

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The NEX-5 was revealed 7 months before the WX10 and they are of a similar age. Each of the cameras feature different body design with the Sony NEX-5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony WX10 being a Compact camera.

Before diving straight to a step-by-step comparison, here is a quick summation of how the NEX-5 scores vs the WX10 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5 over the Sony WX10

 NEX-5 WX10 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display
Display size3"2.8"Larger display (+0.2")
Display resolution920k460kClearer display (+460k dot)

Reasons to pick Sony WX10 over the Sony NEX-5

 WX10 NEX-5 
RevealedJanuary 2011June 2010More modern by 7 months

Common features in the Sony NEX-5 and Sony WX10

 NEX-5 WX10 
Manually focus Very precise focus
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Lack of Touch friendly display

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX10 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is planning to carry around your camera, you'll need to factor its weight and dimensions. The Sony NEX-5 features external measurements of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") with a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs) while the Sony WX10 has dimensions of 95mm x 54mm x 23mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9") having a weight of 161 grams (0.35 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an ILC will differ based on the lens you are utilizing at that time. Here is a front view measurement comparison of the NEX-5 against the WX10.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX10 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the NEX-5 and WX10 is 89 and 95 respectively.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX10 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX10 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it is very difficult to visualize the gap between sensor sizes simply by reviewing specs. The picture here might give you a much better sense of the sensor sizing in the NEX-5 and WX10.

As you can plainly see, each of the cameras come with different megapixels and different sensor sizes. The NEX-5 using its larger sensor is going to make achieving shallow DOF less difficult and the Sony WX10 will offer you extra detail because of its extra 2 Megapixels. Greater resolution can also allow you to crop photos a good deal more aggressively. The more aged NEX-5 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX10 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX10 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX10 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-5 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony WX10 as a Portrait photography camera
72
has manual focus
good MP (14 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
39
manual focus
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
no external flash support
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-5 as a Street photography camera
Sony WX10 as a Street photography camera
76
tilting screen
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
57
has image stabilization (Optical)
no moving screen
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Sports photography information
Sony WX10 Sports photography information
52
good MP (14 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect AF
39
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
lack of shutter priority mode
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5 as a Travel photography camera
Sony WX10 as a Travel photography camera
59
good MP (14MP)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
65
decent megapixels (16MP)
flash built-in
reasonably wide (24mm)
missing Timelapse recording
screen isn't selfie friendly
slow max aperture (f2.4)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Landscape photography info
Sony WX10 Landscape photography info
68
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is good (3 inch)
good MP (14MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse mode
50
manual focus
reasonably wide (24mm)
screen size is decent (2.8")
has image stabilization (Optical)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
fixed lens (fixed lens mount)
slow max aperture (f2.4)
sensor is tiny (1/2.3")
has no RAW files
missing Timelapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Vlogging with Sony NEX-5
Vlogging with Sony WX10
28
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't contain selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have external microphone port
32
reasonably wide (24mm)
has image stabilization (Optical)
great video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
slow max aperture (f2.4)
screen isn't selfie friendly
missing microphone socket
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX10 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5 and Sony WX10
 Sony Alpha NEX-5Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10
General Information
Brand Name Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha NEX-5 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX10
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Released 2010-06-07 2011-01-06
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Bionz BIONZ
Sensor type CMOS BSI-CMOS
Sensor size APS-C 1/2.3"
Sensor measurements 23.4 x 15.6mm 6.17 x 4.55mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 4:3 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4592 x 3056 4608 x 3456
Maximum native ISO 12800 3200
Lowest native ISO 200 100
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
Tracking AF
AF selectice
AF center weighted
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detection focusing
Contract detection focusing
Phase detection focusing
Number of focus points 25 9
Lens
Lens mounting type Sony E fixed lens
Lens focal range - 24-168mm (7.0x)
Maximal aperture - f/2.4-5.9
Macro focus range - 5cm
Total lenses 121 -
Crop factor 1.5 5.8
Screen
Type of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 2.8"
Resolution of screen 920 thousand dots 460 thousand dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech - Clear Photo LCD Plus
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/1600 seconds
Continuous shooting rate 7.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m 7.10 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash synchronize 1/160 seconds -
Exposure
Multisegment
Average
Spot
Partial
AF area
Center weighted
Video features
Supported 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), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone port
Headphone port
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 sealing
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 287g (0.63 lbs) 161g (0.35 lbs)
Physical dimensions 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") 95 x 54 x 23mm (3.7" x 2.1" x 0.9")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 69 not tested
DXO Color Depth score 22.2 not tested
DXO Dynamic range score 12.2 not tested
DXO Low light score 796 not tested
Other
Battery life 330 photos -
Form of battery Battery Pack -
Battery model NPFW50 NP-BG1
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Price at launch $599 $200