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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX70

Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
58
Overall
55
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front
 
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70 front
Portability
97
Imaging
39
Features
46
Overall
41

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX70 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
  • Updated by Sony NEX-5N
Sony WX70
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - 1/2.3" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 12800
  • Optical Image Stabilization
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • 25-125mm (F2.6-6.3) lens
  • 114g - 92 x 52 x 19mm
  • Revealed January 2012
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX70 Overview

Lets take a closer look at the Sony NEX-5 and Sony WX70, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Small Sensor Compact and both are sold by Sony. The resolution of the NEX-5 (14MP) and the WX70 (16MP) is very well matched but the NEX-5 (APS-C) and WX70 (1/2.3") posses different sensor dimensions.

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The NEX-5 was manufactured 20 months prior to the WX70 making them a generation apart from one another. The two cameras have different body design with the Sony NEX-5 being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony WX70 being a Compact camera.

Before going straight to a thorough comparison, here is a short summation of how the NEX-5 scores vs the WX70 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall rating.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5 over the Sony WX70

 NEX-5 WX70 
Manually focus More exact focusing
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Reasons to pick Sony WX70 over the Sony NEX-5

 WX70 NEX-5 
RevealedJanuary 2012June 2010Fresher by 20 months
Display resolution922k920kClearer display (+2k dot)
Touch friendly display Easily navigate

Common features in the Sony NEX-5 and Sony WX70

 NEX-5 WX70 
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display sizing
Selfie screen Absent selfie screen

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX70 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to carry your camera, you need to think about its weight and dimensions. The Sony NEX-5 has got physical measurements 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 WX70 has dimensions of 92mm x 52mm x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7") along with a weight of 114 grams (0.25 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ dependant on the lens you are utilizing at that moment. The following is a front view overall size comparison of the NEX-5 and the WX70.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX70 size comparison

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the NEX-5 and WX70 is 89 and 97 respectively.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX70 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX70 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be difficult to visualize the difference between sensor sizing just by checking a spec sheet. The visual underneath might offer you a more clear sense of the sensor sizing in the NEX-5 and WX70.

Clearly, each of the cameras provide different megapixel count and different sensor sizing. The NEX-5 due to its larger sensor is going to make getting shallow depth of field simpler and the Sony WX70 will resolve greater detail due to its extra 2MP. Greater resolution can also make it easier to crop photos more aggressively. The older NEX-5 is going to be disadvantaged when it comes to sensor innovation.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX70 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX70 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX70 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Portrait photography details
Sony WX70 Portrait photography details
72
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
34
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
offers face detection autofocus
no manual focus
manual mode not available
no external flash support
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony NEX-5
Street photography with Sony WX70
76
tilting screen
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lack of image stabilization
68
image stabilization (Optical)
offers focus via touch
lighter than competitors in class (114g)
screen does not articulate
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Sports photography features
Sony WX70 Sports photography features
52
decent megapixels (14MP)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
lack of image stabilization
lack of phase detect auto focus
44
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
offers tracking autofocus
lack of shutter priority mode
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks phase detect autofocus
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Travel photography info
Sony WX70 Travel photography info
59
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
doesn't have Timelapse mode
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
71
lighter than competitors in class (114 grams)
offers focus via touch
decent sensor resolution (16 megapixels)
flash built-in
pretty wide (25mm)
does not have Time Lapse mode
screen isn't selfie friendly
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Landscape photography advice
Sony WX70 Landscape photography advice
68
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is decent (3")
decent megapixels (14 megapixels)
sensor size is nice (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Timelapse mode
43
pretty wide (25mm)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
image stabilization (Optical)
decent sensor resolution (16MP)
no manual focus
lens is fixed (fixed lens mount)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
manual mode not available
very small sensor size (1/2.3")
lacks RAW files
does not have Time Lapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Vlogging advice
Sony WX70 Vlogging advice
28
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have microphone socket
36
pretty wide (25mm)
touch screen
image stabilization (Optical)
offers face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
lighter than competitors in class (114 grams)
somewhat slow max aperture (f2.6)
screen isn't selfie friendly
does not have external mic port
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony WX70 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5 and Sony WX70
 Sony Alpha NEX-5Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model Sony Alpha NEX-5 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX70
Class Entry-Level Mirrorless Small Sensor Compact
Released 2010-06-07 2012-01-30
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Compact
Sensor Information
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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 surface area 365.0mm² 28.1mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 16 megapixel
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 12800
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Autofocus touch
Autofocus continuous
Autofocus single
Tracking autofocus
Autofocus selectice
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Live view autofocus
Face detection autofocus
Contract detection autofocus
Phase detection autofocus
Number of focus points 25 -
Cross focus points - -
Lens
Lens mount Sony E fixed lens
Lens focal range - 25-125mm (5.0x)
Maximum aperture - f/2.6-6.3
Macro focus range - 5cm
Number of lenses 121 -
Focal length multiplier 1.5 5.8
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Fixed Type
Screen size 3" 3"
Screen resolution 920k dot 922k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch operation
Screen technology - XtraFine TFT LCD display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None None
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 4 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/1600 secs
Continuous shooting speed 7.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manual exposure
Exposure compensation Yes -
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 12.00 m 5.30 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Slow Sync
Hot shoe
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/160 secs -
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
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 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
Environmental seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 287 gr (0.63 lbs) 114 gr (0.25 lbs)
Physical dimensions 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") 92 x 52 x 19mm (3.6" x 2.0" x 0.7")
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 images 240 images
Style of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model NPFW50 NP-BN
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, Portrait 1/2)
Time lapse feature
Storage media 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
Storage slots 1 1
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