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Sony NEX-5N vs Sony A77 II

Portability
89
Imaging
57
Features
69
Overall
61
Sony Alpha NEX-5N front
 
Sony SLT-A77 II front
Portability
62
Imaging
66
Features
85
Overall
73

Sony NEX-5N vs Sony A77 II Key Specs

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
  • Launched October 2011
  • Superseded the Sony NEX-5
  • Later Model is Sony NEX-5R
Sony A77 II
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 50 - 25600
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Maximum Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 647g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Introduced May 2014
  • Earlier Model is Sony A77
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Sony NEX-5N vs Sony A77 II Overview

Let's look a bit more in depth at the Sony NEX-5N and Sony A77 II, former being a Entry-Level Mirrorless while the latter is a Advanced DSLR and they are both manufactured by Sony. There exists a noticeable gap among the resolutions of the NEX-5N (16MP) and A77 II (24MP) but they feature the exact same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The NEX-5N was brought out 3 years prior to the A77 II and that is a fairly sizable difference as far as camera technology is concerned. The two cameras come with different body type with the Sony NEX-5N being a Rangefinder-style mirrorless camera and the Sony A77 II being a Mid-size SLR camera.

Before going through a more detailed comparison, below is a concise summation of how the NEX-5N grades vs the A77 II in the way of portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

Photography Glossary
	
	

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5N over the Sony A77 II

 NEX-5N A77 II 
Touch friendly screen Quickly navigate

Reasons to pick Sony A77 II over the Sony NEX-5N

 A77 II NEX-5N 
IntroducedMay 2014October 2011More recent by 32 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedTiltingFully Articulating screen
Screen resolution1229k920kCrisper screen (+309k dot)
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Sony NEX-5N and Sony A77 II

 NEX-5N A77 II 
Manually focus More accurate focusing
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement

Sony NEX-5N vs Sony A77 II Physical Comparison

If you are going to lug around your camera frequently, you will want to factor its weight and volume. The Sony NEX-5N features outside measurements of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 269 grams (0.59 lbs) while the Sony A77 II has sizing of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") along with a weight of 647 grams (1.43 lbs).

Analyze the Sony NEX-5N and Sony A77 II in our completely new Camera & Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Don't forget, the weight of an ILC will vary depending on the lens you have attached at that moment. Underneath is the front view dimensions comparison of the NEX-5N versus the A77 II.

Sony NEX-5N vs Sony A77 II size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability rating of the NEX-5N and A77 II is 89 and 62 respectively.

Sony NEX-5N vs Sony A77 II top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-5N vs Sony A77 II Sensor Comparison

Typically, it is very hard to envision the contrast in sensor measurements just by researching a spec sheet. The photograph underneath might give you a stronger sense of the sensor measurements in the NEX-5N and A77 II.

As you can see, each of these cameras posses the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same megapixels. You can count on the Sony A77 II to render greater detail having its extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution can also make it easier to crop shots somewhat more aggressively. The older NEX-5N will be disadvantaged in sensor tech.

Sony NEX-5N vs Sony A77 II sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-5N vs Sony A77 II Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-5N vs Sony A77 II Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-5N Portrait photography factors
Sony A77 II Portrait photography factors
74
manual focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
features face detection autofocus
exports RAW formats
79
has manual focus
resolution is good (24MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides face detect focusing
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony NEX-5N
Street photography with Sony A77 II
80
has a tilting screen
sensor size is good (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
has touch focus
above average ISO range (25,600)
no image stabilization
76
screen articulates fully
image stabilization (Sensor based)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
environment proof
good ISO range (25,600)
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5N Sports photography advice
Sony A77 II Sports photography advice
58
megapixel count decent (16 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
better than average battery power (460 per charge)
no image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect autofocus
76
maximum shutter speed is high (1/8,000 seconds)
image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
provides tracking focus
environment proof
comes with phase detect AF
not so great battery life (480 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5N Travel photography features
Sony A77 II Travel photography features
71
better than average battery power (460 shots)
has touch focus
megapixel count decent (16MP)
doesn't have Time Lapse function
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
64
environment proof
resolution is good (24MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly screen
lack of Time Lapse recording
not so great battery life (480 per charge)
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-5N Landscape photography highlights
Sony A77 II Landscape photography highlights
71
manual focus
change lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a decent size (3")
megapixel count decent (16MP)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
above average ISO range (25,600)
exports RAW formats
better than average battery power (460 per charge)
no image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse function
73
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
nice screen size (3")
image stabilization (Sensor based)
resolution is good (24 megapixels)
sensor size is good (APS-C)
good ISO range (25,600)
delivers RAW formats
environment proof
not so great battery life (480 per charge)
lack of Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-5N Vlogging features
Sony A77 II Vlogging features
33
screen is touchscreen
features face detection autofocus
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't posses selfie friendly screen
no image stabilization
doesn't have external mic socket
78
selfie friendly screen
image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does have mic jack
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Sony NEX-5N vs Sony A77 II Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5N and Sony A77 II
 Sony Alpha NEX-5NSony SLT-A77 II
General Information
Manufacturer Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha NEX-5N Sony SLT-A77 II
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced DSLR
Launched 2011-10-03 2014-05-21
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Bionz Bionz X
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Highest Possible resolution 4912 x 3264 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 25600 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 50
RAW data
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch to focus
AF continuous
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
AF center weighted
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 25 79
Cross type focus points - 15
Lens
Lens support Sony E Sony/Minolta Alpha
Available lenses 121 143
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Display type Tilting Fully Articulated
Display sizing 3" 3"
Resolution of display 920k dot 1,229k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Display technology Tilt Up 80°, Down 45° TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Electronic (optional) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359k dot
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per second 12.0 frames per second
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Change WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m 12.00 m (at ISO 100)
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Auto, fill, rear sync, slow sync
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
WB bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/160 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 30p), 1440 x 1080 (30p), 640 x 480 (30p)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD, XAVC S
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Built-In
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 269 grams (0.59 lb) 647 grams (1.43 lb)
Dimensions 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 77 82
DXO Color Depth rating 23.6 24.4
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.7 13.4
DXO Low light rating 1079 1013
Other
Battery life 460 shots 480 shots
Battery format Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NPFW50 NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes (Yes (2 or 12 sec))
Time lapse recording
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 One One
Price at release $550 $1,198