Sony Alpha NEX-5N (Body Only, Black) comparison

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Sony Alpha NEX-6 (with 16-50mm PZ lens)

Sony Alpha NEX-6 (with 16-50mm PZ lens)
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Nikon D5200 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)

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Sony Alpha NEX-3N (with 16-50mm PZ lens, Black)

Sony Alpha NEX-3N (with 16-50mm PZ lens, Black)
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Price $598 at 1 store $693 at 1 store $499 to $898 at 4 stores $696 to $1,596 at 7 stores $335 to $398 at 2 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.5 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
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Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 4 reviews 4.0 stars out of 4 reviews 5.0 stars out of 5 reviews 5.0 stars out of 4 reviews 0 stars No reviews, write one!
Release date September 01, 2011 October 01, 2011 September 05, 2012 November 06, 2012 February 21, 2013
The Bottom Line An especially good option for people who want a relatively inexpensive ILC for shooting video, the Sony Alpha NEX-5N's photo quality's about the same as its cheaper sibling's. The Nikon 1 J1 is a fine camera, but there's nothing here that screams out "buy it" over similar competitors. It's also on the expensive side for a point-and-shoot upgrader, but has drawbacks for the more advanced user. The Sony Alpha NEX-6 delivers an as-yet-unbeatable package of image quality, performance, and design, even for its rather high price. The Nikon D5200 makes a great choice for family and vacation photographers.

Basic specs

Features See What's the Same or What's different
Type LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - 3 in
Dimensions (W x D x H) 4.4 in x 1.5 in x 2.3 in
4.2 in x 1.2 in x 2.4 in
4.7 in x 1.7 in x 2.6 in
5.1 in x 3.9 in x 3.1 in
4.3 in x 1.4 in x 2.4 in
Lens System Info unavailable 3 x x Zoom lens - 10 mm - 30 mm - F/3.5-5.6
3 x x Zoom lens - 16 mm - 50 mm - F/3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
3 x x Zoom lens - 18 mm - 55 mm - F/3.5-5.6 G ED II Nikon AF-S DX
3 x x Zoom lens - 16 mm - 50 mm - F/3.5-5.6 PZ OSS
Optical sensor type Exmor APS HD CMOS
High Speed AF CMOS
Exmor APS HD CMOS
CMOS
Exmor APS HD CMOS
Light sensitivity ISO auto (100-3200)
ISO 100-25600
ISO 6400
ISO 100-3200
ISO auto
ISO auto (100-3200)
ISO 100-25600
ISO 100-6400
ISO 12800
ISO 25600
ISO auto
ISO 100-16000
ISO auto (100-3200)
Digital zoom Info unavailable Info unavailable 4 x
Info unavailable 4 x
Video capture AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1440 x 1080 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 240 -
H.264 - 320 x 120 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1440 x 1080 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 1280 x 720 -
H.264 - 640 x 424 -
H.264 - 640 x 424 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
H.264 - 1440 x 1080 -
H.264 - 640 x 480 -
Battery technology Lithium ion
Lithium ion
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Weight 7.4 oz
8.3 oz
10.1 oz
17.8 oz
7.4 oz
Product Type Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Digital camera - SLR with Live View mode
with Movie recording
Digital camera - Mirrorless system
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