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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Sony Alpha NEX-5 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)

Sony Alpha NEX-5 (with 18-55mm lens, Black)
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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
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Price $525 at 1 store $499 at 1 store $599 to $1,094 at 8 stores $1,175 at 1 store $683 to $749 at 9 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)
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.7 (3.5 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 4.5 stars out of 4 reviews 4.0 stars out of 4 reviews 5.0 stars out of 5 reviews 4.0 stars out of 20 reviews 4.5 stars out of 1 review
Release date September 01, 2011 October 01, 2011 September 05, 2012 July 15, 2010 June 26, 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. For a lot of people, the excellent high-sensitivity photo quality, competitive performance, and an ultracompact body will likely outweigh the Sony Alpha NEX-5's quirks and operational annoyances. The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II's combination of looks, speed, flexibility, and photo quality makes it a great choice for enthusiasts who can afford the price tag.

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Type LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
LCD display - 3 in
LCD display - TFT active matrix - 3 in - Color
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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
4.4 in x 1.5 in x 2.3 in
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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
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Optical sensor type Exmor APS HD CMOS
High Speed AF CMOS
Exmor APS HD CMOS
Exmor APS HD CMOS
Exmor R 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 200-12800
ISO auto (200-1600)
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Digital zoom Info unavailable Info unavailable 4 x
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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 -
AVCHD - 1920 x 1080 -
MPEG-4 - 1440 x 1080 -
MPEG-4 - 640 x 480 -
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Battery technology Lithium ion
Lithium ion
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Weight 7.4 oz
8.3 oz
10.1 oz
8.1 oz
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Product Type Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Digital camera - Mirrorless system
Digital camera - Mirrorless system
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