Camera Rocket Review Our evaluation of 5N vs M

Image Quality

RAW image quality independent of lens

NEX 5N
9.3
EOS M
8.6
DxOMark Low light, DxOMark Color depth and DxOMark Dynamic range

Focusing

How fast and easily does the camera nail focus

NEX 5N
7.5
EOS M
5.8
Focus lag and focus points

Responsiveness

How much delay is there between you and your photo?

NEX 5N
8.6
EOS M
7.7
Focus lag, continuous shooting and Startup delay

Reviews

What do the experts think?

NEX 5N
9.1
EOS M
8.8
Reviews from sonyalpharumors.com, 1001noisycameras.com, techradar.com and 6 more

Camera Rocket Score

Image Quality, Focusing, Responsiveness and Reviews

NEX 5N
9.0
EOS M
8.3

Winner
Sony NEX 5N 

Camera Rocket recommends the Sony NEX 5N  based on its image quality, focusing, responsiveness and reviews.

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Benchmarks Real world tests of NEX 5N vs EOS M

Low light image quality Highest ISO setting that still achieves great image quality

NEX 5N
1,079 ISO
EOS M
827 ISO

Resolution Results from photos of standard resolution charts

NEX 5N
2,800 LPH
EOS M
2,400 LPH

Focus lag Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX 5N
235 ms
EOS M
742 ms

Shutter lag Delay to take a photo when prefocused

NEX 5N
115 ms
EOS M
51 ms

Startup delay Delay from power on to first photo

NEX 5N
1,900 ms
EOS M
2,700 ms

Continuous shooting Delay between fully pressing shutter to image capture

NEX 5N
10 fps
EOS M
4.3 fps

Features Key features of the NEX 5N  vs EOS M 

Megapixels Maximum resolution images are captured at

NEX 5N
16 MP
EOS M
17.9 MP

Max ISO Maximum light sensitivity of the sensor

NEX 5N
25,600 ISO
EOS M
25,600 ISO

Focus points How many different points the camera can focus on

NEX 5N
25
EOS M
31

Screen size Larger screens make it easier to preview and review photos

NEX 5N
3"
EOS M
3"

Pixel size How much area of the sensor is dedicated to each pixel

NEX 5N
22.8 microns
EOS M
18.5 microns

Reviews Word on the street

NEX 5N  vs EOS M 

8.5
8.0
While it looks almost identical to its predeccesor, faster focusing, less shutter lag, better video and stills, and an intuitive touchscreen interface are just some of the many improvements that have taken place under the hood, making this the best NEX camera and one of the best CSC's that we've reviewed.
NEX 5N

9.0
8.0
The control layout is much more akin to that of a compact camera than a digital SLR, with the main camera controls consisting of just two multi-function buttons, with a rotary-bezel D-pad for menu navigation and exposure adjustment.
NEX 5N

7.7
6.9
Video looks very good, with bright, saturated colors, relatively sharp edges, and with no rolling shutter or moiré, rock solid in 60p.
NEX 5N

8.0
7.0
On paper at least, the NEX range has a key advantage to draw in the photo enthusiast - namely its incorporation of APS-C CMOS sensors, a size match for those found in DSLRs.
NEX 5N

Overall

8.3 Out of 10
7.6 Out of 10

Specifications Full list of technical specs

sensor

NEX 5N  vs
EOS M 
Type CMOS CMOS
Megapixels 16 MP 17.9 MP
Resolution 4912 x 3264 5184 x 3456
Size APS-C APS-C
Area 23.4 x 15.6 mm 22.3 x 14.9 mm
Crop factor 1.5x 1.6x
Pixel size 22.8 microns 18.5 microns
Light sensitivity 100 ISO to 25,600 ISO 100 ISO to 12,800 ISO
Codecs
RAW
JPEG
Self cleaning sensor Yes Yes
Tested vertical resolution 2,800 LPH 2,400 LPH
Tested horizontal resolution 2,800 LPH 2,400 LPH

focus system

Type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Focus points 25 31
Supports continuous No Yes

viewfinder

Viewfinder mirror None None
Viewfinder No No
Type N/A N/A
Coverage N/A N/A
Magnification N/A N/A
Display type N/A N/A
Display resolution N/A N/A

performance

Max continuous shooting 10 fps 4.3 fps
Battery life 460 230
Continuous shooting
10 fps, JPEG
4.3 fps
Focus lag 235 ms 742 ms
Shutter lag 115 ms 51 ms
Startup delay 1,900 ms 2,700 ms

video

NEX 5N  vs
EOS M 
Video 1920 x 1080 @ 60 fps 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps (330 Mbps)
Shoots video in 24p Yes Yes
Shoots high speed video No No
External mic jack None 3.5mm
Autofocus while shooting video Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus type Contrast detection Contrast detection
Autofocus supports continuous Yes Yes

display

Type LCD LCD
Size 3" 3"
Resolution 920 k dots 1,040 k dots
Has a touch screen Yes Yes
Has a flip out screen Yes No
Supports live view Yes Yes

shutter

Min 30 s 30 s
Max 1/4000 s 1/4000 s

form factor

Size 111 x 59 x 38 mm 109 x 66 x 32 mm
Thickness 38 mm 32 mm
Weight 269 g 298 g
Is weather sealed No No

features

Includes a GPS No No
Supports HDR Yes Yes
Automatic panorama Yes No
Create realistic 3D images Yes No
Image stabilization
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