Are you looking for the best camera to suit your needs? Due to a wide range of options, making a wise and weighted decision can be rather challenging. Which specs to keep in mind? What are the key pros and cons of each model? This comparison should give some helpful hints!
In this overview, we are going to take a look at two different camera models that fall into different categories: the first model we are about to review, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 is a camera from Small Sensor Compact category. It features BSI-CMOS sensor with a resolution of 16.0 MP. The second model we are looking at, Sony Alpha NEX-5N, falls into a Entry-Level Mirrorless category and it is equipped with CMOS sensor that has a resolution of 16.0 MP.
Without a doubt, these two categories have a few considerable distinctive features. However, it is worth saying that cameras from Compact category create serious competition to models that fall into MirrorLess category. Such an intense competition between these two categories is explained by the significant advantages of cameras from the first category in terms of size and weight. In addition, thanks to the latest enhancement, this type of cameras come with increased focus speeds. This fact makes our comparison overview even more exciting.
Now, before we can move on to our comparison, let's take a moment to look at the key characteristics of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Sony Alpha NEX-5N.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 Key Features:
Sony Alpha NEX-5N Key Features:
|Image Stabilization||Yes vs No||All lenses are stabilized|
|Built-In Flash||Yes vs No||All the lenses are stabilized|
|Weight||117 g vs 269 g||152 g lighter|
|Wireless Connectivity||Eye-Fi Connected vs No||Better connectivity|
|Sensor Area||365.04 mm2 vs 28.07 mm2||92.3% larger pixel area|
|Raw Support||Yes vs No||Better image quality|
|Manual Exposure Mode||Yes vs No||Has Manual Exposure Mode|
|Flash Range||12 vs 5.3||6.7 better flash range|
|External Flash||Yes vs No||Connect off-camera flash|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/4000 vs 1/1600||Faster shutter speed|
|Screen Size||3″ vs 2.7″||0.3" larger screen|
|Screen Resolution||920k dots vs 461k dots||49.9% higher resolution screen|
|Touch Screen||Yes vs No||Easy control of camera functions|
|Battery Life||460 shots vs 240 shots||220 more frames with a single charge|
|AutoFocus Face Detection||Yes | Yes||Very handy for portraits|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps | 10.0 fps||Nice continuous shooting|
|Screen Resolution||461k dots | 920k dots||Small screen resolution|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP | 16.0 MP||Small sensor resolution|
|Microphone Port||No | No||No microphone port|
|Headphone Port||No | No||No headphone port|
|Timelapse Recording||No | No||No timelapse recording|
|Bracketing||No | No||No AE bracketing|
|Environmental Sealing||No | No||No environmental sealing|
Before heading straight to the technical characteristics of each model, let’s start with comparing their physical specs. Let’s start with looking at the physical difference of the two products. Below are images that clearly show the sizes of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Sony Alpha NEX-5N from the front view.
Now, let’s go on and see how the reviewed models are different or similar by the top view.
After looking at these images, you should get a clear idea of each model’s dimensions and how they are different from each other. However, we are not going to stop there. The next characteristic worth looking at is the weight. Of course, not every photographer is concerned about the weight, for example, it wouldn't be a decisive point for those who shoot in a studio. However, it is still an important factor because if you happen to go on a long photo session or just love having the camera with you wherever you go, you want to be sure that the chosen model isn't too heavy.
Speaking of weight, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 is a lighter option of these two, as it weights 152g less than the Sony Alpha NEX-5N. This difference, in fact, can become a significant disadvantage for the photographers, who prefer to have their cameras with them wherever they go.
Sensor is, without a doubt, the most significant element of every digital camera. Its type, size, and resolution are the factors that define the quality of future shots. Thus, it is barely possible to pick a suitable camera without looking at these specs.
Are Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Sony Alpha NEX-5N any different in terms of sensor type?
Take a look below to find the comparison of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Sony Alpha NEX-5N by the size of their sensors.
One more distinctive feature of compared models is the sensor size. Sony Alpha NEX-5N is equipped with a sensor that is 0.1x larger than the one featured in Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50. Compared to the cameras with smaller sensor area, the ones with larger sensors ensure more control on the blurry background and depth of field if you shoot in the same aperture and focal length. Thus, the first model has a significant advantage here.
In terms of sensor size, both Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Sony Alpha NEX-5N feature similar sensors. Thus, none of these models can boast of a significant advantage over the other. Both cameras should deliver about the same control over the depth of field if they are used with the same aperture and focal length.
If you are interested in photography or has made a career in this field, you should know that different types of shooting actually require different camera characteristics. While one model can produce outstanding portraits, at the same time, it can be terrible for shooting landscapes, and so on. Thus, before you purchase a specific camera, it is vital to decide, which type of shooting you do most often and consider an option that suits it the most.
This section of our comparison is devoted to the performance of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Sony Alpha NEX-5N in different fields of photography. Here we are going to look at the five main areas and evaluate how well each of the reviewed models performs in them. This will help you choose an option that suits your needs the most depending on your interest in one or several of these fields.
|Photography Type||Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50||Sony Alpha NEX-5N|
No Significant Advantages
No Significant Advantages
Hopefully, our detailed overview of these models has helped you consider all the main specs, pros and cons of each cameras. Maybe, after reading this comparison, some of you have already decided which option to opt for depending on your needs and preferences. However, if you are still wondering which option is a better choice, Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 or Sony Alpha NEX-5N, below you can see what scores each of them received in five different aspects. To wrap up, we have used our unique Decision Algorithm that assesses different camera models upon 63 different factors including their price, and, if possible, DxO Mark scores. This algorithm allows us to make our verdict more consistent and objective.
What is our final verdict? Based on our comparison and the final scores of Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50 and Sony Alpha NEX-5N here is what we can say in conclusion:
According all the factors that we considered in the process of comparing these two cameras, Sony Alpha NEX-5N deserves a higher Total Score than the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50. Thus, if you are choosing between these options, we would recommend you to choose the first model over the other one.
For better understanding of each model’s technical characteristics, find the detailed comparison below:
|Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX50||Sony Alpha NEX-5N|
|Model||Cyber-shot DSC-WX50||Alpha NEX-5N|
|Announced||Jan 30, 2012||Oct 03, 2011|
|Body Type||Compact||Rangefinder-style mirrorless|
|Sensor Dimensions||6.17 x 4.55 mm||23.4 x 15.6 mm|
|Sensor Area||28.07 mm2||365.04 mm2|
|Sensor Resolution||16.0 MP||16.0 MP|
|Max Image Resolution||4608 x 3456||4912 x 3264|
|Max Native ISO||12,800||25,600|
|Max Boosted ISO||n/a||n/a|
|Min Native ISO||100||100|
|Lens Mount||Fixed lens||Sony E|
|Number of Lenses||n/a||83|
|Focal Length Multiplier||n/a||1.5x|
|Macro Focus Range||5|
|AF Multi Area|
|AF Live View|
|AF Face Detection|
|AF Contrast Detection|
|AF Phase Detection|
|Number of Focus Points||n/a||25|
|Number of Cross Focus Points||0||n/a|
|Screen Type||Fixed Type||Tilting|
|Screen Resolution||461k dots||920k dots|
|ViewFinder Resolution||0k dots||0k dots|
|Min Shutter Speed||4 s||30 s|
|Max Shutter Speed||1/1600 s||1/4000 s|
|Continuous Shooting||10.0 fps||10.0 fps|
|Manual Exposure Mode|
|Custom White Balance|
|Flash Modes||Auto, Slow Sync||Auto, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in|
|Video Resolutions||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 1280 x 720 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)||1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)|
|Max Video Resolution||1920 x 1080||1920 x 1080|
|Video Formats||MPEG-4, AVCHD||AVCHD|
|USB||USB 2.0||USB 2.0|
|Weight||117 g||269 g|
|Physical Dimensions||92 x 52 x 19 mm||111 x 59 x 38 mm|
|Battery Life||240 shots||460 shots|
|Battery Type||Battery Pack||Battery Pack|
|Storage Type||SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Duo/Memory Stick Pro Duo, Memory Stick Pro-HG Duo||SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo|