Meet the NEX-5, with its impressive score in our comparison database this model is among the most popular mirrorless cameras today. This time around though, it has a worthy rival that might challenge its place, reading our overall final scores could be enough to prove it.
In the final score the X100 shows a 4 point advantage over the NEX-5, it outperforms Sony’s camera in all the tested fields (Portrait and Landscape).
This is the test field where the X100 is noticeably better than the NEX-5:
With a 1005 ISO which is 1/3 EV better than the NEX-5 we obtain a remarkably good performance.
Let us remember that in this very field the NEX-5 had a clear advantage over micro 4/3.
This makes the X100 the best mirrorless in terms of low-light performance.
On the SNR metrics arena, the results are good and they give a slight advantage to the X100, but in this case the gap between the two cameras is narrow.
In this field the two cameras behave very closely and trying to find a clear distinction is not easy. At ISO 200 however, the NEX-5 has a tiny advantage over the X100. Globally speaking, we can say both sensors behave similarly.
The metrics are clear: the NEX-5 was a great performer, but the X100 is at least as good, and often a bit better. Less noise, better color performance, and much better high ISO behavior make the difference.