Crazy Comparison – Sony NEX-5n and Leica M9 Image Quality!
Ok everyone, here it is! You know I have been shooting the Sony NEX-5n with my Leica 50 Lux ASPH via an adapter but I also have been shooting with my M9P as well. You all know I LOVE MY LEICA M9P and I will be the first to say it right now, the Sony NEX-5n feels like a toy in comparison when held in the hand. There is nothing quite like the feel of the M9 and this “Crazy Comparison” will be based ONLY on image quality of the out of camera JPEGS. Why no RAW? Well, there is no real support for the NEX-5n RAW files yet and I only use Lightroom and Photoshop these days.
Also, all of us M9 users know that it’s weak link is its JPEG output and it shines with RAW, so this comparison is basically just to give an idea of what the output of both cameras are with JPEGS and to also show the difference between a full frame sensor and crop sensor. The M9 beats the NEX-5n in every way, make no mistake! The body, the build, the simplicity, the control, and the full frame sensor takes advantage of the glass and exploits its full qualities.
Keep in mind though, for all of the differences in build, size, and control the NEX-5n is 10X less expensive and the image output is not that far off at all from the M9. When there is full RAW support I expect the same thing really as the 5n’s JPEG output is VERY good so its RAW files will be even better.
So, can the 5n be called the poor mans Leica M9? In my opinion NO, because it is a totally different kind of camera. The M9 is a rangefinder and you shoot with it in a totally different style. So the NEX-5n will never give you the RF experience. The NEX-7 will bring y ou a step closer with a slightly larger body, more dials for manual controls, built in EVF, etc and in fact, The NEX-7 will be a game changer, mark my words! I feel something like a NEX-7 with Leica glass with not only be a joy to shoot, but also give better quality than an M8 with the same lenses. But, the 7 will also be a different experience than shooting an RF and if you are an RF person, and love to shoot an RF neither of the new Sonys will cut it.
Me, I see the 5n or even better the NEX-7 as a GREAT backup to the M8 or M9 and for those who do not want the “RF” experience, the 5n and the upcoming 7 will be fantastic options for those looking for a high quality body for their Leica glass. The Ricoh GXR is also coming but I feel the 7 will give a better user experience and even output though the GXR may pump out super sharp files due to lack of AA filter. I’m liking what I am seeing so far from the NEX and still am looking forward to the 7.
The quality in the 5n is there, and shooting with the EVF is quick and easy. See the full size comparison shots below:
1st up: The M9P and 50 Summilux ASPH at 1.4 – Out of camera JPEG, AWB. Click image for full size file.
2nd: The NEX-5n and 50 Summilux ASPH at 1.4 – out of camera JPEG – AWB – Click image for full size
The shot below is from the M9P, again with the 50 Summilux ASPH.
and the 5n and Summilux
and one for fun with different lenses – Leica M9P and 50 SUMMITAR at f/2
and the NEX-5n with the 50 Lux at 1.4
Once again, the M9P is first – straight JPEG from camera – 50 1.4 at 1.4
and the 5n with 50 lux at 1.4
another one…1st up, Leica M9 and 50 Lux at 1.4
and the 5n with the lux at 1.4
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