Samsung NX300 vs. Sony Alpha NEX-5R

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Samsung NX300 Sony Alpha NEX-5R
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Megapixels
20.30
16.10
Max. image resolution
5472 x 3648
4912 x 3264

Sensor

Sensor type
CMOS
CMOS
Sensor size
23.5 x 15.7 mm
23.4 x 15.6 mm
Sensor resolution
5519 x 3679
4914 x 3276
Diagonal
28.26 mm
28.12 mm
Sensor size comparison
Sensor size is generally a good indicator of the quality of the camera. Sensors can vary greatly in size. As a general rule, the bigger the sensor, the better the image quality.

Bigger sensors are more effective because they have more surface area to capture light. An important factor when comparing digital cameras is also camera generation. Generally, newer sensors will outperform the older.

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Actual sensor size

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Samsung NX300 Sony Alpha NEX-5R
Surface area:
368.95 mm² vs 365.04 mm²
Difference: 3.91 mm² (1%)
NX300 sensor is slightly bigger than Alpha NEX-5R sensor (only 1% difference).
Pixel pitch
4.26 µm
4.76 µm
Pixel pitch tells you the distance from the center of one pixel (photosite) to the center of the next. It tells you how close the pixels are to each other.

The bigger the pixel pitch, the further apart they are and the bigger each pixel is. Bigger pixels tend to have better signal to noise ratio and greater dynamic range.
Difference: 0.5 µm (12%)
Pixel pitch of Alpha NEX-5R is approx. 12% higher than pixel pitch of NX300.
Pixel area
18.15 µm²
22.66 µm²
Pixel or photosite area affects how much light per pixel can be gathered. The larger it is the more light can be collected by a single pixel.

Larger pixels have the potential to collect more photons, resulting in greater dynamic range, while smaller pixels provide higher resolutions (more detail) for a given sensor size.
Relative pixel sizes:
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Pixel area difference: 4.51 µm² (25%)
A pixel on Sony Alpha NEX-5R sensor is approx. 25% bigger than a pixel on Samsung NX300.
Pixel density
5.52 MP/cm²
4.41 MP/cm²
Pixel density tells you how many million pixels fit or would fit in one square cm of the sensor.

Higher pixel density means smaller pixels and lower pixel density means larger pixels.
Difference: 1.11 µm (25%)
Samsung NX300 has approx. 25% higher pixel density than Sony Alpha NEX-5R.
To learn about the accuracy of these numbers, click here.

Specs

Samsung NX300
Sony Alpha NEX-5R
Crop factor
1.53
1.54
Total megapixels
21.60
16.70
Effective megapixels
20.30
16.10
Optical zoom
Digital zoom
Yes
No
ISO sensitivity
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, 6400, 12800, 25600
RAW
Manual focus
Normal focus range
Macro focus range
Focal length (35mm equiv.)
Aperture priority
Yes
Yes
Max. aperture
Max. aperture (35mm equiv.)
n/a
n/a
Metering
Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Multi, Center-weighted, Spot
Exposure compensation
±3 EV (in 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps)
±3 EV (in 1/3 EV steps)
Shutter priority
Yes
Yes
Min. shutter speed
30 sec
30 sec
Max. shutter speed
1/6000 sec
1/4000 sec
Built-in flash
External flash
Viewfinder
None
Electronic (optional)
White balance presets
7
6
Screen size
3.31"
3"
Screen resolution
768,000 dots
920,000 dots
Video capture
Max. video resolution
1920x1080 (60p/30p)
1920x1080 (60p/24p)
Storage types
SD/SDHC/SDXC
SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
USB
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
HDMI
Wireless
GPS
Battery
Lithium-Ion BP1130 battery
Lithium-Ion NPFW50 rechargeable battery
Weight
280 g
276 g
Dimensions
122 x 63.7 x 40.7 mm
111 x 59 x 39 mm
Year
2013
2012



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Diagonal

Diagonal is calculated by the use of Pythagorean theorem:
Diagonal =  w² + h²
where w = sensor width and h = sensor height

Samsung NX300 diagonal

w = 23.50 mm
h = 15.70 mm
Diagonal =  23.50² + 15.70²   = 28.26 mm

Sony Alpha NEX-5R diagonal

w = 23.40 mm
h = 15.60 mm
Diagonal =  23.40² + 15.60²   = 28.12 mm


Surface area

Surface area is calculated by multiplying the width and the height of a sensor.

NX300 sensor area

Width = 23.50 mm
Height = 15.70 mm

Surface area = 23.50 × 15.70 = 368.95 mm²

Alpha NEX-5R sensor area

Width = 23.40 mm
Height = 15.60 mm

Surface area = 23.40 × 15.60 = 365.04 mm²


Pixel pitch

Pixel pitch is the distance from the center of one pixel to the center of the next measured in micrometers (µm). It can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel pitch =   sensor width in mm  × 1000
sensor resolution width in pixels

NX300 pixel pitch

Sensor width = 23.50 mm
Sensor resolution width = 5519 pixels
Pixel pitch =   23.50  × 1000  = 4.26 µm
5519

Alpha NEX-5R pixel pitch

Sensor width = 23.40 mm
Sensor resolution width = 4914 pixels
Pixel pitch =   23.40  × 1000  = 4.76 µm
4914


Pixel area

The area of one pixel can be calculated by simply squaring the pixel pitch:
Pixel area = pixel pitch²

You could also divide sensor surface area with effective megapixels:
Pixel area =   sensor surface area in mm²
effective megapixels

NX300 pixel area

Pixel pitch = 4.26 µm

Pixel area = 4.26² = 18.15 µm²

Alpha NEX-5R pixel area

Pixel pitch = 4.76 µm

Pixel area = 4.76² = 22.66 µm²


Pixel density

Pixel density can be calculated with the following formula:
Pixel density =  ( sensor resolution width in pixels )² / 1000000
sensor width in cm

One could also use this formula:
Pixel density =   effective megapixels × 1000000  / 10000
sensor surface area in mm²

NX300 pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 5519 pixels
Sensor width = 2.35 cm

Pixel density = (5519 / 2.35)² / 1000000 = 5.52 MP/cm²

Alpha NEX-5R pixel density

Sensor resolution width = 4914 pixels
Sensor width = 2.34 cm

Pixel density = (4914 / 2.34)² / 1000000 = 4.41 MP/cm²


Sensor resolution

Sensor resolution is calculated from sensor size and effective megapixels. It's slightly higher than maximum (not interpolated) image resolution which is usually stated on camera specifications. Sensor resolution is used in pixel pitch, pixel area, and pixel density formula. For sake of simplicity, we're going to calculate it in 3 stages.

1. First we need to find the ratio between horizontal and vertical length by dividing the former with the latter (aspect ratio). It's usually 1.33 (4:3) or 1.5 (3:2), but not always.

2. With the ratio (r) known we can calculate the X from the formula below, where X is a vertical number of pixels:
(X × r) × X = effective megapixels × 1000000    →   
X =  effective megapixels × 1000000
r
3. To get sensor resolution we then multiply X with the corresponding ratio:

Resolution horizontal: X × r
Resolution vertical: X

NX300 sensor resolution

Sensor width = 23.50 mm
Sensor height = 15.70 mm
Effective megapixels = 20.30
r = 23.50/15.70 = 1.5
X =  20.30 × 1000000  = 3679
1.5
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 3679 × 1.5 = 5519
Resolution vertical: X = 3679

Sensor resolution = 5519 x 3679

Alpha NEX-5R sensor resolution

Sensor width = 23.40 mm
Sensor height = 15.60 mm
Effective megapixels = 16.10
r = 23.40/15.60 = 1.5
X =  16.10 × 1000000  = 3276
1.5
Resolution horizontal: X × r = 3276 × 1.5 = 4914
Resolution vertical: X = 3276

Sensor resolution = 4914 x 3276


Crop factor

Crop factor or focal length multiplier is calculated by dividing the diagonal of 35 mm film (43.27 mm) with the diagonal of the sensor.
Crop factor =   43.27 mm
sensor diagonal in mm


NX300 crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 28.26 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 1.53
28.26

Alpha NEX-5R crop factor

Sensor diagonal in mm = 28.12 mm
Crop factor =   43.27  = 1.54
28.12

35 mm equivalent aperture

Equivalent aperture (in 135 film terms) is calculated by multiplying lens aperture with crop factor (a.k.a. focal length multiplier).

NX300 equivalent aperture

Aperture is a lens characteristic, so it's calculated only for fixed lens cameras. If you want to know the equivalent aperture for Samsung NX300, take the aperture of the lens you're using and multiply it with crop factor.

Crop factor for Samsung NX300 is 1.53

Alpha NEX-5R equivalent aperture

Aperture is a lens characteristic, so it's calculated only for fixed lens cameras. If you want to know the equivalent aperture for Sony Alpha NEX-5R, take the aperture of the lens you're using and multiply it with crop factor.

Crop factor for Sony Alpha NEX-5R is 1.54

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