Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Canon EOS 5D Mark III vs Sony NEX-5R

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Winner
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

90

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Sony NEX-5N

53

Sony NEX-5N

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Large sensor
Sensor size
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
Many cross-type focus points
Cross type focus points
41
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
102,400 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

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Advantages of the Canon 5D Mark III

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
500 ms vs 1900 ms
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3.8x less delay when turning on
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
156 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 7.5x more lenses available
Battery life
Much longer battery life
950 shots vs 460 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
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The 5D Mark III has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the NEX-5N
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
22.3 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 40% more detail in your photos
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
120 ms vs 235 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 77.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Focus points
More focus points
61 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Size
Much smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 152x116x76 mm
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5.4x smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Weight
Much lighter
269 g vs 950 g
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3.5x lighter
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$299.00 vs $2,954.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,655 cheaper (9.9x less)
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3"
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2x thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              5D Mark III:1,040k dots
              NEX-5N:920k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              5D Mark III:Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
              NEX-5N:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              5D Mark III:22.3 MP
              NEX-5N:16 MP
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              5D Mark III:24 bits
              NEX-5N:23.6 bits
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              25,600 ISO
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Smaller
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,149 - $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 - $3,297 body only

              $4,590 - $4,890 with 24-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Weight Lighter
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Cross type focus points Significantly fewer cross-type focus points

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $549 - $630 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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