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

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,293 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x24.0mm
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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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
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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Battery life Much longer battery life 950 shots vs 460 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 500 ms vs 1900 ms
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3.8x less delay when turning on
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 156 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 7.5x more lenses available
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
Screen size Larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 22.1 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
Focus points More focus points 61 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 81.0 vs 77.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 120 ms vs 235 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
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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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
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
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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 $789.00 vs $3,399.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,610 cheaper (4.3x 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 Common Weaknesses
              Light sensitivity Extremely good maximum light sensitivity Help
              25,600 ISO
              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
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              5D Mark III:81.0
              NEX-5N:77.0
              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
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              5D Mark III:24 bits
              NEX-5N:23.6 bits
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              5D Mark III:22.1 MP
              NEX-5N:16 MP
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              5D Mark III:$3,399.00
              NEX-5N:$789.00
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              $1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much lower boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III Competitors

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              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,663 - $1,899 body only

              $2,357 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Size Smaller
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,300 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,662 body only

              $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Cross type focus points Many fewer cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $508 body only

              $1,218 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $1,299 with 18-200mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $565 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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