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
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 500 ms vs 1900 ms
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3.8x less delay when turning on
Battery life Much longer battery life 950 shots vs 460 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 120 ms vs 235 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 81.0 vs 77.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
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
        True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
        5D Mark III:22.1 MP
        NEX-5N:16 MP
        Color depth Good color depth Help
        5D Mark III:24 bits
        NEX-5N:23.6 bits
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        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
        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

        $1,698 - $2,298 body only

        $1,968 - $3,300 with 24-70mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly lower boost light sensitivity
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        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 much 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

        $1,668 - $1,899 body only

        $2,364 - $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

        $3,890 - $5,190 with 24-70mm 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

        $3,120 body only

        $3,519 with 24-105mm lens

        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Weight Lighter
        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

        $1,035 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 - $548 body only

        $598 - $599 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 Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $320 body only

        $450 with 16-50mm lens

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

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $494 - $748 body only

        $665 - $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

        $582 body only

        $598 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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