Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T3 vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

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Canon Rebel T3

44

Canon Rebel T3

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Great image quality
Overall image quality
77.0
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Really small
Size
Compact 111x59x38 mm
High ISO
Light sensitivity
25,600 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
300 ms startup delay
Battery life
Great battery life
700 shots
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

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Advantages of the Canon T3

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 9.5x more lenses available
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
300 ms vs 1900 ms
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6.3x less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
700 shots vs 460 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
Help
A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Size
Significantly smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 130x100x78 mm
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4.1x smaller
Overall image quality
Better image quality
77.0 vs 62.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
Help
Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 11 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 1.7 more bits of color
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.1"
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2.1x thinner
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
235 ms vs 309 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Sensor cleaning
Has a self cleaning sensor
Yes vs No
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Removes dust from the sensor automatically, avoiding spots in photos
Weight
Lighter
269 g vs 459 g
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More than 40% lighter
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO vs 755 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Focus points
More focus points
25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Sensor size
Slightly larger sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$299.00 vs $389.00
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The best price we've seen is $90 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              T3:APS-C 22.2x14.7mm
              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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Weight Heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $999 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $630 - $640 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

              $444 - $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 - $350 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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