Updated (August 2011): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony NEX-5N

Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony NEX 5N

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

55

Sony NEX-5N

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 5N

Overall image quality
Great image quality
77.0
Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Color depth
Great color depth
23.6 bits

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Canon Rebel T3i.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5N.

competitors

Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$317 - $649 body only

$376 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Weight Lighter
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$425 - $649 body only

$517 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay Less startup delay
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$349 body only

$399 - $420 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Weight Lighter
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$436 body only

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Lowest price Cheaper
Overall image quality Worse image quality
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$230 body only

$470 with 18-55mm lens

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Startup delay Less startup delay
Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Less startup delay
Lowest price Cheaper
Overall image quality Much worse image quality

discussion

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Confused (7:58 PM, December 10, 2013)
Not only did the NEX lose despite having more than twice as many advantages over the Rebel. In the "Reasons to buy" they gave Rebel the "autofocus while shooting video" when that was the NEX's advantage...
 
Picasso (2:28 AM, September 11, 2012)
What kind of ridiculous logic makes T3i the winner when NEX 5 seems to have several more advantages. Am I missing something here?
 
pinapple (10:15 AM, February 03, 2012)
How on earth is the canon the winner when the NEX beats it in almost every aspect...