Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T4i vs Sony NEX-5R

Canon Rebel T3i

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

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Sony NEX-5N

53

Sony NEX-5N

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

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

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
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon T3i

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 9.5x more lenses available
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1500 ms vs 1900 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
True resolution
Higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Size
Significantly smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 133x99x79 mm
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4.2x 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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
77.0 vs 65.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3.7 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
Weight
Significantly lighter
269 g vs 570 g
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2.1x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.1"
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2.1x thinner
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
235 ms vs 283 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,079 ISO vs 793 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.4 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 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.00 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $200 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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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 flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              T3i:1,040k dots
              NEX-5N:920k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              T3i:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              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
              T3i:17.9 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 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

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $378 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $724 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $559 - $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

              $575 - $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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              Canon Rebel T3i Sony NEX-5N

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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...