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

Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony NEX 5N

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

51

Sony NEX-5N

47

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 T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$350 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Weight Lighter
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$435 - $649 body only

$535 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay Less startup delay
Color depth Worse color depth
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$390 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
Battery life Longer battery life
Screen size Much smaller screen

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony NEX 5R

Sony NEX 5R

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$499 body only

$806 with 18-55mm lens

Focus points More focus points
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$447 body only

$365 - $379 with 16-50mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 - $548 body only

$547 - $648 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Touch screen No touch screen

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...