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

Canon Rebel T3i

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

87

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Sony NEX-5N

53

Sony NEX-5N

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T3i

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
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
 
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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
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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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              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 - $517 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

              $378 - $400 body only

              $458 - $669 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
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Canon Rebel T3i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 - $699 body only

              $399 - $499 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 T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              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
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $599 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

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 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 NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 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 Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $700 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 NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $431 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

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              Canon Rebel T3i Sony NEX-5N

              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...