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

Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony NEX 5N

Winner
Canon Rebel T3i

75

Sony NEX-5N

65

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

Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Thickness
Thin
1.5"

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

$295 - $549 body only

$350 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Weight Lighter
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$472 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Size Slightly smaller
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$469 - $649 body only

$539 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay Less startup delay

Sony NEX-5N Competitors

Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Built-in flash Built-in flash
Startup delay Less startup delay
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$444 - $448 body only

$525 - $548 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Touch screen No touch screen
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$395 with 16-50mm lens

Built-in flash Built-in flash
True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution 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...