Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Canon Rebel T3i vs Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-5N

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Sony NEX-5N

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Canon EOS Rebel T2i

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Canon Rebel T2i

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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
 

Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
197 lenses
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T2i

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability Much more lenses available 197 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 9.5x more lenses available
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 400 ms vs 1900 ms
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4.8x less delay when turning on
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 920k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $545.51 vs $789.00
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The best price we've seen is $243 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Size Significantly smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 129x98x62 mm
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3.1x smaller
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Overall image quality Better image quality 77.0 vs 66.0
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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
Weight Significantly lighter 269 g vs 530 g
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Around 50% lighter
Color depth Better color depth 23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 784 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.5 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
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 2.4"
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Around 40% thinner
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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Around 10% larger sensor
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 235 ms vs 252 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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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 resolution High resolution screens Help
              T2i:1,040k dots
              NEX-5N:920k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              T2i: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
              T2i: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 Each supports an 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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $530 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $285 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weight Lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Larger
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $508 body only

              $1,218 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $1,299 with 18-200mm 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 NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Touch screen No touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $595 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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