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

Canon Rebel T2i vs Sony NEX-5N

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T2i

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,040k dots
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Overall image quality
Great image quality
77.0
Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons

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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
Slightly 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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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 66.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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
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
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Weight
Lighter
269 g vs 530 g
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Around 50% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 2.4"
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Around 40% thinner
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
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
235 ms vs 252 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$456.79 vs $699.99
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The best price we've seen is $243 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              T2i1,040k dots
              NEX-5N920k dots
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $612 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $547 body only

              $360 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $684 body only

              $899 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder coverage Slightly better viewfinder coverage
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $591 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 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 T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Weight Lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $262 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $347 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              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

              $349 body only

              $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

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $291 body only

              $330 - $398 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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