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

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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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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 
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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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 1900 ms
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4.8x less delay when turning on
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
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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
Size Significantly smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 129x98x62 mm
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3.1x smaller
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
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
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
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 2.4"
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Around 40% thinner
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
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

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $656 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel SL1

        Canon Rebel SL1

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $500 body only

        $599 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $647 body only

        $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker

        Canon EOS Rebel T2i Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $300 - $390 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 - $870 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Weather sealed Weather sealed
        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Size Larger
        Weight Heavier
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Size Larger
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Canon EOS Rebel T1i

        Canon Rebel T1i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $745 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $520 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 NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $508 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 Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $350 body only

        $450 with 16-50mm lens

        Built-in flash Built-in flash
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $480 - $748 body only

        $500 - $779 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 A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 - $734 body only

        $798 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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