Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Nikon Coolpix A vs Sony NEX-5T

Nikon Coolpix A

Winner
Nikon Coolpix A

73

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Sony NEX-5R

50

Sony NEX-5R

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon Coolpix A

Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5R

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon Coolpix A

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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
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
80.0 vs 78.0
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Almost the same
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,164 ISO vs 910 ISO
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The Coolpix A has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.8 EV vs 13.1 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5R

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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
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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5R's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Battery life
Longer battery life
330 shots vs 230 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
276 g vs 299 g
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Around 10% lighter
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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
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              Coolpix A:13.8 EV
              NEX-5R:13.1 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              Coolpix A:23.4 bits
              NEX-5R:23.7 bits
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $675 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $324 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Fujifilm X-M1

              Fujifilm X-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $765 body only

              $599 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $615 body only

              $600 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon Coolpix A Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Ricoh GR

              Ricoh GR

              Boutique

              $383 - $697

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $899 - $910

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749 - $799

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor size Smaller sensor

              Sony NEX-5R Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $200 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 body only

              $630 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $435 - $448 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $590 body only

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $650 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

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