Nikon Coolpix A vs Sony NEX-5R

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Nikon Coolpix A

70

Sony NEX-5R

48

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
Fewer 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

Items often bought with the Nikon Coolpix A or Sony NEX-5R

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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
Slightly 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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0.2 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 4 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
Fastest shutter speed
Significantly faster max shutter speed
1/4000s vs 1/2000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Weight
Slightly lighter
276 g vs 299 g
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Around 10% lighter
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recommendations

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
              Size Fairly small Help
              Coolpix A111×64×40 mm
              NEX-5R111×59×39 mm
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              Coolpix A13.8 EV
              NEX-5R13.1 EV
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $548 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Canon PowerShot G7 X

              Pro digicam

              $484 - $649

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV

              Pro digicam

              $898 - $948

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 body only

              $381 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon Coolpix A Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Ricoh GR

              Ricoh GR

              Boutique

              $399 - $599

              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
              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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100

              Boutique

              $649 - $698

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Fujifilm FinePix X100T

              Boutique

              $1,085 - $1,300

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Wide angle Significantly worse wide angle
              Size Larger
              Ricoh GR II

              Ricoh GR II

              Boutique

              $626

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Longest exposure Much longer exposures
              Size Slightly larger
              Lowest price More expensive

              Sony NEX-5R Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $605 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 Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $279 body only

              $440 - $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 NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $849 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Focus points Fewer focus points

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