Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Sony NEX-5R

Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

96

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Sony NEX-5N

58

Sony NEX-5N

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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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 205 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 10x 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 Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 1900 ms
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4.8x less delay when turning on
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 81.0 vs 77.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
Battery life Longer battery life 540 shots vs 460 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.2 EV vs 12.7 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Lowest price Cheaper $496.95 vs $783.51
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The best price we've seen is $287 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Size Significantly smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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3.7x smaller
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
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 3"
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2x thinner
Weight Lighter 269 g vs 505 g
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Around 50% lighter
Focus points More focus points 25 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 235 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 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
              D3200:921k dots
              NEX-5N:920k dots
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D3200:81.0
              NEX-5N:77.0
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D3200:APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
              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
              D3200:24.2 MP
              NEX-5N:16 MP
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D3200:24.1 bits
              NEX-5N:23.6 bits
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D3200:13.2 EV
              NEX-5N:12.7 EV
              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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously while recording movies

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Significantly 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

              $598 - $599 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 NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $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

              $665 - $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

              $582 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen

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