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

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

100

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Sony NEX-5N

51

Sony NEX-5N

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

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
 

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
Help
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
24.1 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality
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
Help
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
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
Help
Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
Help
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
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
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
235 ms vs 276 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              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
              D3200:24.1 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 Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              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 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $378 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $575 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 with 16-50mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $559 - $630 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

              $396 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-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $286 body only

              $373 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $650 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

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