Updated (March 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Nikon D3200 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
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60

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42

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
287 g

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Nikon D3200 Competitors

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Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$447 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Battery life Longer battery life
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Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$699 body only

$449 with 18-55mm lens

Lowest price Slightly cheaper
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
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Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$497 with 18-55mm lens

Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
Battery life Significantly longer battery life
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies
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Sony NEX 7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
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Sony Alpha A5100

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$448 body only

$548 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
External flash No external flash support

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