Updated (May 2010): Compare the Nikon D3 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Nikon D3 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
Nikon D3

53

Sony Alpha NEX-5

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,290 ISO
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
88 ms shutter lag
 

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 D3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Nikon D3 Competitors

Nikon D3S

Nikon D3S

Pro DSLR

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Better image quality
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$759 - $797 body only

$1,047 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Size Much smaller
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$105 body only

Size Significantly smaller
Built-in flash Built-in flash
Battery life Much shorter battery life

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$379 - $399 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
Startup delay More startup delay
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$230 body only

$470 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Startup delay More startup delay

discussion

Nikon D3
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