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

Nikon D3 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
Nikon D3

52

Sony Alpha NEX-5

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
300 ms startup delay
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 D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$3,587 body only

Size Significantly smaller
Built-in flash Built-in flash
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D3S

Nikon D3S

Pro DSLR

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Movie format Shoots movies
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D4

Nikon D4

Pro DSLR

$3,293 body only

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Overall image quality Better image quality
Battery life Much shorter battery life

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$691 body only

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Better image quality
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$348 body only

$365 - $379 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

discussion

Nikon D3
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