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

38

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
88 ms shutter lag
Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
Great battery life
Battery life
4300 shots
 

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
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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 D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,589 - $1,997 body only

$2,109 - $2,297 with 24-120mm lens

Autofocus Video autofocus
Size Significantly smaller
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$3,812 body only

Size Significantly smaller
Sensor cleaning Has a self cleaning sensor
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D3S

Nikon D3S

Pro DSLR

$5,897 body only

Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag More shutter lag

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$287 body only

$398 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

$350 with 16mm lens

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

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