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

Nikon D3 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
Nikon D3

71

Sony Alpha NEX-5

56

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
Slightly more lenses available
Lens availability
171 lenses
Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
 

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

Movie format Shoots movies
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Shutter lag More shutter lag
Nikon D700

Nikon D700

Pro DSLR

$105 body only

Size Significantly smaller
Weight Lighter
Battery life Much shorter battery life
Nikon D4

Nikon D4

Pro DSLR

$5,499 body only

Screen size Significantly larger screen
Movie format Shoots movies
Battery life Much shorter battery life

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay More startup delay
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$444 - $448 body only

$525 - $548 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Slightly larger
Sony NEX-7

Sony NEX 7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$599 body only

$737 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

discussion

Nikon D3
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