Updated (August 2010): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Nikon D3100 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
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42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.2 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Thickness
Thin
1.5"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Nikon D3100 Competitors

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Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$677 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
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Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$495 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Color depth Worse color depth
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Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

Battery life Longer battery life
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Screen size Much smaller screen

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 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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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

discussion

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s (0:58 AM, September 03, 2013)
The nex shoots 10 fps per sony website!