Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Samsung NX300 vs Sony NEX-5T

Samsung NX300 vs Sony NEX-5R

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Reasons to buy the Samsung NX300

Large screen
Screen size
3.3"
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1200 ms startup delay
OLED Screen
Screen type
Bright and vivid
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
116 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5R

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Samsung NX300. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5R.

differences

Advantages of the Samsung NX300

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Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
Screen size
Larger screen
3.3" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Lens availability
More lenses available
36 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/6000s vs 1/4000s
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More than 30% faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5R

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Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 768k dots
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Around 20% higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
78.0 vs 76.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
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Almost the same
Size
Slightly smaller
110x58x38 mm vs 122x64x41 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.5" vs 1.6"
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Around 10% thinner
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Less buttons
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              NX300$349.99
              NEX-5R$299.99
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $369 - $480 with 20-50mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $498 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $230 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Samsung NX300 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX300M

              Samsung NX300M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $569 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Samsung NX500

              Samsung NX500

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $700 - $800 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Screen size Smaller screen
              Lowest price More expensive

              Sony NEX-5R Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $580 body only

              $498 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Focus points Fewer focus points

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