Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Sony SLT-A65 vs Sony NEX-5R

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 123 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 6x more lenses available
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 138 ms vs 235 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 510 shots vs 460 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Size Significantly smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 132x97x81 mm
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4.2x smaller
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 1900 ms vs 2800 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 0.7 f-stops better
Weight Significantly lighter 269 g vs 622 g
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2.3x lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 3.2"
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2.1x thinner
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 77.0 vs 74.0
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Almost the same
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 717 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Focus points Slightly more focus points 25 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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        similarities

        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        For that film look
        3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
        View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
        SLT A65:921k dots
        NEX-5N:920k dots
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        SLT A65:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
        NEX-5N:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
        Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Many lenses to choose from
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
        SLT A65:24 MP
        NEX-5N:16 MP
        Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
        Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
        Color depth Good color depth Help
        SLT A65:23.4 bits
        NEX-5N:23.6 bits
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
        SLT A65:16,000 ISO
        NEX-5N:25,600 ISO
        Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
        SLT A65:12.6 EV
        NEX-5N:12.7 EV
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
        SLT A65:2800 ms
        NEX-5N:1900 ms

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $647 body only

        $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has much less startup delay
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $798 body only

        $1,098 with 18-135mm lens

        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 - $777 body only

        $798 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Has much more focus points
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $656 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has much less startup delay
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Canon Rebel SL1

        Canon Rebel SL1

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $500 body only

        $599 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

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        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Battery life Longer battery life
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $720 - $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Autofocus Slower video autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Much less startup delay
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Autofocus Slower video autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Sony SLT A57

        Sony SLT A57

        Entry-level DSLR

        $861 with 18-55mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
        GPS No built-in GPS

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $508 body only

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Dynamic range More dynamic range
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $480 - $748 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Significantly more focus points
        Built-in flash Built-in flash
        Touch screen No touch screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $350 body only

        $450 with 16-50mm lens

        Built-in flash Built-in flash
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen
        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $975 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Touch screen No touch screen

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