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

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Really small
Size
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thin
Thickness
1.5"
 

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%
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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
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
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
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.00 vs $600.00
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The best price we've seen is $301 cheaper (2x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              SLT A65:23.4 bits
              NEX-5N:23.6 bits
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              SLT A65:12.6 EV
              NEX-5N:12.7 EV
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              SLT A65:2800 ms
              NEX-5N:1900 ms

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has much less startup delay
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 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 A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 - $455 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
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $998 - $1,050 with 16-50mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Larger
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 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 NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $549 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 Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $286 body only

              $373 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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