Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Sony Alpha NEX-3N vs Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5R

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Sony NEX-5R

79

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Sony Alpha NEX-3N

70

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Runner-up
     
 

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
Focus points
Many focus points
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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3N

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
272 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
480 shots
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-3N

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Battery life Significantly longer battery life 480 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 50% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,067 ISO vs 910 ISO
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The NEX-3N has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.4" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5R

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Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Focus points Significantly more focus points 99 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality Better image quality 78.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.1 EV vs 12.5 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The NEX-5R's maximum light sensitivity is 0.7 f-stops better
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        similarities

        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
        View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
        Supports 24p 24p support Help
        For that film look
        Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
        NEX-3N:12.5 EV
        NEX-5R:13.1 EV
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
        Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
        Size Fairly small Help
        NEX-3N:110x62x35 mm
        NEX-5R:110x58x38 mm
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        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
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

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        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $348 body only

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 body only

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Sony Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $448 with 16-50mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 body only

        $748 - $798 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $430 - $480 body only

        $890 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Sony NEX-F3

        Sony NEX-F3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $305 with 18-55mm lens

        Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $322 body only

        $315 with 18-55mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha NEX-3

        Sony Alpha NEX-3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Supports 24p No 24p support

        Sony NEX-5R Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Olympus PEN E-PL5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $484 with 14-42mm lens

        Image stabilization Image stabilization
        Lens availability More lenses available
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

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