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
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3N

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Battery life
Great battery life
480 shots
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $419.89 vs $1,025.78
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The best price we've seen is $606 cheaper (2.4x less)
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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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 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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              NEX-3N:12.5 EV
              NEX-5R:13.1 EV
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              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

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $630 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              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

              $798 - $799 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

              $450 body only

              $699 - $749 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $485 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $305 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N Competitors

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              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm 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

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              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony NEX-5R.

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