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

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Winner
Sony NEX-5R

72

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

63

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5R

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
272 ms shutter lag
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos

galleries

Explore our gallery of 19 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-3N.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5R.

differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-3N

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Battery life
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
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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0.2 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 1.4 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
              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
              Size Fairly small Help
              NEX-3N110×62×35 mm
              NEX-5R111×59×39 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Weight Light weight Help
              NEX-3N269 g
              NEX-5R276 g
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              NEX-3N16.1 MP
              NEX-5R16 MP
              Autofocus Slower hybrid detection autofocus Help
              NEX-3NContrast detection
              NEX-5RHybrid detection
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $605 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $274 body only

              $440 - $448 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 NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $345 with 16mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony NEX-5R Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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