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

Sony NEX-5R

Winner
Sony NEX-5R

78

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Sony Alpha NEX-3N

69

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5R

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
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
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
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
 
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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 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 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
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
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
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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
        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
        Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
        Can only preview photos on the screen
        External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
        Limited to the in-camera mic
        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

        $349 body only

        $498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

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

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $499 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 NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $399 - $748 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 - $649 body only

        $798 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $300 body only

        $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony NEX-F3

        Sony NEX-F3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $403 - $730 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

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Movie format Lower resolution movies

        Sony NEX-5R Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

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

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