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

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

73

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Sony NEX-F3

64

Sony NEX-F3

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
235 ms shutter lag
Great battery life
Battery life
460 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-F3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Battery life
Great battery life
470 shots
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-F3

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Startup delay
Less startup delay
1500 ms vs 1900 ms
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More than 20% less delay when turning on
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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
470 shots vs 460 shots
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$194.99 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $104 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Overall image quality
Better image quality
77.0 vs 73.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
235 ms vs 314 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 2.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
23.6 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.7 EV vs 12.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 117x67x42 mm
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More than 20% smaller
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
Weight
Lighter
269 g vs 314 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 1.7"
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Around 10% thinner
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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
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              NEX-F3:470 shots
              NEX-5N:460 shots
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              NEX-F3:$194.99
              NEX-5N:$299.00
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              25
              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
              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

              $299 body only

              $630 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $350 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $286 body only

              $373 - $420 with 16-50mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $587 body only

              $968 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony NEX-F3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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