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

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

81

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Sony NEX-F3

71

Sony NEX-F3

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Battery life
Great 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
 
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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
Lowest price Cheaper $439.99 vs $789.00
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The best price we've seen is $349 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 470 shots vs 460 shots
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Almost the same
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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
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 77.0 vs 73.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 2.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 235 ms vs 314 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
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
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 Common Weaknesses
              3D 3D photos 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
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $508 body only

              $1,218 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $1,299 with 18-200mm lens

              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Has a significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $565 with 18-55mm 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 A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $548 - $550

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Sony NEX-F3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $815 body only

              $979 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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