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

Sony NEX-5N

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Sony NEX-5N

81

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Sony NEX-F3

70

Sony NEX-F3

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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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-F3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1500 ms startup delay
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
 
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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
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 Slightly 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
        Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
        NEX-F3:12.3 EV
        NEX-5N:12.7 EV
        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
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        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

        $1,035 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

        $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 - $548 body only

        $598 - $599 with 16-50mm 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

        $494 - $748 body only

        $665 - $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

        $582 body only

        $598 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 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 NEX-7

        Sony NEX-7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $749 body only

        $1,014 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
        True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Weight Is slightly heavier

        Sony NEX-F3 Competitors

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        Sony Alpha NEX-3

        Sony Alpha NEX-3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $490 body only

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Startup delay Less startup delay
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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

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