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

Sony NEX-F3

Winner
Sony NEX-F3

71

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

67

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-F3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
314 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
470 shots
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-F3

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 314 ms vs 670 ms
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2.1x less delay when taking photos
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 470 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,114 ISO vs 796 ISO
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The NEX-F3 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 73.0 vs 69.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
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 Slightly cheaper $350.00 vs $498.00
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The best price we've seen is $148 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Startup delay Less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1500 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 7 fps vs 2.5 fps
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Around 3x faster continuous shooting
Size Smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 117x67x42 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness Slightly thinner 1.5" vs 1.7"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight Slightly lighter 287 g vs 314 g
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Around 10% lighter
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recommendations

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 Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              25
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              NEX-F3:314 ms
              NEX-5:670 ms
              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

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $890 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $455 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              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-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Movie format Records lower quality movies
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $529 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $995 - $1,077 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 with 16mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Movie format Records lower quality movies

              Sony NEX-F3 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony NEX-F3.

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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