Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5N

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Sony NEX-5N

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78

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

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
Battery life
Great battery life
460 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5R

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Focus points
Many focus points
99
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Battery life Significantly longer battery life 460 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 910 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5R

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Focus points Significantly more focus points 99 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.1 EV vs 12.7 EV
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0.4 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
        Overall image quality Good image quality Help
        NEX-5N:77.0
        NEX-5R:78.0
        Touch screen Have touch screens Help
        Less buttons
        Supports 24p 24p support Help
        For that film look
        Color depth Good color depth Help
        NEX-5N:23.6 bits
        NEX-5R:23.7 bits
        Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
        NEX-5N:12.7 EV
        NEX-5R:13.1 EV
        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
        Size Fairly small Help
        NEX-5N:111x59x38 mm
        NEX-5R:110x58x38 mm
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
        Professional
        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 Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $499 with 16-50mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        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
        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
        Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
        External flash Doesn't support an external flash
        Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $1,020 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Has significantly less startup delay
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Light sensitivity Slightly lower maximum light sensitivity
        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-5N Competitors

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

        Sony NEX-5R Competitors

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

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