Updated (August, 2012): Compare the Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX C3

Sony NEX-5N

Winner
Sony NEX-5N

81

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Sony NEX C3

76

Sony NEX C3

Runner-up
     
 

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 C3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1200 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 235 ms vs 430 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality Better image quality 77.0 vs 73.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Battery life Longer battery life 460 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 5.5 fps
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More than 80% 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 12.2 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
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Advantages of the Sony C3

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Startup delay Less startup delay 1200 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Lowest price Cheaper $499.00 vs $889.99
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The best price we've seen is $391 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Size Slightly smaller 110x60x33 mm vs 111x59x38 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 225 g vs 269 g
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Around 20% 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
              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
              C3:110x60x33 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Weight Light weight Help
              NEX-5N:269 g
              C3:225 g
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

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

              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

              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

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              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
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              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
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $748 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 with 18-55mm lens

              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Sony NEX C3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $410 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag

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