Updated (August 2011): Compare the Sony NEX-5N vs Sony NEX C3

Sony NEX-5N vs Sony NEX C3

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
235 ms shutter lag
Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX C3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1200 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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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
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
77.0 vs 73.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Longer battery life
460 shots vs 400 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
10 fps vs 5.5 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
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 2 f-stops better
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Advantages of the Sony C3

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
Size
Slightly smaller
110×60×33 mm vs 111×59×38 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
225 g vs 269 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$212.29 vs $399.00
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The best price we've seen is $187 cheaper (around 50% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              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
              Size Fairly small Help
              NEX-5N111×59×38 mm
              C3110×60×33 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Weight Light weight Help
              NEX-5N269 g
              C3225 g
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              NEX-5N$399.00
              C3$212.29
              Thickness Thin Help
              NEX-5N1.5"
              C31.3"
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              16 MP
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $274 body only

              $350 - $448 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 NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $340 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm 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-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $481 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $589 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $849 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life

              Sony NEX C3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $350 with 16mm 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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