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

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-5T

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5R

Takes 3D photos
3D
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5T

Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

Items often bought with the NEX-5R or NEX-5T

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5R.
Explore our gallery of 26 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-5T.

differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-5R

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5T

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Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,015 ISO vs 910 ISO
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The NEX-5T has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              NEX-5R13.1 EV
              NEX-5T13 EV
              Touch screen Have touch screens Help
              Fewer buttons
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              NEX-5R23.7 bits
              NEX-5T23.6 bits
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              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
              Mid size (111×59×39 mm)
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              NEX-5R$339.86
              NEX-5T$299.95
              Weight Light weight Help
              276 g
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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
              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 hybrid detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $274 body only

              $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              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 NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Focus points Has slightly fewer focus points
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $849 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Touch screen Doesn't have a touch screen
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a much larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Olympus OM-D E-M10 II

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony NEX-5R Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Sony NEX-5T Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M3

              Canon EOS M3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $579 body only

              $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Lens availability Significantly fewer lenses available

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              Peter (9:55 AM, March 18, 2014)
              This comparrison seems off. The 5r seems better and cheaper. Yet the 5T pips it. The reason is not obvious.