Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX C3

Sony NEX-5R

Winner
Sony NEX-5R

72

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

58

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5R

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

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-5R

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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
Overall image quality Better image quality 78.0 vs 68.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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
Focus points More focus points 99 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Color depth Better color depth 23.7 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.6 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.1 EV vs 12 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 910 ISO vs 830 ISO
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The NEX-5R has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-5R's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Slightly lighter 276 g vs 297 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
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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
              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
              Size Fairly small Help
              NEX-5R:110x58x38 mm
              NEX-3:117x62x33 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              NEX-5R:$347.86
              NEX-3:$319.99
              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
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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

              $298 - $410 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 NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $395 - $689 body only

              $635 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $700 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

              $574 body only

              $749 - $759 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              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

              $473 body only

              $431 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $195 body only

              $305 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a significantly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay

              Sony NEX-5R Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 body only

              $630 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen size Larger screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $316 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay

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              Sony NEX-5R Sony Alpha NEX-3
              Sony NEX-5R Sony Alpha NEX-3

              discussion

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