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

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Sony NEX-5R

72

Sony Alpha NEX-5

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5R

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

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

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

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 69.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.1 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
910 ISO vs 796 ISO
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The NEX-5R has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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
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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
              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
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Size Fairly small Help
              NEX-5R110x58x38 mm
              NEX-5111x59x38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              NEX-5R$346.78
              NEX-5$349.99
              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
              NEX-5R16 MP
              NEX-514 MP
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $291 body only

              $330 - $398 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

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $659 body only

              $887 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has much less shutter lag
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $580 body only

              $498 - $589 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor

              Sony NEX-5R Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 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 NEX-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $192 body only

              $368 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

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