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

Sony NEX C3

Winner
Sony NEX C3

75

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

65

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX C3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

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
 
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differences

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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 430 ms vs 670 ms
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Around 40% less delay when taking photos
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,083 ISO vs 796 ISO
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The C3 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 73.0 vs 69.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Battery life Longer battery life 400 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Color depth Better color depth 22.7 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Weight Lighter 225 g vs 287 g
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More than 20% lighter
Size Slightly smaller 110x60x33 mm vs 111x59x38 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.5"
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More than 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Startup delay Less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1200 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 7 fps vs 5.5 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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Sony NEX C3 Sony NEX C3 75
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        65 Sony Alpha NEX-5 Sony Alpha NEX-5
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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
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Size Fairly small Help
              C3:110x60x33 mm
              NEX-5:111x59x38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              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
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              C3:430 ms
              NEX-5:670 ms
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Focus points Few focus points Help
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              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

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $489 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $438 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $370 body only

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $389 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,074 body only

              $1,200 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony NEX C3 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony NEX C3.

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

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              Showing 5 comments

              Avatar for Chris Weyer Chris Weyer (10:46 PM, January 11, 2012)
              That is the wrong pic for the front view of the NEX-5, the one shown is a NEX-3
               
              Fr4nk01 (11:25 PM, December 19, 2011)
              Where? I'm going there now...
               
              Avatar for Sedge8 Sedge8 (3:01 PM, December 04, 2011)
              The NEX-5 can't shoot 1080p at 30fps, it shoots at 1080i at 25fps. Though the NEX-5 is nice to hold with it's all metal body, the C3 should easily win with it's improved sensor, clearly producing better IQ and low light noise than the NEX-5, better battey life etc. I've seen the C3 as low as £290 this week with Sony cashback.
               
              Javier Cabrera (2:43 AM, August 28, 2011)
              ??? sp the c3 have better quality but the nex 5 win because of popularity? snapsort you should not consider that matter.
               
              Tiger Alitiger (6:43 AM, August 14, 2011)
              what do you think i should buy is the image quality a similar or better on c3