Updated (August, 2011): Compare the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 vs Sony NEX-5N

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
500 ms startup delay
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A550

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 184 ms vs 670 ms
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3.6x less delay when taking photos
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Battery life Much longer battery life 950 shots vs 330 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 123 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 6x more lenses available
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 1000 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Size Much smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 137x104x84 mm
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4.8x smaller
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Weight Significantly lighter 287 g vs 632 g
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2.2x lighter
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 3.3"
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2.2x thinner
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.2 EV vs 11.8 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 69.0 vs 66.0
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Almost the same
Color depth Better color depth 22.2 bits vs 21.9 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
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        Compared to recent digital cameras

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
        DSLR-A550:921k dots
        NEX-5:920k dots
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Sensor size Large sensors Help
        APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
        Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
        Many lenses to choose from
        HDR In-camera HDR Help
        Combines multiple exposures
        Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
        12,800 ISO
        Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
        Better editing
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Sensor type Better sensor types Help
        Better in low light
        Light sensitivity (boost) No boost ISO Help
        Lacks boost light sensitivity
        Touch screen No touchscreens Help
        More buttons

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $749 body only

        $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $650 - $779 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $497 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $600 - $680 body only

        $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $437 - $520 body only

        $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier

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        Sony SLT-A55

        Sony SLT-A55

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,073 body only

        $1,075 - $1,165 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Battery life Much shorter battery life
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

        Entry-level DSLR

        Autofocus Faster autofocus
        Color depth Better color depth
        Live view No live view
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $798 body only

        $1,098 with 18-135mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
        Sony SLT-A37

        Sony SLT-A37

        Entry-level DSLR

        $422 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

        Entry-level DSLR

        Size Smaller
        Color depth Better color depth
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen

        Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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        Sony Alpha NEX-3

        Sony Alpha NEX-3

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $490 body only

        External mic jack Has an external mic jack
        Thickness Slightly thinner
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Sony NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $494 - $748 body only

        $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
        Sony Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 with 16-50mm lens

        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony NEX-7

        Sony NEX-7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $749 body only

        $1,014 with 18-55mm lens

        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Weight Heavier

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