Updated (May 2010): Compare the Sony Alpha NEX-3 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Sony Alpha NEX-3

Winner
Sony Alpha NEX-5

61

Sony Alpha NEX-3

57

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1000 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$350 body only

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$370 body only

$448 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$318 body only

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

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$318 body only

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$559 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$376 body only

$390 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

discussion

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gabbar (5:43 PM, December 20, 2011)
tell me SNAPSORT
 
gabbar (5:38 PM, December 20, 2011)
is there any difference in images of nex 3 and nex5,
or any other difference except 720p and 1080p movies
and is there bulb exposure in each
 
Super Franky (6:16 AM, June 30, 2011)
Actually it only does 1080i so I prefer 720p... but it does do video at 60fps so big plus there... image quality is 120% same... its seriously just 1080x60i video and different weight and shape...
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:30 PM, April 25, 2011)
The Sony NEX-5 can record video at 1080p and has slightly better image quality, for about the same price. I would suggest you look at the NEX-5.
 
Pialibopanna (1:11 PM, April 24, 2011)
Hi Snapsort,
I have decided to buy my frst camera. I cant make up my mind between the Sony alpha 3, Sony alpha 5 and Sony alpha 33. Which one do you think would be a better buy? And why?
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:25 PM, April 05, 2011)
Hi Valentina, yes, If the NEX-3 is significantly cheaper then I think it would be bargain!
 
Valentina (1:50 AM, April 04, 2011)
Hi Snapsort,
if i well understood, the two NEXs finally differ just in video resolution (and remote control plus for NEX-5 vs. NEX-3). In your opinion, the technical difference justify the economic one? Or do you consider NEX-3 to get a bargain?