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

94

Sony Alpha NEX-3

88

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Large screen
Screen size
3"
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

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
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Screen size
Large screen
3"

galleries

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

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$379 - $498 body only

$479 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Size Larger
Pentax K-5 II

Pentax K-5 II

Entry-level DSLR

$1,094 with 18-135mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Supports 24p Supports 24p
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Canon PowerShot G1X

Canon PowerShot G1X

Boutique

$695

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

$480 with 14-45mm lens

Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

discussion

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Avatar for OP OP (0:10 PM, May 29, 2019)
Hi Snapsort, you said the NEX3 has an external mic jack and the NEX5 does not. I spent more than an hour trying to confirm this but could not verify this information. Even the user manual does not show it. Is there a typo on your NEX3 page?
 
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?