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

62

Sony Alpha NEX-3

59

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
 

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
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
Sensor type
CMOS Sensor
Better in low light

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 NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$691 body only

$853 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Better image quality
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$439 body only

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$400 body only

$365 - $379 with 16-50mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$361 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$871 - $948 body only

$978 - $1,048 with 16-50mm lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Size Larger
Sony NEX F3

Sony NEX F3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$300 body only

$530 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Supports 24p Supports 24p
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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?