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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Thickness
Slightly 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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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Size Fairly small Help
              NEX-3117×62×33 mm
              NEX-5111×59×38 mm
              Thickness Thin Help
              NEX-31.3"
              NEX-51.5"
              Weight Light weight Help
              NEX-3297 g
              NEX-5287 g
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              NEX-3$398.00
              NEX-5$592.51
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Movie format Poor movies Help
              NEX-3720p @ 30fps
              NEX-51080p @ 30fps
              Viewfinder No viewfinders Help
              Can only preview photos on the screen
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              14 MP
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              25
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Lens availability Few lenses available Help
              62 lenses
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              7 fps
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              920k dots

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              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Sony Alpha NEX-3
              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Sony Alpha NEX-3

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              Sony Alpha NEX-5
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