General

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Sony Alpha NEX-5
Brand
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Sony Sony
Lowest price
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$398.00 $498.00
Announced
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May, 2010 May, 2010

Sensor

Type
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CMOS CMOS
Size
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APS-C 23.4x15.6mm APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
Crop factor
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1.5x 1.5x
Megapixels
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14 MP 14 MP
Light sensitivity
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12,800 ISO 12,800 ISO
Light sensitivity (boost)
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None None
Sensor cleaning
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Yes Yes

Sensor (Advanced)

True resolution
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14 MP 14 MP
Native resolution
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4592 x 3056 4592 x 3056
Pixel size
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26 µm² 26 µm²

Screen

Type
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LCD LCD
Size
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3.0" 3.0"
Resolution
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920k dots 920k dots
Touch screen
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No No
Flips out
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Yes Yes
Live view
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Yes Yes

Lenses

Lens availability
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21 lenses 21 lenses
Lens mount
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Sony E Sony E

Form factor

Size
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117x62x33 mm 111x59x38 mm
Depth
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1.3" 1.5"
Weight
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297 g 287 g
Interchangeable lenses
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Yes Yes
Waterproof
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No No
Weather sealed
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No No
Built-in focus motor
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No No

Viewfinder

Type
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None None

Movies

Format
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720p @ 30fps 1080p @ 30fps
Supports 24p
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No No
High-speed framerate
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None None
External mic jack
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Yes No
Autofocus
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Contrast detection Unknown
Continuous focus
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Yes n/a
All formats
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480p @ 30fps
720p @ 30fps
1440 x 1080 @ 30fps
1080p @ 30fps
480p @ 30fps

Features

Panorama
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Yes Yes
HDR
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Yes Yes
3D
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Yes Yes
Image stabilization
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None None
Supports RAW
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Yes Yes
GPS
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No No

Performance

Startup delay
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1000 ms 1000 ms
Shutter lag
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670 ms 670 ms
Battery life
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330 shots 330 shots
Continuous shooting
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7 fps 7 fps

Focus system

Autofocus
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Contrast detection Contrast detection
Focus points
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25 25
Cross type focus points
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0 0

Shutter

Max
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1/4000s 1/4000s
Min
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30s 30s

Flash

Built-in flash
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No No
External connection
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Yes Yes

Storage

Storage slots
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1 1
Supported formats
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SDHC
Memory Stick PRO Duo
Memory Stick
SD
SDXC
Memory Stick Duo
SDXC
Memory Stick
SDHC
Memory Stick Duo
Memory Stick PRO Duo
SD

DXO Mark Scores

Image quality
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68.0 69.0
Color depth
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22.1 bits 22.2 bits
Dynamic range
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12 EV 12.2 EV
Low light performance
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830 ISO 796 ISO
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