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Differences

Sony NEX-3N advantages over Sony A5000

  • Faster JPEG shooting
    4.0 fps vs 3.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)

Sony A5000 advantages over Sony NEX-3N

  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • More pixels
    20.1 vs 16.1 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    15 vs 6 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use an external screen to monitor or review video
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Hot shoe
    Neither provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Excellent image quality for an entry-level mirrorless; User interface ideal for consumers stepping up from point-and-shoots; Speedy and accurate autofocusing; Zoom lever on body; Tremendous value.

  • Lack of hot shoe or accessory port limits more advanced shooting; No electronic viewfinder; Performance lags behind previous model, especially on burst shooting speed.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-5R

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5R
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony A5000
Sony NEX-5R
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Sony NEX-3N
Samsung NX1100
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Higher-res screen
Sony A5000
Samsung NX1100
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $390
  • APS-C
  • Higher-res screen
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5T
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony A5000
Sony NEX-5T
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • More pixels
  • $299
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen

Compared to Samsung NX3000

Sony NEX-3N
Samsung NX3000
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $315
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • More pixels
Sony A5000
Samsung NX3000
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lens selection
  • $315
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Hot shoe

Compared to Sony A5100

Sony NEX-3N
Sony A5100
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Bigger pixels
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Sony A5000
Sony A5100
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Higher effective ISO
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