• 35mm 861.6mm2
  • 24.6 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 3200
  • APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
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Differences

Sony A900 advantages over Sony NEX-5

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.94 vs 5.16 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Fast startup
    ~0.50 vs 1.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,431 vs 796 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 880 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Less shutter lag
    0.18 vs 0.44 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    24.6 vs 14.2 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.0 fps vs 2.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Sony NEX-5 advantages over Sony A900

  • Less expensive
    $700 vs $3000 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Thinner
    40 mm vs 81 mm
    Thinner
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    38 vs 11 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    12800 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • 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
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Neither provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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The Competition

Compared to Canon 5D Mark II

Sony A900
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More pixels
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony NEX-5
Canon 5D Mark II
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $2699
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A850

Sony A900
Sony A850
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Faster JPEG shooting
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
Sony NEX-5
Sony A850
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $2219
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Samsung NX100

Sony A900
Samsung NX100
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner
Sony NEX-5
Samsung NX100
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony NEX-C3

Sony A900
Sony NEX-C3
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
Sony NEX-5
Sony NEX-C3
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon 5D Mark III

Sony A900
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $3000
  • 35mm
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $2520
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Higher effective ISO
Sony NEX-5
Canon 5D Mark III
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $2520
  • 35mm
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor
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