• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
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  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 6400

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Differences

Sony NEX-3 advantages over Fujifilm X-M1

  • Less expensive
    $600 vs $800 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Fast startup
    ~1.00 vs 1.7 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    38 vs 16 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Fujifilm X-M1 advantages over Sony NEX-3

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Newer
    5 years vs 8 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
    Yes vs No
    A unique sensor design provides sharp photos without moiré
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.7 fps vs 2.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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

  • 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
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • 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
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • 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 Sony NEX-5

Sony NEX-3
Sony NEX-5
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • $700
  • APS-C
Fujifilm X-M1
Sony NEX-5
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Fast startup

Compared to Sony NEX-C3

Sony NEX-3
Sony NEX-C3
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
Fujifilm X-M1
Sony NEX-C3
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX-3
Sony NEX-5N
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
Fujifilm X-M1
Sony NEX-5N
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Longer stills battery life

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-3
Sony NEX-5T
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
Fujifilm X-M1
Sony NEX-5T
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Internal flash
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Fujifilm X-A1

Sony NEX-3
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Fujifilm X-M1
Fujifilm X-A1
  • $385
  • APS-C
  • Doesn't require an AA filter
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
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