• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 1 inch 116.2mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
  • ISO 160 - 6400

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Differences

Sony NEX-5R advantages over Nikon J3

  • Lens selection
    Good vs Limited
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Less expensive
    $398 vs $617*
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.78 vs 2.86 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Better color depth
    23.6 vs 20.4 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    910 vs 420 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.1 vs 11.0 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/160 vs 1/60 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Nikon J3 advantages over Sony NEX-5R

  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    28 mm vs 38 mm
    Thinner
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    60.0 fps vs 10.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • On-sensor phase detect
    Both provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • 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
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • 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

User reviews

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The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX-5R
Sony NEX-5N
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon J3
Sony NEX-5N
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • On-sensor phase detect
  • Internal flash
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Nikon J1

Sony NEX-5R
Nikon J1
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Internal flash
  • Thinner
Nikon J3
Nikon J1
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Higher effective ISO
  • More dots on screen
  • $399
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon EOS M

Sony NEX-5R
Canon EOS M
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • External Mic Jack
Nikon J3
Canon EOS M
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Internal flash
  • Lighter weight
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5R
Sony NEX-5T
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Wider angle kit lens
Nikon J3
Sony NEX-5T
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Internal flash
  • Thinner
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking

Compared to Nikon J4

Sony NEX-5R
Nikon J4
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Internal flash
  • Thinner
Nikon J3
Nikon J4
  • $617
  • 1 inch
  • Has anti-aliasing filter
  • $405
  • 1 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Touchscreen
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