• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • 24.00mm - 240.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony NEX-5R advantages over Samsung WB30F

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 4.78 vs 1.34 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
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 230k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 8 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Samsung WB30F advantages over Sony NEX-5R

  • Less expensive
    $300* vs $548
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Thinner
    16 mm vs 38 mm
    Thinner

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly

Common Weaknesses

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Neither provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • 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-5N

Sony NEX-5R
Sony NEX-5N
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
Samsung WB30F
Sony NEX-5N
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Sony W690

Sony NEX-5R
Sony W690
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Internal flash
Samsung WB30F
Sony W690
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Thinner
  • $257
  • 1/2.3 inch

Compared to Sony NEX-F3

Sony NEX-5R
Sony NEX-F3
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
Samsung WB30F
Sony NEX-F3
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • 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
Samsung WB30F
Canon EOS M
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Canon 140 IS

Sony NEX-5R
Canon 140 IS
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Internal flash
Samsung WB30F
Canon 140 IS
  • $300
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Thinner
  • $179
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer exposure
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