• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 25,600
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 16.1 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 16,000

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Differences

Sony NEX-5R advantages over Sony NEX-3N

  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Wi-Fi vs None
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 461k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 4.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Sony NEX-3N advantages over Sony NEX-5R

  • Higher effective ISO
    1,067 vs 910 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 480 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Wider angle kit lens
    24 mm vs 27 mm
    Capture more of the scene with the included lens

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-camera panoramas
    Both provide
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Both provide
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • 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
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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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-5N

Sony NEX-5R
Sony NEX-5N
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Touchscreen
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Longer stills battery life
Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5N
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Internal flash
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • More dots on screen
  • Hot shoe

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
Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-F3
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Lighter weight
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher-res screen

Compared to Canon EOS M

Sony NEX-5R
Canon EOS M
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • External Mic Jack
Sony NEX-3N
Canon EOS M
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • On-sensor phase detect

Compared to Samsung NX1100

Sony NEX-5R
Samsung NX1100
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • More pixels
Sony NEX-3N
Samsung NX1100
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $450
  • APS-C
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Higher-res screen

Compared to Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5R
Sony NEX-5T
  • $348
  • APS-C
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Higher effective ISO
  • Wider angle kit lens
Sony NEX-3N
Sony NEX-5T
  • $500
  • APS-C
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Internal flash
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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