Both the Sony NEX-3N and NEX-5R are great micro four-thirds cameras, but initially it might be difficult to tell which is the better camera for the price. Ultimately it depends on the buyer and the intended use of the camera, but there are a number of things to consider when comparing the two cameras, including price, features, and size. Each camera has distinct positive and negative aspects to consider, however, a number of features are the same.
As four-thirds cameras, the NEX-3N and NEX-5R are small and lightweight: according to Sony, they are the smallest and lightest of these types of phone on the market. They have a compact lens, which coupled with the phones size means both of the phones are easier to carry in a pocket. For those who do not want to have to carry and keep track of a camera and other paraphernalia in a bag, either one of these is ideal.
Not only are the easier to carry than the other larger Sony cameras, they provide a much better picture than a cell phone (currently the default camera for many consumers). They also have interchangeable lens so that users can use the right one for the current need. Users can purchase the Sony E-mount lenses with an adaptor to incorporate some of the best lens on the market with these little phones.
Compared to other four-thirds cameras, the active pixel sensor, or APS, sensor is reported to be a bit bigger, a distinct benefit for picture speed and outcome. In terms of the quality of the pictures, both cameras show improvement over previous, larger cameras. Also according to Sony, the contrast of the AF system allows for improved recording over some of their larger models. This is because it was designed to have perpetual auto exposure and autofocus, ensuring images are clearer. The camera also allows the user to combine three shots instead of the two allowed on other cameras, so that unintended additions to pictures can be removed or other aspects of the shot be cleaned up.
Features that users have come to expect are also included with both the NEX-3N and NEX-5R. Like most cameras, the user can store images wither on a memory stick or to the camera’s SD card, making photo and video storage easy. Users can create 3D panoramas; however, first the Sony firmware will need to be upgraded to store the pictures. To view the panorama in 3D, users will need access to an HDTV. The LCD screen includes 921,000 dots, making the images viewed by the user as crisp and clear as what is stored on the camera. To accommodate different situations, the LCD also swivels, which gives users the ability to move the camera to a better angle without having to shoot the picture blind.
Finally, the user interface is similar for both cameras. They each include a guide to help users in real time until the user has time to get accustomed with the phone (toting the user manual around is not necessary for either of them). For those looking to reduce how much they have to carry, this is easily a positive aspect. For those interested in working with 3D, it is a feature include for both cameras.
While the NEX-3N has ranked higher in a number of consumer interest platforms, the NEX-5R may be a better buy depending on the user’s needs. Perhaps the most noticeable difference is that the NEX-3N costs less, which is because it has fewer features. For a buyer more interested in cost, the NEX-3N will provide many of the same features. However, there are a few advantages for the NEX-3N beyond price.
Being released a little after the NEX-5R, several changes were made that were decided improvements. The NEX-3N is actually slightly smaller and lighter than the NEX-5R, in part because it has a more rounded look. The camera itself is bundled with a 16-50mm power zoom, meaning picture quality does not get sacrificed to have a shorter lens. The compact zoom included with this camera allows the to a CSC from the compact one to be easier to make for those with less experience, so that it is likely a better camera for newer photographers. The flash for this camera is built in, so that the user can make it pop-up (unlike the NEX-5R that requires the user to clip the flash onto the camera). The battery life is also considerably better. Compared to the 330 shots for the NEX-5R, the NEX-3N will continue to function up to 480 shots before needing to be recharged.
The following are the reasons of why choose the NEX-3N:
- Longer battery life
- Built in Flahs
- More Cheaper
As could be expected, the features of the NEX-5R tend to be slightly better. The autofocus system is faster and slightly better than the NEX-3N. This camera also includes WI-FI with its flip-up screen, something that was noted with disappointment for the smaller NEX-3R. Because it is slightly larger than the NEX-3N, the NEX-5R did not have to sacrifice a couple of key pros, such as the accessory port. The accessory port allows the user to “build a system” to maximize the functionality. Image resolution is improved over its cousin camera, so that users get a more accurate depiction of the picture on the LCD. The flash output and burst-shooting also have better performance as the NEX-5R is large enough to contain all of the necessary parts for these improvements. With an ISO of 25,600, this camera is clearly a better choice if higher ISO is needed. Perhaps the most praised aspect of this camera over the other is that it includes a touch screen, so that users find it much easier to zoom in and select different points of interest for their pictures. The grip for the camera is also more finely tuned for the hand, giving the user better grip on the phone and slightly easier access to the buttons. It also uses 99 focus points, compared with the NEX-3N’s 25 focus points.
The following are the reasons of why choose the Sony NEX-5R:
– higher resolution screen
– Touch screen
– More focus points
– Higher ISO
– Supports an external flash
Probably the most important things to consider when comparing these two cameras is both the photographer’s experience and need. For regular consumers who are looking for a superior camera but don’t need the most advanced model, the NEX-3N is likely the better one to buy. For more experienced photographers who have certain needs for their pictures and videos, the NEX-5R offers a better picture for professional needs and noticeably better filming.