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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-F3

Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
58
Overall
55
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-F3 front
Portability
86
Imaging
57
Features
60
Overall
58

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-F3 Key Specs

Sony NEX-5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 287g - 111 x 59 x 38mm
  • Introduced June 2010
  • Later Model is Sony NEX-5N
Sony NEX-F3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 314g - 117 x 67 x 42mm
  • Released August 2012
  • Previous Model is Sony NEX-C3
  • Renewed by Sony NEX-3N
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-F3 Overview

Its time to look much closer at the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-F3, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both of them are designed by Sony. The sensor resolution of the NEX-5 (14MP) and the NEX-F3 (16MP) is fairly close and both cameras boast the identical sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The NEX-5 was manufactured 3 years before the NEX-F3 which is a fairly large gap as far as camera technology is concerned. Both of these cameras feature the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before diving straight to a in depth comparison, here is a short summary of how the NEX-5 grades versus the NEX-F3 with regard to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5 over the Sony NEX-F3

 NEX-5 NEX-F3 

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-F3 over the Sony NEX-5

 NEX-F3 NEX-5 
ReleasedAugust 2012June 2010Newer by 26 months

Common features in the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-F3

 NEX-5 NEX-F3 
Manually focus Very accurate focusing
Display typeTiltingTiltingTilting display
Display size3"3"Same display sizing
Display resolution920k920kIdentical display resolution
Selfie screen Neither includes selfie screen
Touch display Neither includes Touch display

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-F3 Physical Comparison

For those who are going to travel with your camera often, you should take into account its weight and proportions. The Sony NEX-5 features exterior measurements of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") having a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs) while the Sony NEX-F3 has measurements of 117mm x 67mm x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 314 grams (0.69 lbs).

Examine the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-F3 in the latest Camera and Lens Size Comparison Tool. Camera Size Comparison with Lenses

Take into consideration, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will differ depending on the lens you have at that moment. Below is a front view measurements comparison of the NEX-5 versus the NEX-F3.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-F3 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability score of the NEX-5 and NEX-F3 is 89 and 86 respectively.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-F3 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-F3 Sensor Comparison

Quite often, it can be difficult to picture the gap in sensor dimensions only by researching technical specs. The picture here may provide you a better sense of the sensor sizing in the NEX-5 and NEX-F3.

As you have seen, both cameras come with the identical sensor size but different resolution. You should anticipate the Sony NEX-F3 to result in greater detail due to its extra 2MP. Greater resolution will let you crop images a good deal more aggressively. The more aged NEX-5 will be behind with regard to sensor tech.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-F3 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-F3 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Portrait photography advice
Sony NEX-F3 Portrait photography advice
72
you can focus manually
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
74
you can focus manually
decent megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Street photography with Sony NEX-5
Street photography with Sony NEX-F3
76
has a tilting screen
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
76
screen tilts up and down
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Sports photography information
Sony NEX-F3 Sports photography information
52
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
lack of image stabilization
does not have phase detect AF
53
decent megapixels (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
good battery life (470 CIPA)
continuous shooting slow (6.0 frames/s)
no image stabilization
has no phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Travel photography highlights
Sony NEX-F3 Travel photography highlights
59
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
no Timelapse function
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
69
good battery life (470 per charge)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
screen is not selfie friendly
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony NEX-5
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-F3
68
you can focus manually
change lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
decent sensor resolution (14MP)
nice sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
no Timelapse function
70
you can focus manually
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen is a decent size (3 inches)
decent megapixels (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
good battery life (470 CIPA)
no image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Vlogging highlights
Sony NEX-F3 Vlogging highlights
28
video res high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
no external microphone port
27
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
screen is not selfie friendly
no image stabilization
doesn't have external mic port
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-F3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-F3
 Sony Alpha NEX-5Sony Alpha NEX-F3
General Information
Make Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha NEX-5 Sony Alpha NEX-F3
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Introduced 2010-06-07 2012-08-16
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor area 365.0mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixels 16 megapixels
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4592 x 3056 4912 x 3264
Highest native ISO 12800 16000
Lowest native ISO 200 200
RAW pictures
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
Selective AF
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
AF live view
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Total focus points 25 25
Lens
Lens support Sony E Sony E
Number of lenses 121 121
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Tilting Tilting
Screen diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Screen resolution 920 thousand dot 920 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch function
Screen technology - TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic (optional)
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30s 30s
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000s 1/4000s
Continuous shutter speed 7.0 frames/s 6.0 frames/s
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance 12.00 m -
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
External flash
Auto exposure bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash sync 1/160s 1/160s
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Highest video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 287g (0.63 pounds) 314g (0.69 pounds)
Physical dimensions 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") 117 x 67 x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 69 73
DXO Color Depth rating 22.2 22.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.2 12.3
DXO Low light rating 796 1114
Other
Battery life 330 shots 470 shots
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NPFW50 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10 sec 3 or 5 images)
Time lapse recording
Storage media SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Launch price $599 $470