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Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-F3

Portability
89
Imaging
59
Features
76
Overall
65
Sony Alpha NEX-5R front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-F3 front
Portability
86
Imaging
59
Features
60
Overall
59

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-F3 Key Specs

Sony NEX-5R
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 25600
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 276g - 111 x 59 x 39mm
  • Announced August 2012
  • Replaced the Sony NEX-5N
  • New Model is Sony NEX-5T
Sony NEX-F3
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 200 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 314g - 117 x 67 x 42mm
  • Introduced August 2012
  • Earlier Model is Sony NEX-C3
  • Newer Model is Sony NEX-3N
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Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-F3 Overview

In this article, we will be matching up the Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-F3, both Entry-Level Mirrorless cameras and both are sold by Sony. The resolution of the NEX-5R (16MP) and the NEX-F3 (16MP) is relatively close and they enjoy the same exact sensor sizes (APS-C).

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The NEX-5R was launched within a month of the NEX-F3 which means that they are both of a similar age. Each of these cameras offer the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before we go in to a full comparison, below is a brief highlight of how the NEX-5R matches up vs the NEX-F3 in regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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

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

 NEX-F3 NEX-5R 

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

 NEX-5R NEX-F3 
IntroducedAugust 2012August 2012Same age
Manual focus More accurate focusing
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen sizing3"3"Equivalent screen dimensions
Screen resolution920k920kEqual screen resolution
Selfie screen Neither offers selfie screen

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-F3 Physical Comparison

For anyone who is intending to lug around your camera frequently, you should take into account its weight and measurements. The Sony NEX-5R offers physical dimensions of 111mm x 59mm x 39mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") along with a weight of 276 grams (0.61 lbs) and the Sony NEX-F3 has proportions of 117mm x 67mm x 42mm (4.6" x 2.6" x 1.7") with a weight of 314 grams (0.69 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an ILC will change based on the lens you choose during that time. Following is the front view measurement comparison of the NEX-5R vs the NEX-F3.

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

Taking into consideration dimensions and weight, the portability score of the NEX-5R and NEX-F3 is 89 and 86 respectively.

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

Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-F3 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it can be difficult to visualise the difference in sensor measurements just by looking through specs. The photograph below should provide you a greater sense of the sensor dimensions in the NEX-5R and NEX-F3.

As you can plainly see, the two cameras offer the same exact sensor sizing and the identical megapixels therefore you can expect comparable quality of images though you would want to factor the age of the cameras into account.

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

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

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

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Portrait photography advice
Sony NEX-F3 Portrait photography advice
75
has manual focus
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
75
you can focus manually
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-5R as a Street photography camera
Sony NEX-F3 as a Street photography camera
80
screen tilts
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
comes with focus via touch
very good high ISO (25,600)
no image stabilization
76
screen tilts
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Sports photography info
Sony NEX-F3 Sports photography info
69
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
comes with tracking focus
comes with phase detect autofocus
no image stabilization
54
good resolution (16MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
great battery pack (470 per charge)
max frames per second low (6.0 frames per second)
lack of image stabilization
does not have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Sony NEX-5R Travel photography factors
Sony NEX-F3 Travel photography factors
74
comes with focus via touch
resolution is good (16MP)
does not feature selfie friendly display
70
great battery pack (470 shots)
good resolution (16MP)
built-in flash
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
does not contain selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Sony NEX-5R
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-F3
76
has manual focus
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
resolution is good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
very good high ISO (25,600)
supports RAW formats
no image stabilization
71
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
good resolution (16 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
supports RAW formats
great battery pack (470 shots)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have Time Lapse recording
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-5R as a Vlogging camera
Sony NEX-F3 as a Vlogging camera
31
touchscreen enabled
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
does not feature selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
no microphone port
28
high video quality (1920 x 1080 pixels)
does not contain selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have mic jack
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Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-F3 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5R and Sony NEX-F3
 Sony Alpha NEX-5RSony Alpha NEX-F3
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha NEX-5R Sony Alpha NEX-F3
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Entry-Level Mirrorless
Announced 2012-08-29 2012-08-16
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Bionz Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 23.4 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 365.0mm²
Sensor resolution 16 megapixel 16 megapixel
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Peak resolution 4912 x 3264 4912 x 3264
Highest native ISO 25600 16000
Lowest native ISO 100 200
RAW format
Autofocusing
Focus manually
Touch focus
Autofocus continuous
Single autofocus
Autofocus tracking
Selective autofocus
Center weighted autofocus
Multi area autofocus
Autofocus live view
Face detect autofocus
Contract detect autofocus
Phase detect autofocus
Total focus points 99 25
Lens
Lens mount type Sony E Sony E
Total lenses 121 121
Crop factor 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Tilting Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Resolution of display 920k dot 920k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Display technology Tilt Up 180� Down 50� TFT LCD TFT Xtra Fine LCD
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder Electronic (optional) Electronic (optional)
Features
Min shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Max shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shutter speed 10.0 frames per sec 6.0 frames per sec
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom white balance
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash distance no built-in flash -
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Max flash sync 1/160 secs 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
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 data format AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic input
Headphone input
Connectivity
Wireless Built-In Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 276 gr (0.61 lbs) 314 gr (0.69 lbs)
Dimensions 111 x 59 x 39mm (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 78 73
DXO Color Depth rating 23.7 22.7
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.1 12.3
DXO Low light rating 910 1114
Other
Battery life 330 photographs 470 photographs
Battery format 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 With downloadable app
Type of storage SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots One One
Price at release $750 $470