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GENERAL
Model Sony Alpha a5000 Sony Alpha NEX-3N Sony Alpha a5100
Release Date 2014-01-07 2013-02-25 2014-08-17
Camera Type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Current Price $469.99 $353.61 $348.00
SENSOR COMPARISON
Sensor Resolution
20

Megapixel

16

Megapixel

24

Megapixel

Max Image Dimensions 5456 x 3632 4912 x 3264 6000 x 4000
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS CMOS
Sensor Size APS-C APS-C APS-C
Sensor Dimensions 23.2 x 15.4 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm 23.5 x 15.6 mm
Sensor Area
357mm2
366mm2
366mm2
Max ISO

16000

16000

25600

Min ISO

100

200

100

RAW Support
SHOOTING FEATURES COMPARISON
Model Sony Alpha a5000 Sony Alpha NEX-3N Sony Alpha a5100
Max Shutter Speed 1/4000 sec 1/4000 sec 1/4000 sec
Min Shutter Speed 30 sec 30 sec 30 sec
Continuous Shooting 4 fps 4 fps 6 fps
Shutter Priority
Aperture Priority
Manual Exposure
Exposure Compensation 3 (at 1/3 EV steps) 3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Exposure Metering
  • MultiCenter-weightedSpot
  • MultiCenter-weightedSpot
Auto Exposure Bracketing 3 (3 frames at 1/3 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps) 3 (3, 5 frames at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV, 2/3 EV, 1 EV, 2 EV steps)
Custom White Balance
Image Stabilizer No No No
Built-in Flash
Flash Range 4.00 m (at ISO 100) n/a 4.00 m (at ISO 100)
Max Flash Sync 1/160s 1/160s n/a
Flash Modes Flash off, Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear Sync., Slow Sync., Red-eye reduction n/a Flash off, auto, fill-flaw, slow sync, redeye reduction
External Flash
AE Bracketing
WB Bracketing
VIEWFINDER COMPARISON
Viewfinder Type None None None
Viewfinder Resolution no electronic viewfinder no electronic viewfinder no electronic viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage n/a n/a n/a
Viewfinder Magnification n/a n/a n/a
LCD DISPLAY COMPARISON
Display Type Tilting Tilting Tilting
Technology TFT LCD with 180 upward tilt n/a n/a
Screen Size
3"
3"
3"
Resolution 461k dots 460k dots 922k dots
Live View
Touch Screen
VIDEO COMPARISON
Model Sony Alpha a5000 Sony Alpha NEX-3N Sony Alpha a5100
Video Resolution 1920 x 1080 (60i/24p), 1440 x 1080 (25 fps), 640 x 480 (25 fps) 1920 x 1080 1920 x 1080 (60p, 60i, 24p), 1440 x 1080 (30p, 25p), 1280 x 720 (120p), 640 x 480 (30p, 25p)
Video File Format
  • MPEG-4
  • AVCHD
  • MPEG-4
  • AVCHD
  • MPEG-4
  • AVCHD
  • XAVC S
Microphone Type Stereo Stereo Stereo
Speaker Type None Mono Mono
External Microphone Port
External Headphone Port
PHYSICAL SPECS COMPARISON
Weight 269 g 269 g 283 g
Dimensions 110 x 63 x 36 mm 110 x 62 x 35 mm 110 x 63 x 36 mm
Body Sealing No No No
BATTERY and STORAGE
Battery Type Battery Pack Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Life

420 Shots

480 Shots

400 Shots

Storage Media SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
CONNECTIVITY COMPARISON
Wireless Connectivity Built-In None Built-In
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
LENS COMPARISON
Model Sony Alpha a5000 Sony Alpha NEX-3N Sony Alpha a5100
Lens Mount Sony E Sony E Sony E (NEX)
Focal Range(35mm) No Lens No Lens No Lens
Focal Length Multiplier 1.5x 1.5× 1.5x
Optical Zoom No Lens No Lens No Lens
Max Aperture No Lens No Lens No Lens
Macro Focus Range No Lens No Lens No Lens
Manual Focus
AUTOFOCUS COMPARISON
Number of Focus Points 25 25 179
Contrast Detection
Phase Detection
AF Modes
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Tracking
  • AF Selective
  • AF Center
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
  • Face Detection
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Selective
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
  • AF Touch
  • AF Continuous
  • AF Single
  • AF Tracking
  • AF Selective
  • AF Center
  • AF Multi Area
  • AF Live View
  • Face Detection
Current Price $469.99 $353.61 $348.00