As well as being compared against other mirrorless, the Sony NEX-7 is also often compared to entry-level DSLRs, pro DSLRs and pro digicams. The Sony NEX-7's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha NEX-6 and the Alpha A5100) and Nikon (such as the 1 V1 and the 1 V2)

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX 7 compared to other mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it records higher quality movies (1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps), has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 16 MP), records movies in 24p and has a screen which flips out.

However, on average it doesn't record high-speed movies (none vs 1,200 fps), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs sensor shift), doesn't have a touch screen, doesn't shoot as fast continuously (10 fps vs 60 fps) and users slower contrast detection autofocus (contrast detection vs phase detection).

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6
1 year newer
$606 (body only)

Significant advantages of the NEX-6 (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-6 (vs the NEX 7)

  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • Significantly lower true resolution: 16 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the NEX-6 and NEX 7

  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×43 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Light weight: 287 g vs 350 g
  • Thin: 1.7" vs 1.5"

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100
3 years newer
$363 - $448 (body only)
$450 - $548 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A5100 (vs the NEX 7)

  • Has a touch screen
  • Faster autofocus: Phase detection vs Contrast detection

Significant disadvantages of the A5100 (vs the NEX 7)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Lacks an external mic jack
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the A5100 and NEX 7

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Fairly small: Compact (110×63×36 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Thin: 1.4" vs 1.5"

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000
2 years newer
$379 - $498 (body only)
$479 - $598 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A6000 (vs the NEX 7)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs None

Significant disadvantages of the A6000 (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the A6000 and NEX 7

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fairly small: Mid size (120×67×45 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Nikon 1 V1

Nikon 1 V1
similar age
$436 (body only)

Significant advantages of the V1 (vs the NEX 7)

  • Records high-speed movies: 1,200 fps vs None
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 10 fps

Significant disadvantages of the V1 (vs the NEX 7)

  • No 24p support
  • Screen does not flip out
  • Much lower true resolution: 10 MP vs 24 MP

common strengths of the V1 and NEX 7

  • Focus continuously recording movies
  • Have external mic jacks
  • Fairly small: Mid size (113×76×44 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)

Fujifilm X-M1

Fujifilm X-M1
1 year newer
$328 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the X-M1 (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the X-M1 (vs the NEX 7)

  • No 24p support
  • No viewfinder: None vs Digital
  • Lacks an external mic jack

common strengths of the X-M1 and NEX 7

  • Fairly small: Mid size (117×67×39 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Thin: 1.5" vs 1.5"
  • Light weight: 330 g vs 350 g

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II
5 years newer
$1,699 - $2,049 (body only)
$1,998 12-40mm lens

Significant advantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the NEX 7)

  • Image stabilization:
    1. Sensor shift
    vs None
  • Has a touch screen
  • Shoots much faster: 60 fps vs 10 fps

Significant disadvantages of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II (vs the NEX 7)

  • Significantly larger: Prosumer size (134×91×67 mm) vs Compact (111×59×38 mm)
  • Significantly thicker: 2.6" vs 1.5"
  • Significantly heavier: 574 g vs 350 g

common strengths of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II and NEX 7

  • Have external mic jacks

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i
1 year newer
$1,095 (body only)
$539 - $549 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the T5i (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T5i (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the T5i and NEX 7

  • None found

Canon Rebel T2i

Canon EOS Rebel T2i
1 year older

Significant advantages of the T2i (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T2i (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the T2i and NEX 7

  • None found

Pentax K-S2

Pentax K-S2
3 years newer
$551 (body only)
$1,176 18-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-S2 (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the K-S2 (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-S2 and NEX 7

  • None found

Canon EOS Rebel T6i

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
3 years newer
$549 (body only)
$729 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

Significant advantages of the T6i (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the T6i (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the T6i and NEX 7

  • None found

Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100
4 months older
$372 (body only)

Significant advantages of the D5100 (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5100 (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5100 and NEX 7

  • None found

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300
2 years newer
$474 (body only)
$459 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the D5300 (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the D5300 (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the D5300 and NEX 7

  • None found

compared toPro DSLR competitors

Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II
2 years newer
$1,198 (body only)
$1,798 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the A77 II (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the A77 II (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the A77 II and NEX 7

  • None found

Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D
2 years older
$1,099 (body only)
$1,418 18-135mm lens

Significant advantages of the 7D (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 7D (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the 7D and NEX 7

  • None found

Canon EOS 60D

Canon EOS 60D
1 year older
$555 (body only)

Significant advantages of the 60D (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the 60D (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the 60D and NEX 7

  • None found

compared toPro digicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony NEX 7 compared to pro digicam competitors include: it takes slightly higher resolution photos (24 MP vs 20 MP), has an external mic jack, has a significantly longer battery life (430 shots vs 320 shots), has interchangeable lenses and has higher quality type of viewfinder (digital vs none).

However, on average it has a slightly lower resolution screen (921k dots vs 1,229k dots), doesn't have image stabilization (none vs lens), is older (august 2011 vs may 2014), is slightly more expensive ($736.89 vs $492.19) and slightly shorter exposures (30 seconds vs 60 seconds).

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15)
5 years newer

Significant advantages of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the Lumix DMC-LX10 (Lumix DMC-LX15) and NEX 7

  • None found

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000
1 year older
$496 - $498

Significant advantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-FZ1000 (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the DMC-FZ1000 and NEX 7

  • None found

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100
9 months newer
$403 - $448

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 and NEX 7

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II
1 year newer
$598

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 II (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 II and NEX 7

  • None found

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III
2 years newer
$510 - $748

Significant advantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-RX100 III (vs the NEX 7)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSC-RX100 III and NEX 7

  • None found