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Canon EOS 650D vs Sony NEX-7

Winner
Canon EOS 650D

55

Sony NEX-7

52

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 650D

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps

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differences

Advantages of the Canon 650D

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
220 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 3.5x more lenses available
Startup delay
Less startup delay
700 ms vs 1200 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
81.0 vs 62.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Size
Significantly smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 133×100×79 mm
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4.2x smaller
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.4 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.1"
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2.1x thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
223 ms vs 269 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Weight
Lighter
350 g vs 575 g
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Around 40% lighter
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,016 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-7's maximum light sensitivity is 0.6 f-stops better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              650D1,040k dots
              NEX-7921k dots
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              650DPentamirror
              NEX-7Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 600D

              Canon EOS 600D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $533 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 body only

              $718 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon EOS 650D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 700D

              Canon EOS 700D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $724 with 18-55mm, 55-250mm lenses

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $410 - $497 body only

              $489 - $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS 1200D

              Canon EOS 1200D

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $605 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

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