Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS M vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony NEX-7

Winner
Sony NEX-7

84

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Canon EOS M

68

Canon EOS M

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.4 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1200 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Size
Really small
Compact 109x66x32 mm
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon EOS M

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $289.15 vs $1,156.49
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The best price we've seen is $867 cheaper (4x less)
Focus points Slightly more focus points 31 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness Thinner 1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
Weight Lighter 298 g vs 350 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 223 ms vs 742 ms
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3.3x less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 81.0 vs 65.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.4 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Startup delay Much less startup delay 1200 ms vs 2700 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Battery life Much longer battery life 430 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,016 ISO vs 827 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Lens availability More lenses available 21 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 5.5x more lenses available
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 4.3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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 0.3 f-stops better
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
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More than 10% larger sensor
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Size Fairly small Help
              EOS M:109x66x32 mm
              NEX-7:111x59x38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              EOS M:31
              NEX-7:25
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 - $649 body only

              $798 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $499 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $509 - $664 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

              Canon EOS M Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $500 body only

              $599 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Much larger
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Samsung NX2000

              Samsung NX2000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $319 with 20-50mm lens

              Screen size Much larger screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Focus points Slightly fewer focus points
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

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              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,298 body only

              $1,798 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 - $1,020 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

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