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

Sony NEX-7 vs Canon EOS M

Winner
Sony NEX-7

77

Canon EOS M

59

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

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

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Size
Really small
Compact 109x66x32 mm
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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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
Thickness
Thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Cheaper
$239.00 vs $498.00
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The best price we've seen is $259 cheaper (2.1x less)
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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1200 ms vs 2700 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
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
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
430 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 2 more bits of color
Low light performance
Slightly 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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 4.3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
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
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks 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
              Size Fairly small Help
              EOS M109x66x32 mm
              NEX-7111x59x38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              EOS M31
              NEX-725
              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

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $435 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $466 - $569 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS M3

              Canon EOS M3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $885 - $886 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Lowest price More expensive
              Size Larger
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $549 body only

              $499 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Significantly larger
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Size Much larger
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $641 body only

              Focus points 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

              $899 - $1,698 body only

              $1,400 - $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly 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

              $473 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

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