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

Sony NEX-7

Winner
Sony NEX-7

77

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Canon EOS M

59

Canon EOS M

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.4 EV
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Canon EOS M

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,040k dots
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

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
Cheaper
$235.00 vs $709.50
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The best price we've seen is $475 cheaper (3x less)
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Battery life
Much longer battery life
430 shots vs 230 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1200 ms vs 2700 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
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
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
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
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
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
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
              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 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
              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 M:31
              NEX-7:25
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $621 body only

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $400 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $520 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
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash

              Canon EOS M Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $549 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Size Much larger
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Nikon 1 J3

              Nikon 1 J3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $333 with 10-30mm lens

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 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 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $650 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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