Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon PowerShot G1X vs Sony NEX-7n

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Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1200 ms startup delay
 
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Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Lowest price Cheaper $526.49 vs $1,099.95
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The best price we've seen is $573 cheaper (2.1x less)
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 81.0 vs 60.0
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Around 40% better image quality
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 223 ms vs 697 ms
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3.1x less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.4 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.6 f-stops more dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size Smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 117x81x65 mm
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2.5x smaller
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Startup delay Less startup delay 1200 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 1.9 fps
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Around 5.5x faster continuous shooting
Battery life Longer battery life 430 shots vs 250 shots
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More than 70% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm
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More than 40% larger sensor
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,016 ISO vs 644 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 2.6"
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More than 40% thinner
Weight Lighter 350 g vs 492 g
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Around 30% lighter
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              G1X:920k dots
              NEX-7:921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              G1X:Four thirds 18.7x14.0mm
              NEX-7:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G1X:Tunnel
              NEX-7:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $322 body only

              $300 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $1,199 - $1,299

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much closer macro focusing
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449 - $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II

              Boutique

              $749 - $799

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G15

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $419 - $499

              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $547

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon PowerShot G12

              Canon PowerShot G12

              Pro digicam

              $515

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $748 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $529 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $2,298 body only

              $1,775 - $1,998 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

              $890 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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