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

Canon PowerShot G1X vs Sony NEX-7

Winner
Canon PowerShot G1X

73

Sony NEX-7

54

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Canon PowerShot G1X

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Tunnel
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Usually standard
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1200 ms startup delay
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits

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differences

Advantages of the Canon G1X

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Longest exposure
Longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$407.06 vs $594.89
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The best price we've seen is $188 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
223 ms vs 697 ms
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3.1x less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
81.0 vs 60.0
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Around 40% better image quality
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.4 EV vs 10.8 EV
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2.9 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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Size
Smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 117×81×65 mm
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2.5x smaller
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture around 70% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1200 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
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
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 2.6"
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More than 40% thinner
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
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 0.6 f-stops better
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              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
              G1X920k dots
              NEX-7921k dots
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              G1XTunnel
              NEX-7Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $448 - $498

              Aperture Has a significantly wider aperture
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $605 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $240 body only

              $315 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

              Canon PowerShot G1X Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Aperture Significantly wider aperture
              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

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

              Canon PowerShot G15

              Pro digicam

              $780

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

              Nikon Coolpix P7800

              Pro digicam

              $500

              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

              $971

              Macro focus Much better macro capability
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution 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 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 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
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $284 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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