Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon Rebel T5i vs Sony NEX-7n

Canon Rebel T4i

Winner
Canon Rebel T4i

60

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Sony NEX-7

57

Sony NEX-7

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
197 lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.4 EV
 
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differences

Advantages of the Canon T4i

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Lens availability Much more lenses available 197 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 9.5x more lenses available
Startup delay Less startup delay 700 ms vs 1200 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,040k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 10% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $650.00 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $99 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 81.0 vs 62.0
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More than 30% better image quality
Size Significantly smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 133x99x78 mm
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4.2x smaller
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.4 EV vs 11.2 EV
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2.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 3.1"
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2.1x thinner
Weight Lighter 350 g vs 575 g
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Around 40% lighter
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,016 ISO vs 722 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
Focus points More focus points 25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 223 ms vs 269 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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 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 resolution High resolution screens Help
              T4i:1,040k dots
              NEX-7:921k dots
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              T4i:17.9 MP
              NEX-7:24 MP
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              T4i:APS-C 22.3x14.9mm
              NEX-7:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              T4i:12,800 ISO
              NEX-7:16,000 ISO
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              T4i:Pentamirror
              NEX-7:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,231 body only

              $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Viewfinder Doesn't have a viewfinder
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $500 body only

              $599 - $743 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              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

              $493 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 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 body only

              $1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $680 - $799 body only

              $880 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $784 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

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