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

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Reasons to buy the Canon Rebel T4i

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 

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
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 
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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 $669.00 vs $809.00
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (around 20% 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 Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 21.7 bits
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Distinguishes 2.4 more bits of color
True resolution Higher true resolution 24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
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
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 223 ms vs 269 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Focus points More focus points 25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
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
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              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
              T4i:1,040k dots
              NEX-7:921k dots
              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
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support 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

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $657 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a much longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 - $899 body only

              $900 - $997 with 18-105mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 - $970 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

              $815 - $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Canon Rebel T4i Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,098 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $700 body only

              $489 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 - $700 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $574 body only

              $739 - $759 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

              $1,498 - $2,098 body only

              $569 - $1,798 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

              $473 body only

              $436 - $1,054 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $689 body only

              $635 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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