Updated (March 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 60D vs Sony NEX-7n

Canon EOS 60D vs Sony NEX-7

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 60D

Great battery life
Battery life
1100 shots
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.4 EV
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

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Advantages of the Canon 60D

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
220 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 3.5x more lenses available
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1100 shots vs 430 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 1200 ms
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3x 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
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Much smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 145×106×79 mm
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4.9x smaller
Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Viewfinder coverage
Much better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.4 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 17.9 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
350 g vs 755 g
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2.2x lighter
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.1"
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2.1x thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 5.3 fps
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Around 90% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
223 ms vs 253 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-7's maximum light sensitivity is 2.6 f-stops better
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,016 ISO vs 813 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$659.95 vs $818.00
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The best price we've seen is $158 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              60DPentaprism
              NEX-7Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              60D1/8000s
              NEX-71/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $465 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Canon EOS 60D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $495 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Canon EOS Rebel T6i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $840 body only

              $949 - $1,039 with 28-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $849 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 - $1,698 body only

              $1,398 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $279 body only

              $350 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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