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Advantages of the Canon 7D

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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
800 shots vs 360 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
17.9 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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-6

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Size
Significantly smaller
120×67×43 mm vs 148×111×74 mm
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3.5x smaller
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Weight
Much lighter
287 g vs 860 g
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3x lighter
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 2.9"
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More than 40% thinner
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.62x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-6's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
10 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$606.49 vs $1,099.00
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The best price we've seen is $493 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Interchangeable lenses Interchangeable lenses Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              7DPentaprism
              NEX-6Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              7D1080p @ 30fps
              NEX-61080p @ 60fps
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              7D920k dots
              NEX-6921k dots

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