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

Canon EOS 7D

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Canon EOS 7D

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Sony NEX-7

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Sony NEX-7

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Reasons to buy the Canon EOS 7D

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
131 ms shutter lag
Slightly more lenses available
Lens availability
197 lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.4 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

differences

Advantages of the Canon 7D

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
197 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 9.5x more lenses available
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
800 shots vs 430 shots
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Around 90% 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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
131 ms vs 223 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Size
Much smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 148x111x74 mm
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4.9x smaller
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.4 EV vs 11.7 EV
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1.7 f-stops more 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
Much lighter
350 g vs 860 g
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2.5x lighter
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22 bits
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Distinguishes 2.1 more bits of color
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 2.9"
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Around 50% thinner
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 1.3 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
10 fps vs 8 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,016 ISO vs 854 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Cheaper
$729.84 vs $999.00
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The best price we've seen is $269 cheaper (around 30% 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 Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              7D:920k dots
              NEX-7:921k dots
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              7D:17.9 MP
              NEX-7:24 MP
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              7D: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
              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
              7D:Pentaprism
              NEX-7:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $892 - $1,097 body only

              $1,197 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
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Canon EOS 7D Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,519 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Size Slightly larger

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $641 body only

              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

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 - $689 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 Significantly lower true resolution
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $650 with 16-50mm lens

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

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              Showing 5 comments

              joe B (7:09 AM, September 20, 2014)
              The NEX7 has many many many more lenses available with the proper adapters. In fact it can use Canon full frame lenses.
               
              Avatar for Dawood Suliman Hashmi Dawood Suliman Hashmi (6:07 PM, March 31, 2013)
              so, which should i buy???cause in many points sony has won but still the credit has gone to canon!
               
              Gus1 (10:15 AM, March 06, 2013)
              Great comparison! Very helpful indeed. Has led me to make the right choice for my needs! Thankyou!
               
              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (0:49 PM, September 07, 2011)
              Glad we could help
               
              Ruwan_w (0:47 PM, September 07, 2011)
              Awesome comparison!! Could not find this anywhere else on the net!!!