Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Canon EOS 7D MII 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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
131 ms shutter lag
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
197 lenses
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

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
 
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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 Significantly 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
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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 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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              7D:$999.00
              NEX-7:$949.00
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,394 - $1,397 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 EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,257 body only

              $1,330 with 18-105mm 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 body only

              $1,345 - $1,398 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

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              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,155 body only

              $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Canon EOS 7D MII

              Pro DSLR

              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen size Larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

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

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,180 - $2,199 body only

              $2,889 - $3,639 with 24-105mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $748 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              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

              $399 - $529 body only

              $500 - $779 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 - $2,298 body only

              $1,770 - $1,998 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

              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 NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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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!!!