Updated (March 2013): Compare the Olympus PEN E-P3 vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony NEX-7 vs Olympus PEN E-P3

Winner
Sony NEX-7

76

Olympus PEN E-P3

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.4 EV
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Touch screen
Touch screen
Fewer buttons
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
900 ms startup delay
Screen type
OLED Screen
Bright and vivid

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Advantages of the Olympus E-P3

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen type
Has an OLED screen
OLED vs LCD
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OLED screens are often brighter and more vibrant than typical LCD screens
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
More lenses available
108 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 70% more lenses available
Startup delay
Less startup delay
900 ms vs 1200 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Longest exposure
Much longer exposures
60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
35 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.3" vs 1.5"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$499.00 vs $659.95
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The best price we've seen is $161 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Overall image quality
Much better image quality
81.0 vs 51.0
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Around 60% better image quality
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.4 EV vs 10.1 EV
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4.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 20.8 bits
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Distinguishes 3.3 more bits of color
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 614k dots
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50% higher resolution screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,016 ISO vs 536 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Battery life
Longer battery life
430 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The NEX-7's maximum light sensitivity is 6.6 f-stops better
Size
Slightly smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 122×69×34 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Weight
Slightly lighter
350 g vs 369 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Size Fairly small Help
              E-P3122×69×34 mm
              NEX-7111×59×38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Thickness Thin Help
              E-P31.3"
              NEX-71.5"
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-P335
              NEX-725
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $605 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $1,099 body only

              $499 - $999 with 14-42mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $290 body only

              $381 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly higher boost light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panorama Lacks built-in panoramas
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

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

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $380 - $599 body only

              $460 - $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $642 - $799 body only

              $1,249 with 17mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $591 body only

              $230 with 14-42mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $487 with 14-42mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $849 with 14-42mm lens

              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $494 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 - $1,698 body only

              $1,398 - $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $481 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

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