Updated (May, 2013): Compare the Olympus Pen E-P5 vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony NEX-7 vs Olympus PEN E-P3

Winner
Sony NEX-7

77

Olympus PEN E-P3

46

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Olympus PEN E-P3

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

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differences

Advantages of the Olympus E-P3

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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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
40 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 90% 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
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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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3.3 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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
Help
Get that real film feel
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 614k dots
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50% higher resolution screen
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
Help
Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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 3.3 f-stops better
Lowest price
Cheaper
$498.00 vs $1,344.51
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The best price we've seen is $847 cheaper (2.7x less)
Size
Slightly smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 122x69x34 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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recommendations

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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
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much higher boost light sensitivity
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              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

              $555 - $1,049 body only

              $499 - $1,300 with 14-42mm lens

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

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $454 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $220 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-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $649 - $699 body only

              $1,049 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
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $409 body only

              $499 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Olympus PEN E-P1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $199 body only

              $390 with 14-42mm lens

              Color depth Better color depth
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $891 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 A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $998 - $1,498 body only

              $1,298 - $1,798 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 A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

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

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