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

Sony NEX-7

Winner
Sony NEX-7

88

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Olympus PEN E-P3

48

Olympus PEN E-P3

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.4 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

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 Significantly 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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $369.99 vs $799.97
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The best price we've seen is $430 cheaper (2.2x less)
Focus points Slightly more focus points 35 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Longest exposure Longer exposures 60s vs 30s
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2x longer exposures
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
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
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 614k dots
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50% higher resolution screen
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
Battery life Longer battery life 430 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Four thirds 17.3x13.0mm
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More than 60% larger sensor
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              3D 3D photos 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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              E-P3:35
              NEX-7:25

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $664 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $740 - $999 body only

              $870 - $1,099 with 14-42mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $784 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $670 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly higher boost light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              Nikon 1 V1

              Nikon 1 V1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $439 body only

              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker

              Olympus PEN E-P3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Olympus PEN E-PL5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $484 with 14-42mm lens

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Olympus PEN Lite E-PL3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $245 with 14-42mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Olympus PEN E-PM2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 with 14-42mm, 40-150mm lenses

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Olympus Pen E-P5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $644 body only

              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Lowest price More expensive
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $510 with 14-42mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen type Doesn't have an OLED screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 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 A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              $1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available

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