Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Sigma SD1 vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony NEX-7 vs Sigma SD1

Sony NEX-7
Sigma SD1

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Really small
Size
Compact 111x59x38 mm
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1200 ms startup delay
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Sigma SD1

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

galleries

Explore our gallery of 2 sample photos taken by the Sigma SD1. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-7.

differences

Advantages of the Sigma SD1

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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
More lenses available
60 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 3x more lenses available
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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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1200 ms vs 4500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Size
Much smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 146x113x80 mm
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5.3x smaller
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
223 ms vs 382 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 15.4 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Weight
Significantly lighter
350 g vs 706 g
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2x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.1"
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2.1x thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
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
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Cheaper
$498.00 vs $1,169.85
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The best price we've seen is $672 cheaper (2.3x less)
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recommendations

Snapsort can't make a recommendation (yet) because it doesn't have enough data yet about the Sigma SD1.

similarities

Compared to recent digital cameras

Common Strengths
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
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
SD1Pentaprism
NEX-7Digital
Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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competitors

Shared Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$448 - $548 body only

$598 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Has image stabilization
Focus points Has much more focus points
Sony A7

Sony A7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$998 - $1,698 body only

$1,298 - $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$748 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
Lens availability Much more lenses available
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is significantly heavier
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$649 - $650 body only

$620 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$647 - $697 body only

$579 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier

Sigma SD1 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Nikon D800

Nikon D800

Pro DSLR

$2,799 body only

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Autofocus Video autofocus
Size Larger
Weight Significantly heavier
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$2,499 body only

$2,960 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Movie format Shoots movies
Weight Heavier
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Nikon D610

Nikon D610

Pro DSLR

$1,325 - $1,497 body only

$1,699 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Autofocus Video autofocus
Weight Slightly heavier
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$997 - $1,197 body only

$1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Autofocus Video autofocus
Canon EOS 6D

Canon EOS 6D

Pro DSLR

$1,399 body only

$1,611 - $1,990 with 24-105mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Movie format Shoots movies
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Viewfinder coverage Less viewfinder coverage

Sony NEX-7 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$648 body only

Focus points Significantly 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

$348 - $448 body only

$498 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points Many more focus points
Autofocus Faster autofocus
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

Weight Lighter
Lowest price Slightly cheaper
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Sony NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5T

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$299 body only

$640 with 16-50mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Focus points Significantly more focus points
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX-5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$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 Lower true resolution

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