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

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1200 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sigma SD1

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
60 lenses
Badge
Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
 
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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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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
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
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
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
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 15.4 MP
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Capture around 60% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 223 ms vs 382 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
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
Weight Significantly lighter 350 g vs 706 g
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2x lighter
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
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
Focus points More focus points 25 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price Cheaper $1,156.49 vs $1,394.41
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The best price we've seen is $238 cheaper (around 20% less)
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similarities

Compared to recent digital cameras

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Sensor size Large sensors Help
SD1:APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
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
True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
SD1:15.4 MP
NEX-7:24 MP
Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
Better editing
External flash Each supports an external flash Help
Better lighting
Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
SD1:Pentaprism
NEX-7:Digital
Sensor type Better sensor types Help
Better in low light
Lowest price Very expensive Help
SD1:$1,394.41
NEX-7:$1,156.49
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur
Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony A7

Sony A7

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,498 - $2,298 body only

$1,798 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$747 body only

$847 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
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$319 - $567 body only

$477 with 18-55mm lens

Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
Lens availability Much more lenses available
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is slightly heavier
Nikon D7000

Nikon D7000

Entry-level DSLR

$700 - $740 body only

$913 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
Lens availability Much more lenses available
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Canon EOS 7D

Canon EOS 7D

Pro DSLR

$999 - $1,199 body only

$1,099 - $1,478 with 28-135mm lens

Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
Thickness Is thicker
Weight Is much heavier
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,698 - $1,750 body only

$2,700 - $2,868 with 12-35mm lens

Movie format Records higher quality movies
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

Sigma SD1 Competitors

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Disadvantages

Nikon D800

Nikon D800

Pro DSLR

$2,997 - $3,297 body only

$3,797 - $4,087 with 24-85mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Movie format Shoots movies
Weight Significantly heavier
Size Larger
Pentax K-3

Pentax K-3

Entry-level DSLR

$1,044 - $1,197 body only

$1,433 - $1,547 with 18-135mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Movie format Shoots movies
Weight Heavier
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Canon EOS 5D Mark III

Pro DSLR

$3,399 body only

$3,990 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Movie format Shoots movies
Built-in flash No built-in flash
Weight Significantly heavier
Sigma DP2 Quattro

Sigma DP2 Quattro

Boutique

$954 - $999

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Interchangeable lenses Built-in lens only
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$1,097 body only

$1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

Startup delay Much less startup delay
Movie format Shoots movies
Weight Slightly heavier

Sony NEX-7 Competitors

Advantages

Disadvantages

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$648 - $649 body only

$798 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points Many more focus points
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
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 - $748 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 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 NEX-5T

Sony NEX-5T

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$349 body only

$498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Focus points Significantly more focus points
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Canon EOS M

Canon EOS M

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$300 body only

$311 - $400 with 22mm lens

Touch screen Has a touch screen
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Overall image quality Worse image quality

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