Updated (October, 2013): Compare the Sony A7 vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony A7

Winner
Sony A7

88

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Sony NEX-7

77

Sony NEX-7

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony A7

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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Advantages of the Sony A7

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,248 ISO vs 1,016 ISO
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The A7 has excellent image quality 1.1 f-stops higher ISO than the NEX-7
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Screen resolution Higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.8x23.9mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Overall image quality Better image quality 90.0 vs 81.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Focus points Significantly more focus points 117 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 13.4 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth Better color depth 24.8 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The A7's maximum light sensitivity is 0.7 f-stops better
Fastest shutter speed Significantly faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Lens availability More lenses available 21 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 5.5x more lenses available
Battery life Longer battery life 430 shots vs 340 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Size Significantly smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 127x94x48 mm
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2.3x smaller
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 1.9"
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More than 20% thinner
Lowest price Cheaper $732.29 vs $1,198.00
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The best price we've seen is $466 cheaper (around 40% less)
Weight Lighter 350 g vs 417 g
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Around 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              A7:90.0
              NEX-7:81.0
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              A7:14.2 EV
              NEX-7:13.4 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              A7:24.8 bits
              NEX-7:24.1 bits
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $598 - $700 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $874 - $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,249 body only

              $1,298 - $1,538 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,079 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Sony A7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,495 - $1,899 body only

              $2,299 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

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

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 - $1,200 body only

              $1,598 - $1,600 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $898 - $1,048 body only

              $1,498 - $1,649 with 16-50mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $574 body only

              $749 - $759 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 NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $395 - $689 body only

              $635 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $431 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $236 body only

              $315 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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