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

Sony A7 vs Sony NEX-7

Winner
Sony A7

90

Sony NEX-7

77

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony A7

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Phase detection video autofocus
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fast and accurate
Many focus points
Focus points
117
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
350 g

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differences

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
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Overall image quality
Better image quality
90.0 vs 81.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Focus points
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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0.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.8 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The A7's maximum light sensitivity is 1.4 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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1200 ms vs 1700 ms
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Around 30% less delay when turning on
Lens availability
More lenses available
21 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 5.5x more lenses available
Size
Smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 127×94×48 mm
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2.3x smaller
Battery life
Longer battery life
430 shots vs 340 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
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
$399.95 vs $990.00
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The best price we've seen is $590 cheaper (2.5x less)
Weight
Lighter
350 g vs 417 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent mirrorless cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              A790.0
              NEX-781.0
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              A714.2 EV
              NEX-713.4 EV
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              A724.8 bits
              NEX-724.1 bits
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              A7Hybrid detection
              NEX-7Contrast detection
              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

              $548 body only

              $698 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
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $1,010 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $479 - $999 body only

              $499 - $1,140 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,238 - $1,345 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

              Sony A7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 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
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,149 - $1,299 body only

              $1,467 - $1,899 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,249 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $3,099 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 A7S

              Sony A7S

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $600 - $2,498 body only

              $2,998 - $3,000 with 28-70mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $619 body only

              $879 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 Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Battery life Slightly 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

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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              Tracy (11:09 AM, March 19, 2015)
              When will there be comparison or info on the A7 II?