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

Sony A7

Winner
Sony A7

98

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Sony NEX-7

84

Sony NEX-7

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony A7

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
2,248 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
90.0
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
14.2 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
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
 
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Advantages of the Sony A7

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Low light performance Much 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
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
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
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
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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3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Battery life Longer battery life 430 shots vs 340 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability More lenses available 21 lenses vs 4 lenses
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Around 5.5x more lenses available
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
Lowest price Cheaper $1,074.39 vs $1,498.00
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The best price we've seen is $424 cheaper (around 30% less)
Weight Lighter 350 g vs 474 g
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Around 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 1.5" vs 1.9"
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More than 20% thinner
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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
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              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
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              A7:$1,498.00
              NEX-7:$1,074.39
              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

              $598 body only

              $748 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $748 body only

              $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $2,200 body only

              $3,100 - $3,387 with 35-100mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $999 body only

              $999 - $1,299 with 12-50mm 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
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 - $1,700 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier

              Sony A7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,899 body only

              $1,899 - $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
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,289 - $1,299 body only

              $1,698 - $1,699 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              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
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 with 24-85mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $304 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 Significantly worse image quality
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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