Updated (February, 2014): Compare the Sony Alpha A6000 vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony Alpha A6000 vs Sony NEX-7

Winner
Sony Alpha A6000

100

Sony NEX-7

77

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha A6000

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Many focus points
Focus points
179
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
51,200 ISO
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
 

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)
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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differences

Advantages of the Sony A6000

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
179 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,347 ISO vs 1,016 ISO
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The A6000 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The A6000's maximum light sensitivity is 1.4 f-stops better
Weight
Lighter
285 g vs 350 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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
Size
Smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 120×67×45 mm
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More than 30% smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.4 EV vs 13.1 EV
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 1.8"
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Around 20% thinner
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$399.95 vs $548.00
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The best price we've seen is $148 cheaper (around 30% less)
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recommendations

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
              A600082.0
              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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              A600013.1 EV
              NEX-713.4 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              24.1 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
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              A6000Hybrid detection
              NEX-7Contrast detection

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $990 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Olympus OM-D E-M10

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $430 - $599 body only

              $539 - $599 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $619 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Much lower boost light sensitivity

              Sony Alpha A6000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 - $1,349 body only

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

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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

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              Avatar for iphoto27 iphoto27 (6:13 PM, April 24, 2014)
              This camera would be nice for people that are too lazy to learn photography & rely on the camera to AF and do all the work for them.

              This is a must for legal blinded people to shoot and get sharp images like some of the claimed pro photographers that shoot RAW and correct mistakes in Photoshop.

              Making a camera that even a 4 years child can take pictures like a professional.


              Canon & Nikon will soon copy.

              Way to go Sony!
               
              Avatar for andyken andyken (5:22 PM, March 04, 2014)
              Very exciting new camera. A few corrections: A6000 has better phase detect/hybrid focus vs contrast detect on nex 7. NO nex or Sony e-mount camera has built in image stabilisation - Snapsort seems to list half the nex range as having ois and half as not having it, no E-mount cameras do! BionzX is a big improvement in image processing, but Snapsort don't seem to have a category for that. Both cameras have self cleaning sensors. No way would Sony release a non-sensor cleaning interchangeable lens camera.