Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

95

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Sony NEX-7

52

Sony NEX-7

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Great image quality
Overall image quality
93.0
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1100 ms startup delay
Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,534 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
223 ms shutter lag
 

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX1

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
93.0 vs 81.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 35.8x23.8mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
2,534 ISO vs 1,016 ISO
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The DSC-RX1 has excellent image quality 1.3 f-stops higher ISO than the NEX-7
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The DSC-RX1's maximum light sensitivity is 0.7 f-stops better
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.3 EV vs 13.4 EV
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0.9 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
25.1 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
1100 ms vs 1200 ms
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Around 10% less delay when turning on
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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
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
Size
Smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 113x65x70 mm
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2.1x smaller
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$729.84 vs $2,798.00
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The best price we've seen is $2,068 cheaper (3.8x less)
Thickness
Thinner
1.5" vs 2.8"
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Around 50% thinner
Battery life
Longer battery life
430 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
223 ms vs 271 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Weight
Lighter
350 g vs 498 g
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Around 30% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              True resolution Capture extremely high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              DSC-RX1:93.0
              NEX-7:81.0
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              DSC-RX1:1,229k dots
              NEX-7:921k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              DSC-RX1:Full frame 35.8x23.8mm
              NEX-7:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              DSC-RX1:14.3 EV
              NEX-7:13.4 EV
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              DSC-RX1:25.1 bits
              NEX-7:24.1 bits
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $444 - $448 body only

              $598 - $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

              Pro digicam

              $498 - $578

              Wide angle Has a significantly wider wide angle lens
              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R

              Boutique

              $2,485 - $2,798

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Wide angle Much better wide angle
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 - $3,399 body only

              $3,699 - $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Significantly larger
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Fujifilm FinePix X100s

              Boutique

              $850 - $1,299

              Macro focus Significantly better macro capability
              Lowest price Much cheaper
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $587 body only

              $968 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

              $299 - $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm 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 Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $527 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $630 - $640 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

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