Updated (June, 2013): Compare the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Winner
Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

85

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Sony NEX-7

54

Sony NEX-7

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100

Wide aperture
Aperture
f/1.8
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
High true resolution
True resolution
20 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1200 ms startup delay
 

differences

Advantages of the Sony DSC-RX100

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Weight
Lighter
213 g vs 350 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price
Cheaper
$398.59 vs $709.56
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The best price we've seen is $311 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
1200 ms vs 2800 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
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
Sensor size
Significantly larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs Nikon CX 13.2x8.8mm
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More than 3x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 20 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,016 ISO vs 390 ISO
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The NEX-7 has excellent image quality 1.4 f-stops higher ISO than the DSC-RX100
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.4 EV vs 12.4 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22.6 bits
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Distinguishes 1.5 more bits of color
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Battery life
Longer battery life
430 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-7's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              DSC-RX100:1,229k dots
              NEX-7:921k dots
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              DSC-RX100:20 MP
              NEX-7:24 MP
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III

              Pro digicam

              $798

              Wide angle Has a slightly wider wide angle lens
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 with 16-50mm lens

              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously
              Screen resolution Has a significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              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
              Continuous shooting Doesn't shoot as fast continuously

              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Canon PowerShot S120

              Pro digicam

              $399

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
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              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 II

              Pro digicam

              $619 - $648

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weight Heavier
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348

              Zoom More zoom
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Aperture Much narrower aperture
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7

              Pro digicam

              $345 - $348

              Aperture Wider aperture
              3D Takes 3D photos
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Canon PowerShot G16

              Canon PowerShot G16

              Pro digicam

              $449

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $619 body only

              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 A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              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 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

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              Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 Sony NEX-7

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