Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Sony NEX-5R vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony NEX-7

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Sony NEX-7

84

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Sony NEX-5N

79

Sony NEX-5N

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1200 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
235 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
460 shots
 
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 0.7 f-stops better
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,079 ISO vs 1,016 ISO
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The NEX-5N has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Longer battery life 460 shots vs 430 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight Lighter 269 g vs 350 g
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More than 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 1200 ms vs 1900 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Overall image quality Better image quality 81.0 vs 77.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.4 EV vs 12.7 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 23.6 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 223 ms vs 235 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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        Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

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        3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
        View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
        Overall image quality Good image quality Help
        NEX-5N:77.0
        NEX-7:81.0
        Supports 24p 24p support Help
        For that film look
        Color depth Good color depth Help
        NEX-5N:23.6 bits
        NEX-7:24.1 bits
        Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
        NEX-5N:12.7 EV
        NEX-7:13.4 EV
        Battery life Great battery life Help
        NEX-5N:460 shots
        NEX-7:430 shots
        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
        Size Fairly small Help
        Compact 111x59x38 mm
        Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
        Avoids dust in your photos
        External flash Each supports an external flash Help
        Better lighting
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        25
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

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        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $648 - $649 body only

        $798 - $810 with 16-50mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Focus points Has much more focus points
        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $399 - $748 body only

        $500 - $779 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Has significantly more focus points
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Sony NEX-5T

        Sony NEX-5T

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $349 body only

        $498 - $520 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Has significantly more focus points
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Sony NEX-5R

        Sony NEX-5R

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $499 with 18-55mm lens

        Focus points Has significantly more focus points
        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 - $1,020 with 16-50mm lens

        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
        Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
        Sony A7

        Sony A7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,498 - $2,298 body only

        $1,798 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

        Low light performance Is much less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $300 body only

        $311 - $400 with 22mm lens

        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos

        Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Battery life Slightly longer battery life
        Built-in flash Built-in flash
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Touch screen No touch screen

        Sony NEX-7 Competitors

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        No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony NEX-7.

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        Avatar for juan delgado juan delgado (9:38 PM, April 17, 2012)
        iv bought the 5n and returned it one week and 6days later and bought the a65 very happy..... biggest difference is 5n is smaller in my hands it felt like i was bound to break something soon nex7 is almost pro like comes with a good lens too + :-)
         
        Mardicronin (4:20 AM, April 17, 2012)
        I'm very interested in these cameras but wondering what the biggest difference would be between the two. Is it worth the extra $$ or should I settle for the nex5??
         
        CITO (5:47 AM, January 16, 2012)
        my only problem with the nex 7 is the ugly pop up flash, it should have been built in camera above viewfinder (like a DSC-W180 cybershots flash) SCARED ILL DROP IT AND FLASH HITS SOMETHING WHILE POPPED OPEN
         
        Avatar for Daniel Kuntz Daniel Kuntz (1:39 PM, January 07, 2012)
        Actually the NEX 5N's body is magnesium alloy. But I do agree that it feels plasticky.
         
        Avatar for Ji Hoon Yoon Ji Hoon Yoon (3:39 AM, December 06, 2011)
        The NEX 7 actually drains battery faster when using the viewfinder due to the fact that it's an EVF, not an OVF. Doesn't save battery life at all.
         
        Sadasddas (7:06 PM, December 02, 2011)
        wow, what?
         
        Lanson Chua (1:20 PM, October 20, 2011)
        Thanks Jokapro, and that looks better. I have seen the NEX5N`s lens, the finishing feel & look so coarse and unpolished. The body is so plasticky too. Waiting for NEX 7.
         
        Jokapr07 (0:02 PM, October 20, 2011)
        If you are basing your assumption on the photo above, the NEX-7 in the picture has the 50mm 1.8 lens on it as opposed to the 18-55mm 3.5-5.6 lens.  And yes the NEX-5N can use the 50mm 1.8 lens.  
         
        Lanson Chua (4:04 PM, September 25, 2011)
        NEX-5N lens has a terrible proportion to its body. It is a pissed off. It has ruin the portability completely. Can the slimmer one on NEX-7 used on NEX-5N?
         
        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (5:04 PM, August 24, 2011)
        Hi Tom, thanks for pointing out those mistakes, in our effort to get the new cameras up on the site quickly we have made a mistake or two! We'll get those fixed asap.
         
        Avatar for Tom Long Tom Long (4:59 PM, August 24, 2011)
        On the NEX-7, you have the high ISO as 160,000.  The Sony site has 16,000.  On the NEX-5N the max and min shutter speeds are reversed.  Greatly enjoy your site.  Very helpful.