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

Sony NEX-7

Winner
Sony NEX-7

77

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Sony NEX-5N

73

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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differences

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
Battery life Longer battery life 460 shots vs 430 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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
Weight Lighter 269 g vs 350 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $561.51 vs $809.00
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The best price we've seen is $247 cheaper (more than 30% less)
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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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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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              NEX-5N:23.6 bits
              NEX-7:24.1 bits
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              NEX-5N:460 shots
              NEX-7:430 shots
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              NEX-5N:12.7 EV
              NEX-7:13.4 EV
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              25
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              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

              $548 body only

              $698 - $700 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              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

              $574 body only

              $749 - $759 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $525 body only

              $630 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $436 - $1,054 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $398 - $410 with 16-50mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,098 body only

              $569 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $329 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm 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

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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.