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

Sony NEX-7

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Sony NEX-7

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Sony NEX-5N

81

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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              NEX-5N:77.0
              NEX-7:81.0
              3D 3D photos Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              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
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              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
              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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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 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

              $493 - $748 body only

              $664 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly 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

              $508 body only

              $1,218 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $599 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              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

              $598 body only

              $565 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $670 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $740 - $999 body only

              $870 - $1,099 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Sony NEX-5N Competitors

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              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Touch screen No touch screen

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

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              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              $1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available

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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.