Updated (August, 2013): Compare the Sony NEX-5T vs Sony NEX-7n

Sony NEX-7

Winner
Sony NEX-7

88

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Sony NEX-5R

78

Sony NEX-5R

Runner-up
     
 

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-5R

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
Focus points
Many focus points
99
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-5R

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Touch screen Has a touch screen Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
Focus points Significantly more focus points 99 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The NEX-5R's maximum light sensitivity is 0.7 f-stops better
Lowest price Cheaper $507.99 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $241 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Weight Lighter 276 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
Battery life Longer battery life 430 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO 1,016 ISO vs 910 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 81.0 vs 78.0
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Almost the same
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent mirrorless cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              NEX-5R:78.0
              NEX-7:81.0
              3D 3D photos Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              NEX-5R:13.1 EV
              NEX-7:13.4 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              NEX-5R:23.7 bits
              NEX-7:24.1 bits
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              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
              NEX-5R:110x58x38 mm
              NEX-7:111x59x38 mm
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              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

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $494 - $748 body only

              $665 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $598 - $599 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $690 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

              $680 - $799 body only

              $880 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony NEX-5R Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 - $2,298 body only

              $1,968 - $3,300 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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