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Sony NEX-7 vs Sony NEX-5R

Winner
Sony NEX-7

77

Sony NEX-5R

72

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
1200 ms startup delay
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5R

Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-5R

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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
Focus points
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
Weight
Lighter
276 g vs 350 g
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More than 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$299.99 vs $498.00
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The best price we've seen is $198 cheaper (around 40% 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
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
81.0 vs 78.0
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Almost the same
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
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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.4 EV vs 13.1 EV
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Almost the same
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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
              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-5R78.0
              NEX-781.0
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              NEX-5R13.1 EV
              NEX-713.4 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              NEX-5R23.7 bits
              NEX-724.1 bits
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              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
              NEX-5R110x58x38 mm
              NEX-7111x59x38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $641 body only

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $449 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $435 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p

              Sony NEX-5R Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony NEX-5R.

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $1,698 body only

              $1,400 - $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available

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