Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Sony NEX-7n vs Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony NEX-7 vs Sony NEX-F3

Winner
Sony NEX-7

77

Sony NEX-F3

64

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-F3

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External flash
External flash
Better lighting
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed

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differences

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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 73.0
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More than 10% better image quality
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
223 ms vs 314 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.4 EV vs 12.3 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 1.4 more bits of color
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 2.5 fps
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4x faster continuous shooting
Startup delay
Less startup delay
1200 ms vs 1500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Size
Slightly smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 117×67×42 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Thickness
Slightly thinner
1.5" vs 1.7"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-F3

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Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,114 ISO vs 1,016 ISO
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The NEX-F3 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
470 shots vs 430 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
Weight
Slightly lighter
314 g vs 350 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$389.99 vs $529.95
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (around 30% less)
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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
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Longest exposure Short max exposure time Help
              30 seconds
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              25
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Autofocus Slower contrast detection autofocus Help
              slower focusing
              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 - $648 body only

              $698 - $705 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $499 - $619 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $550 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Focuses automatically
              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

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $289 body only

              $400 - $465 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $347 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Battery life Has a slightly shorter battery life

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay More startup delay

              Sony NEX-F3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $212 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $181 body only

              $335 with 18-55mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support

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