Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Sony NEX-7n vs Sony SLT-A99

Sony SLT-A99 vs Sony NEX-7

Winner
Sony SLT-A99

70

Sony NEX-7

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A99

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
700 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
Thickness
Thin
1.5"
Weight
Light-weight
350 g

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differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Size
Much smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 147x111x78 mm
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5.1x smaller
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Weight
Much lighter
350 g vs 812 g
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2.3x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3.1"
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2.1x thinner
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$498.00 vs $1,998.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,500 cheaper (4x less)
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A99

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Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Overall image quality
Better image quality
89.0 vs 81.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
123 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 6x more lenses available
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
127 ms vs 223 ms
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More than 40% less delay when taking photos
Startup delay
Less startup delay
700 ms vs 1200 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,555 ISO vs 1,016 ISO
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The SLT-A99 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 16,000 ISO
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The SLT-A99's maximum light sensitivity is 0.7 f-stops better
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
500 shots vs 430 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14 EV vs 13.4 EV
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Almost the same
Color depth
Better color depth
25 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              NEX-781.0
              SLT-A9989.0
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              NEX-7921k dots
              SLT-A991,229k dots
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              NEX-713.4 EV
              SLT-A9914 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              NEX-724.1 bits
              SLT-A9925 bits
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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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 better image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,198 - $1,698 body only

              $1,498 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $579 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $498 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Lighter
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Screen size Larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $898 - $998 body only

              $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points More focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,611 - $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,238 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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