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

Sony SLT-A99

Winner
Sony SLT-A99

72

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Sony NEX-7

51

Sony NEX-7

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A99

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
Phase detection video autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
 

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
 

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
$629.00 vs $1,998.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,369 cheaper (3.2x 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
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Overall image quality
Better image quality
89.0 vs 81.0
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Around 10% better image quality
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
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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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
25 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.9 more bits of color
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              True resolution Capture extremely high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              NEX-7:81.0
              SLT-A99:89.0
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              NEX-7:921k dots
              SLT-A99:1,229k dots
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              NEX-7:13.4 EV
              SLT-A99:14 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              NEX-7:24.1 bits
              SLT-A99:25 bits
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Both have digital viewfinders Help
              Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              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

              $675 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $1,698 body only

              $1,500 - $1,998 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
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $600 with 16-50mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $695 - $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
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,041 body only

              $1,099 - $1,562 with 28-135mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $590 body only

              $1,915 with 16-50mm lens

              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 NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $200 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 - $475 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $650 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
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $599 body only

              $699 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,099 body only

              $3,849 with 24-70mm lens

              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Screen size Larger screen
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,388 - $1,799 body only

              $2,199 - $2,399 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 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $872 - $998 body only

              $1,598 - $1,599 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 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
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 - $1,497 body only

              $1,897 with 24-85mm lens

              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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