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

Sony NEX-7

Winner
Sony NEX-7

88

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

67

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 223 ms vs 670 ms
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3x less delay when taking photos
Overall image quality Better image quality 81.0 vs 69.0
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Around 20% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,016 ISO vs 796 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life Longer battery life 430 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.9 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.4 EV vs 12.2 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The NEX-7's maximum light sensitivity is 0.3 f-stops better
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 10 fps vs 7 fps
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More than 40% faster continuous shooting
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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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Startup delay Less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1200 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Weight Lighter 287 g vs 350 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $581.66 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $167 cheaper (more than 20% 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 Common Weaknesses
              3D 3D photos Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for 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
              Compact 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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              25
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

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              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
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              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

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Focus points Has significantly 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

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost light sensitivity
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $690 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Has a slightly lower resolution screen
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $548 body only

              $598 - $599 with 16-50mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $508 body only

              $1,035 with 18-55mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Touch screen Has a touch screen

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

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              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
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $680 - $799 body only

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

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $490 body only

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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              Crabnebulae (9:55 AM, December 12, 2011)
              At this level, it's pretty much pointless to upgrade (meaning: the quality of your photos will exclusively depend on your skills) unless you sacrifice portability and go for a high end reflex camera.
               
              Nicola Vigio (11:41 PM, November 07, 2011)
              I have the sony nex 5, should I get the NEX 7???