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

Sony NEX-7

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Sony NEX-7

84

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

67

Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Digital
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1200 ms startup delay
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

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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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 223 ms vs 670 ms
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3x less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
Battery life Significantly 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 796 ISO
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The NEX-7 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
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 Slightly less startup delay 1000 ms vs 1200 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Lowest price Cheaper $498.00 vs $949.00
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The best price we've seen is $451 cheaper (around 50% less)
Weight Lighter 287 g vs 350 g
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Around 20% lighter
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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 Common Weaknesses
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't 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
              Size Fairly small Help
              Compact 111x59x38 mm
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              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
              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

              $648 body only

              $798 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 body only

              $699 - $749 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

              $598 body only

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $350 body only

              $329 with 22mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Panorama Lacks a built in panoramas
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $630 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,026 - $1,076 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,298 body only

              $1,770 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 body only

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $899 with 14-42mm lens

              Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality

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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???