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

Sony NEX-7 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
Sony NEX-7

77

Sony Alpha NEX-5

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Digital
High true resolution
True resolution
24 MP
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
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
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
Battery life
Longer battery life
430 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
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
Weight
Lighter
287 g vs 350 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$398.00 vs $498.00
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The best price we've seen is $100 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
              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
              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
              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
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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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 image stabilization
              Focus points Has much more focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $641 body only

              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

              $449 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $435 - $448 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-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $539 body only

              $549 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lens availability Much more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS M

              Canon EOS M

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $239 body only

              $295 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $799 - $1,698 body only

              $1,400 - $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Focus points Many more focus points
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $320 with 16-50mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $420 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
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $379 body only

              $385 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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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???