Updated (August 2011): Compare the Sony NEX-7 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony NEX 7 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
Sony NEX-7

100

Sony Alpha NEX-5

80

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
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Interchangeable lenses
Interchangeable lenses
Many lenses to choose from
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-7.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-5.

competitors

Sony NEX-7 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$606 body only

Focus points More focus points
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$444 - $548 body only

$525 - $648 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Focus points More focus points
Size Larger
Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,098 body only

$1,498 with 18-135mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Battery life Shorter battery life

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$444 - $548 body only

$525 - $648 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder
Size Larger
Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$207 body only

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

discussion

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Sony Alpha NEX-5
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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???