• 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 10.0 megapixels
  • 37.00mm - 122.00mm (35mm eq.)
  • APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000

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Differences

Canon A800 advantages over Sony NEX-7

  • Thinner
    31 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner

Sony NEX-7 advantages over Canon A800

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs 1/2.3 inch
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 3.92 vs 1.69 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • RAW file ability
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more flexibility to develop your photos later
  • Manual focus
    Yes vs No
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    HDMI out vs None
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 115k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 10.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Shoots 60p video
    Yes vs No
    A faster framerate can give you more editing options
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 15 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bulb shutter
    Bulb vs No bulb
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 0.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/4000 vs 1/2000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    16000 vs 3200 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Rear display
    Both provide
    Review photos on the back of the camera
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • NFC
    Neither provide
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Integrated ND filter
    Neither provide
    Shoot in daylight with a large aperture or slow shutter
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

User reviews

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Review Excerpt

  • 24.3-megapixel sensor with excellent image quality; Small body; Exceptional user interface; Full HD 60p video; Electronic viewfinder and flash are built-in.

  • No Mode dial; Flash sync is a touch slow; No UHS-I card support; Needs a better kit lens to match the sensor quality.

The Competition

Compared to Canon A495

Canon A800
Canon A495
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $86
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Sony NEX-7
Canon A495
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $86
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner
  • Bigger JPEG buffer

Compared to Canon A490

Canon A800
Canon A490
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $75
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Faster JPEG shooting
Sony NEX-7
Canon A490
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $75
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • Thinner

Compared to Nikon L22

Canon A800
Nikon L22
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Higher extended ISO
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • More pixels
Sony NEX-7
Nikon L22
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $130
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Thinner

Compared to Samsung NX20

Canon A800
Samsung NX20
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Sony NEX-7
Samsung NX20
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi

Compared to Sony A6000

Canon A800
Sony A6000
  • $90
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Longer stills battery life
  • Thinner
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
Sony NEX-7
Sony A6000
  • $398
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • External Mic Jack
  • $448
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
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