• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • APS-C 332.3mm2
  • 18.0 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 12,800

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Differences

Sony NEX-7 advantages over Canon T5i

  • Focus peaking
    Peaker vs Non-peaker
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Larger sensor
    APS-C vs APS-C
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Better color depth
    24.1 vs 21.7 bits
    Capture richer, more accurate colors
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,016 vs 681 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.4 vs 11.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Thinner
    42 mm vs 78 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    560g vs 791g
    Lighter weight
  • More viewfinder magnification
    0.73x vs 0.53x
    Get a bigger view of the scene through the eye-level viewfinder
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 18.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    10.0 fps vs 4.8 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    10.0 fps vs 4.8 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Bigger RAW buffer
    13 vs 6 shots
    Larger buffer for RAW shots (burst mode)

Canon T5i advantages over Sony NEX-7

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Less expensive
    $738 vs $1248
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • Touchscreen
    Touch vs No touch
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Fast startup
    ~0.70 vs 1.2 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 16000 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Internal flash
    Both provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • 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
  • Top deck display
    Neither provide
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • 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.

  • Excellent image quality; 9 cross-type AF points; Stereo microphones; Built-in touchscreen; Multi-shot modes; Improved kit lens; Even more affordable.

  • Little-changed from the earlier T4i; Slow Live View and video autofocus; High ISO performance is unimproved; Below-average battery life; No dedicated AF illuminator.

The Competition

Compared to Canon T4i

Sony NEX-7
Canon T4i
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
Canon T5i
Canon T4i
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lighter weight
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • More telephoto lens reach

Compared to Samsung NX200

Sony NEX-7
Samsung NX200
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $934
  • APS-C
Canon T5i
Samsung NX200
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • More dynamic range

Compared to Samsung NX20

Sony NEX-7
Samsung NX20
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon T5i
Samsung NX20
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Less expensive

Compared to Samsung NX300

Sony NEX-7
Samsung NX300
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $1200
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Canon T5i
Samsung NX300
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $1200
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor

Compared to Sony A58

Sony NEX-7
Sony A58
  • $849
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Higher effective ISO
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Canon T5i
Sony A58
  • $599
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $598
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Focus peaking
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