• APS-C 366.6mm2
  • 24.3 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 16,000
  • 1/2.3 inch 28.1mm2
  • 16.0 megapixels
  • 28.00mm - 140.00mm (35mm eq.)

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Differences

Sony NEX-7 advantages over Pentax WG-2

  • 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 1.34 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
  • Fast startup
    ~1.20 vs 2.3 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 430 vs 260 shots
    Capture more photos
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • More dots on screen
    922k vs 460k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • Hot shoe
    Hot shoe vs None
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Less shutter lag
    0.22 vs 0.44 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • More pixels
    24.3 vs 16.0 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Longer exposure
    30 vs 4 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 1.0 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Higher extended ISO
    16000 vs 6400 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Pentax WG-2 advantages over Sony NEX-7

  • Less expensive
    $199* vs $898
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Waterproof
    Yes vs No
    Take photos underwater without destroying your camera!
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Yes vs No
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Thinner
    30 mm vs 42 mm
    Thinner

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
  • Manual focus
    Both provide
    AF is for the weak. Real photographers focus manually.
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video

Common Weaknesses

  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Neither provide
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • 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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Buy the Sony NEX-7

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.

  • Aggressive, sculpted armor design screams adventure; Shooting is easy and fun, producing good image quality; No-slip surfaces make camera easy to hold; LCD works well in bright sunlight; Unique Macro and Digital Microscope modes.

  • Difficult to view LCD screen underwater; Poor button layout; No optical or sensor-shift image stabilization; No high-speed full-resolution burst mode.

The Competition

Compared to Pentax WG-1 GPS

Sony NEX-7
Pentax WG-1 GPS
  • $574
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Waterproof
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
Pentax WG-2
Pentax WG-1 GPS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • More dots on screen
  • Shoots 1080p video
  • $400
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Samsung NX200

Sony NEX-7
Samsung NX200
  • $574
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $934
  • APS-C
Pentax WG-2
Samsung NX200
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $934
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels

Compared to Pentax WG-2 GPS

Sony NEX-7
Pentax WG-2 GPS
  • $574
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
Pentax WG-2
Pentax WG-2 GPS
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • $330
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Built-in GPS

Compared to Samsung NX20

Sony NEX-7
Samsung NX20
  • $574
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Pentax WG-2
Samsung NX20
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $499
  • APS-C
  • Larger sensor
  • Eye-level viewfinder

Compared to Samsung NX300

Sony NEX-7
Samsung NX300
  • $574
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Touchscreen
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
Pentax WG-2
Samsung NX300
  • $199
  • 1/2.3 inch
  • Less expensive
  • Waterproof
  • $999
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • Larger sensor
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