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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-7

Portability
86
Imaging
44
Features
62
Overall
51
Nikon 1 AW1 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-7 front
Portability
84
Imaging
64
Features
71
Overall
66

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-7 Key Specs

Nikon 1 AW1
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - 1" Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Screen
  • ISO 160 - 6400
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon 1 Mount
  • 356g - 114 x 72 x 37mm
  • Introduced September 2013
Sony NEX-7
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 400g - 120 x 67 x 43mm
  • Announced December 2011
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-7 Overview

Let's look more closely at the Nikon 1 AW1 versus Sony NEX-7, one being a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the other is a Advanced Mirrorless by manufacturers Nikon and Sony. There exists a huge gap between the image resolutions of the 1 AW1 (14MP) and NEX-7 (24MP) and the 1 AW1 (1") and NEX-7 (APS-C) have totally different sensor sizing.

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The 1 AW1 was introduced 22 months later than the NEX-7 making them a generation apart from one another. Both of the cameras have the same body design (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before getting right into a full comparison, here is a brief introduction of how the 1 AW1 matches up versus the NEX-7 when considering portability, imaging, features and an overall grade.

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Reasons to pick Nikon 1 AW1 over the Sony NEX-7

 1 AW1 NEX-7 
AnnouncedSeptember 2013December 2011More recent by 22 months

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-7 over the Nikon 1 AW1

 NEX-7 1 AW1 
Display typeTiltingFixed Tilting display

Common features in the Nikon 1 AW1 and Sony NEX-7

 1 AW1 NEX-7 
Manually focus Very exact focus
Display dimensions3"3"Equal display measurement
Display resolution921k921kEqual display resolution
Selfie screen Lack of selfie screen
Touch friendly display Neither comes with Touch friendly display

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-7 Physical Comparison

When you are planning to lug around your camera, you will need to factor its weight and size. The Nikon 1 AW1 comes with physical measurements of 114mm x 72mm x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") accompanied by a weight of 356 grams (0.78 lbs) and the Sony NEX-7 has specifications of 120mm x 67mm x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7") and a weight of 400 grams (0.88 lbs).

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Keep in mind, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary based on the lens you are working with at the time. Below is a front view sizing comparison of the 1 AW1 against the NEX-7.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-7 size comparison

Considering dimensions and weight, the portability grade of the 1 AW1 and NEX-7 is 86 and 84 respectively.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-7 top view buttons comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-7 Sensor Comparison

Normally, it's tough to visualise the contrast between sensor measurements purely by looking at specs. The graphic underneath should provide you a far better sense of the sensor sizing in the 1 AW1 and NEX-7.

As you can plainly see, each of these cameras provide different megapixels and different sensor measurements. The 1 AW1 using its tinier sensor will make achieving shallower DOF harder and the Sony NEX-7 will resolve greater detail using its extra 10 Megapixels. Greater resolution will let you crop images more aggressively. The younger 1 AW1 will have an edge when it comes to sensor tech.

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-7 sensor size comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-7 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Portrait photography with Nikon 1 AW1
Portrait photography with Sony NEX-7
59
you can focus manually
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
comes with face detection autofocus
exports RAW files
can't use external flash
78
has manual focus
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW files
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Street Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Street photography details
Sony NEX-7 Street photography details
67
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
weather proofing
no moving screen
lack of image stabilization
76
has a tilting screen
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
lack of image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sports photography with Nikon 1 AW1
Sports photography with Sony NEX-7
59
high fps (60.0 frames/s)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
comes with tracking autofocus
weather proofing
has phase detect autofocus
lack of image stabilization
low battery power (220 per charge)
62
sensor resolution is decent (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery (430 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
doesn't have phase detect AF
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Travel Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 Travel photography features
Sony NEX-7 Travel photography features
63
weather proofing
sensor resolution is decent (14MP)
flash built-in
lack of Timelapse function
low battery power (220 CIPA)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
70
better than average battery (430 shots)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
does not have Timelapse function
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
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Landscape Comparison

Landscape photography with Nikon 1 AW1
Landscape photography with Sony NEX-7
61
you can focus manually
change lenses (Nikon 1 mount)
screen size is decent (3 inches)
sensor resolution is decent (14 megapixels)
good sensor size (1")
exports RAW files
weather proofing
lack of image stabilization
low battery power (220 shots)
lack of Timelapse function
72
has manual focus
swap lenses (Sony E mount)
screen size is decent (3 inch)
sensor resolution is decent (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
saves RAW files
better than average battery (430 CIPA)
lack of image stabilization
does not have Timelapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon 1 AW1 as a Vlogging camera
Sony NEX-7 as a Vlogging camera
29
comes with face detection autofocus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
lack of external microphone jack
35
supports face detection focusing
good video quality (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external microphone port
doesn't contain selfie friendly screen
lack of image stabilization
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Nikon 1 AW1 vs Sony NEX-7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon 1 AW1 and Sony NEX-7
 Nikon 1 AW1Sony Alpha NEX-7
General Information
Make Nikon Sony
Model Nikon 1 AW1 Sony Alpha NEX-7
Type Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced 2013-09-19 2011-12-13
Body design Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
Powered by EXPEED 3A Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size 1" APS-C
Sensor measurements 13.2 x 8.8mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 116.2mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 14 megapixel 24 megapixel
Anti aliasing filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Maximum resolution 4608 x 3072 6000 x 4000
Maximum native ISO 6400 16000
Minimum native ISO 160 100
RAW support
Autofocusing
Focus manually
AF touch
AF continuous
AF single
Tracking AF
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
Multi area AF
Live view AF
Face detection AF
Contract detection AF
Phase detection AF
Number of focus points 135 25
Lens
Lens mount Nikon 1 Sony E
Number of lenses 13 121
Crop factor 2.7 1.5
Screen
Range of screen Fixed Type Tilting
Screen sizing 3 inches 3 inches
Resolution of screen 921k dot 921k dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch friendly
Screen tech TFT LCD -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Features
Slowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Maximum shutter speed 1/4000 secs 1/4000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 60.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Built-in flash
Flash range 5.00 m (at ISO 100) 6.00 m
Flash options Fill flash, fill w/slow sync, rear curtain sync, rear w/slow sync, redeye reduction, redeye w/slow sync, off Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AE bracketing
WB bracketing
Maximum flash sync 1/60 secs 1/160 secs
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60i, 30p), 1280 x 720 (60p, 30p), 640 x 240 (400 fps), 320 x 120 (1200 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Maximum video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video file format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Optional Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS BuiltIn None
Physical
Environment seal
Water proof
Dust proof
Shock proof
Crush proof
Freeze proof
Weight 356 gr (0.78 pounds) 400 gr (0.88 pounds)
Physical dimensions 114 x 72 x 37mm (4.5" x 2.8" x 1.5") 120 x 67 x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO All around score 51 81
DXO Color Depth score 20.2 24.1
DXO Dynamic range score 10.9 13.4
DXO Low light score 428 1016
Other
Battery life 220 pictures 430 pictures
Battery form Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery model EN-EL20 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2, 5, 10 secs) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 or 5 images))
Time lapse shooting
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC card SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots Single Single
Pricing at launch $0 $699