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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-7

Portability
89
Imaging
54
Features
58
Overall
55
Sony Alpha NEX-5 front
 
Sony Alpha NEX-7 front
Portability
84
Imaging
64
Features
71
Overall
66

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-7 Key Specs

Sony NEX-5
(Full Review)
  • 14MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Display
  • ISO 200 - 12800
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 287g - 111 x 59 x 38mm
  • Introduced June 2010
  • Newer Model is Sony NEX-5N
Sony NEX-7
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Tilting Screen
  • ISO 100 - 16000
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony E Mount
  • 400g - 120 x 67 x 43mm
  • Released December 2011
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-7 Overview

The following is a in depth review of the Sony NEX-5 versus Sony NEX-7, one is a Entry-Level Mirrorless and the latter is a Advanced Mirrorless and they are both offered by Sony. There is a significant difference between the resolutions of the NEX-5 (14MP) and NEX-7 (24MP) but they use the exact same sensor dimensions (APS-C).

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The NEX-5 was released 18 months earlier than the NEX-7 which makes the cameras a generation away from each other. Both of the cameras come with the identical body type (Rangefinder-style mirrorless).

Before getting straight into a step-by-step comparison, below is a quick summary of how the NEX-5 matches up vs the NEX-7 with respect to portability, imaging, features and an overall mark.

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Reasons to pick Sony NEX-5 over the Sony NEX-7

 NEX-5 NEX-7 

Reasons to pick Sony NEX-7 over the Sony NEX-5

 NEX-7 NEX-5 
ReleasedDecember 2011June 2010Newer by 18 months
Screen resolution921k920kClearer screen (+1k dot)

Common features in the Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-7

 NEX-5 NEX-7 
Manual focus Dial precise focusing
Screen typeTiltingTiltingTilting screen
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen sizing
Selfie screen Neither comes with selfie screen
Touch screen Lacking Touch screen

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-7 Physical Comparison

For those who are planning to travel with your camera often, you're going to have to factor its weight and dimensions. The Sony NEX-5 comes with outer measurements of 111mm x 59mm x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") with a weight of 287 grams (0.63 lbs) while the Sony NEX-7 has dimensions of 120mm x 67mm x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7") having a weight of 400 grams (0.88 lbs).

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Do not forget, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will vary depending on the lens you choose at that time. Underneath is the front view dimensions comparison of the NEX-5 vs the NEX-7.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-7 size comparison

Using size and weight, the portability rating of the NEX-5 and NEX-7 is 89 and 84 respectively.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-7 top view buttons comparison

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-7 Sensor Comparison

Often, it can be hard to envision the contrast between sensor dimensions merely by reading through specifications. The pic below should provide you a more clear sense of the sensor measurements in the NEX-5 and NEX-7.

Plainly, both of the cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit not the same resolution. You should expect the Sony NEX-7 to resolve more detail as a result of its extra 10 Megapixels. Higher resolution will enable you to crop pictures much more aggressively. The more aged NEX-5 is going to be disadvantaged in sensor technology.

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-7 sensor size comparison

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-7 Screen and ViewFinder

Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-7 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Sony NEX-5 as a Portrait photography camera
Sony NEX-7 as a Portrait photography camera
72
you can focus manually
good resolution (14MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
78
you can focus manually
MP count good (24MP)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
supports face detection focus
delivers RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Sony NEX-5 as a Street photography camera
Sony NEX-7 as a Street photography camera
76
has a tilting screen
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
76
tilting screen
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
no image stabilization
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Sports Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Sports photography details
Sony NEX-7 Sports photography details
52
good resolution (14MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
lack of image stabilization
does not have phase detect autofocus
62
MP count good (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
better than average battery life (430 per charge)
no image stabilization
lack of phase detect auto focus
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Sony NEX-5
Travel photography with Sony NEX-7
59
good resolution (14 megapixels)
does not have Timelapse recording
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
70
better than average battery life (430 per charge)
MP count good (24 megapixels)
flash built-in
does not have Time Lapse function
does not offer selfie friendly display
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Landscape Comparison

Sony NEX-5 as a Landscape photography camera
Sony NEX-7 as a Landscape photography camera
68
you can focus manually
switch lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inches)
good resolution (14MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
exports RAW files
lack of image stabilization
does not have Timelapse recording
72
you can focus manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony E mount)
nice screen size (3 inch)
MP count good (24 megapixels)
decent sensor size (APS-C)
delivers RAW formats
better than average battery life (430 per charge)
no image stabilization
does not have Time Lapse function
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Vlogging Comparison

Sony NEX-5 Vlogging information
Sony NEX-7 Vlogging information
28
high res video (1920 x 1080 pixels)
doesn't have a selfie friendly display
lack of image stabilization
does not have external microphone socket
35
supports face detection focus
video resolution high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
comes with external mic support
does not offer selfie friendly display
no image stabilization
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Sony NEX-5 vs Sony NEX-7 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Sony NEX-5 and Sony NEX-7
 Sony Alpha NEX-5Sony Alpha NEX-7
General Information
Brand Sony Sony
Model type Sony Alpha NEX-5 Sony Alpha NEX-7
Category Entry-Level Mirrorless Advanced Mirrorless
Introduced 2010-06-07 2011-12-13
Physical type Rangefinder-style mirrorless Rangefinder-style mirrorless
Sensor Information
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Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor dimensions 23.4 x 15.6mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 365.0mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 14MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 and 16:9 3:2 and 16:9
Max resolution 4592 x 3056 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 12800 16000
Min native ISO 200 100
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
Touch to focus
Continuous AF
AF single
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect AF
Contract detect AF
Phase detect AF
Total focus points 25 25
Lens
Lens mount type Sony E Sony E
Number of lenses 121 121
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Type of display Tilting Tilting
Display diagonal 3 inch 3 inch
Display resolution 920k dots 921k dots
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch display
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type None Electronic
Viewfinder coverage - 100 percent
Viewfinder magnification - 0.73x
Features
Minimum shutter speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Fastest shutter speed 1/4000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Continuous shutter rate 7.0fps 10.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Manually set exposure
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Set WB
Image stabilization
Inbuilt flash
Flash distance 12.00 m 6.00 m
Flash options Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
External flash
AE bracketing
White balance bracketing
Fastest flash synchronize 1/160 seconds 1/160 seconds
Exposure
Multisegment exposure
Average exposure
Spot exposure
Partial exposure
AF area exposure
Center weighted exposure
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video format AVCHD MPEG-4, AVCHD
Mic support
Headphone support
Connectivity
Wireless None Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS None None
Physical
Environmental sealing
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 287 grams (0.63 pounds) 400 grams (0.88 pounds)
Dimensions 111 x 59 x 38mm (4.4" x 2.3" x 1.5") 120 x 67 x 43mm (4.7" x 2.6" x 1.7")
DXO scores
DXO Overall rating 69 81
DXO Color Depth rating 22.2 24.1
DXO Dynamic range rating 12.2 13.4
DXO Low light rating 796 1016
Other
Battery life 330 photos 430 photos
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID NPFW50 NPFW50
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 images)) Yes (2 or 10 sec, 10sec (3 or 5 images))
Time lapse shooting
Storage type SD/ SDHC/SDXC, Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Card slots One One
Pricing at release $599 $699