Updated (August 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Sony NEX-7

Nikon D5100 vs Sony NEX 7

Winner
Nikon D5100

54

Sony NEX-7

48

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.6 EV
Slightly more lenses available
Lens availability
230 lenses
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 7

Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
223 ms shutter lag
Thickness
Thin
1.5"

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony NEX-7.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$431 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$389 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$396 - $597 body only

$466 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

Screen size Significantly larger screen
GPS Has a GPS
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

Sony NEX-7 Competitors

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$498 body only

$588 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Focus points Significantly more focus points
Size Slightly larger
Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$500 body only

Focus points More focus points
Weight Slightly lighter
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,398 body only

$1,585 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Focus points Many more focus points
Size Larger

discussion

Nikon D5100
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Jmr (3:01 PM, January 19, 2012)
The cost of both cameras is in error above.