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

Nikon D5100 vs Sony NEX 7

Winner
Nikon D5100

54

Sony NEX-7

46

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX 7

Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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 Coolpix P100

Nikon Coolpix P100

Super zoom

$480

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$419 body only

$419 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
True resolution Higher true resolution
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$389 body only

$399 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

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

Sony NEX-7 Competitors

Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$698 with 16-50mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Focus points Significantly more focus points
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony Alpha NEX-6

Sony Alpha NEX-6

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$549 body only

Focus points More focus points
Weight Slightly lighter
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$970 - $998 body only

$1,057 - $1,148 with 16-50mm lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Focus points Many more focus points
Size Slightly larger

discussion

Nikon D5100
D5100
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Sony NEX-7
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Jmr (3:01 PM, January 19, 2012)
The cost of both cameras is in error above.