Updated (April 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Nikon D5100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Winner
Nikon D5100

100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

79

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$400 body only

$368 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$647 body only

$609 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Startup delay Much less startup delay
Lowest price More expensive
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

Nikon D300

Nikon D300

Pro DSLR

$1,299 body only

$1,499 with 18-135mm lens

Live view Has live view
Focus points Many more focus points
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Entry-level DSLR

$600 body only

$1,500 with 18-55mm lens

Live view Has live view
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Autofocus Slower autofocus
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$848 - $998 body only

$1,174 with 14-42mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Live view Has live view
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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