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

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,183 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
 

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 D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$447 body only

$394 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$378 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Color depth Better color depth
HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
Nikon D5600

Nikon D5600

Entry-level DSLR

$697 body only

$780 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Lowest price More expensive

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

Sony Alpha a6500

Sony Alpha a6500

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,398 body only

$1,649 with 16-50mm lens

Focus points Many more focus points
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Entry-level DSLR

$859 body only

Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
Sony SLT-A77

Sony SLT A77

Pro DSLR

$1,640 body only

$1,500 with 16-50mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Autofocus Video autofocus
Startup delay Much more startup delay

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