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Nikon D5100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Nikon D5100

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

56

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
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
 

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

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 581 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality: 1 f-stops higher ISO than the DSLR-A700
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Size
Significantly smaller
127×97×79 mm vs 142×105×80 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Weight
Significantly lighter
560 g vs 768 g
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Around 30% lighter
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
500 ms vs 600 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Thickness
Thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
180 ms vs 273 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths

              Snapsort is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D510016.1 MP
              DSLR-A70012.2 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D51006,400 ISO
              DSLR-A7001,600 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D51001080p @ 30fps
              DSLR-A700None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $300 - $547 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thinner
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $579 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $714 body only

              $1,027 with 55-300mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,649 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $350 body only

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $548 - $566 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $677 body only

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,238 - $1,345 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,129 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $889 - $898 body only

              $1,498 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $585 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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