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

78

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 D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$358 body only

$438 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Smaller
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$445 body only

$500 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$326 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 D7200

Nikon D7200

Entry-level DSLR

$708 - $797 body only

$1,097 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon Coolpix A900

Nikon Coolpix A900

Travel zoom

$218 - $397

Movie format Shoots movies
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Sony SLT-A77

Sony SLT A77

Pro DSLR

$1,967 with 16-50mm lens

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

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Nikon D5100
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