Nikon D610 vs Sony A7

Winner
Nikon D610

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Sony A7

77

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D610

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
2,980 ISO
Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
More storage slots
Storage slots
2
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
External flash not needed
 

Reasons to buy the Sony A7

Size
Really small
Standard size 127x94x48 mm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Phase detection

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D610

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Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
152 lenses vs 4 lenses
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38x more lenses available
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
300 ms vs 1700 ms
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5.7x less delay when turning on
Battery life
Much longer battery life
900 shots vs 340 shots
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More than 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
2,980 ISO vs 2,248 ISO
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The D610 has a slight edge (0.4 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
94.0 vs 90.0
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Almost the same
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
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Advantages of the Sony A7

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Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Size
Significantly smaller
127x94x48 mm vs 141x113x82 mm
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2.3x smaller
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
117 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Significantly lighter
417 g vs 760 g
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Around 50% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The A7's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
25 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Thickness
Thinner
1.9" vs 3.2"
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More than 40% thinner
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
221 ms vs 260 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D61094.0
              A790.0
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D61024.2 MP
              A724 MP
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              D6102,980 ISO
              A72,248 ISO
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              D610921k dots
              A71,229k dots
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              14.2 EV
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D61025.1 bits
              A724.8 bits
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D610Pentaprism
              A7Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D610$1,199.95
              A7$1,198.00
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,616 - $1,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Significantly higher boost light sensitivity
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,049 - $1,197 body only

              $1,299 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Light sensitivity Much higher maximum light sensitivity
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,799 body only

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D610 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Lowest price Much more expensive

              Sony A7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              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
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,232 - $1,299 body only

              $1,498 - $1,500 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony A7S

              Sony A7S

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $2,078 - $2,498 body only

              $2,996 - $3,000 with 28-70mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points

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