Nikon D7100

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Nikon D7100

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Sony SLT-A65

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A65

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24 MP
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,256 ISO vs 717 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Startup delay Much less startup delay 300 ms vs 2800 ms
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9.3x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality Better image quality 83.0 vs 74.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Focus points Many more focus points 51 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Screen size Significantly larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life Much longer battery life 950 shots vs 510 shots
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Around 90% more shots per battery charge
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.7 EV vs 12.6 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Color depth Better color depth 24.2 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Thickness Significantly thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
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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Advantages of the Sony SLT A65

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.61x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
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
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 138 ms vs 251 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A65's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Size Smaller 132x97x81 mm vs 136x107x76 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Lighter 622 g vs 765 g
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Around 20% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $798.00 vs $946.95
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The best price we've seen is $149 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 60fps
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              24 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
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              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D7100:$946.95
              SLT A65:$798.00
              Size Large Help
              D7100:136x107x76 mm
              SLT A65:132x97x81 mm

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              Shared Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,231 body only

              $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,199 body only

              $1,099 - $1,605 with 28-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

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              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,697 body only

              $2,197 - $2,200 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Lowest price Much more expensive

              Sony SLT-A65 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,103 body only

              $1,298 with 16-50mm lens

              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Significantly larger
              Startup delay More startup delay
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $846 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              GPS No built-in GPS

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