Sony SLT-A99

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Sony SLT-A99

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Nikon D7100

84

Nikon D7100

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A99

Great image quality
Overall image quality
89.0
Great color depth
Color depth
25 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14 EV
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
1,229k dots
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
205 lenses
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
51 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 700 ms
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2.3x less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
950 shots vs 500 shots
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90% more shots per battery charge
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
15 vs 11
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Size
Smaller
136x107x76 mm vs 147x111x78 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$896.95 vs $1,998.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,101 cheaper (2.2x less)
Weight
Lighter
675 g vs 812 g
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Around 20% lighter
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A99

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Sensor size
Much larger sensor
Full frame 35.8x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.61x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality
Better image quality
89.0 vs 83.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
127 ms vs 251 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,555 ISO vs 1,256 ISO
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The SLT-A99 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT-A99's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Color depth
Better color depth
25 bits vs 24.2 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              1,229k dots
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D7100:13.7 EV
              SLT-A99:14 EV
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              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
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses

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

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 body only

              $1,129 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,345 - $1,373 body only

              $1,550 with 50mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

              $679 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Slightly longer battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

              Sony SLT-A99 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $549 body only

              $1,000 - $1,698 with 16-50mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Lens availability Much fewer lenses available

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