Nikon D7100

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Nikon D7100

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7100

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

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D7100 does so at a higher frame rate
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,256 ISO vs 1,121 ISO
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The D7100 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.61x vs 0.52x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Cross type focus points
Many 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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 800 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Better image quality
83.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
251 ms vs 295 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
Size
Smaller
136x107x76 mm vs 137x104x84 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Color depth
Better color depth
24.2 bits vs 23.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 13.3 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
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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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Longer battery life
1050 shots vs 950 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSLR-A580's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight
Lighter
599 g vs 675 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D7100:83.0
              DSLR-A580:80.0
              Battery life Very long battery life Help
              D7100:950 shots
              DSLR-A580:1050 shots
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D7100:24.2 bits
              DSLR-A580:23.8 bits
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D7100:13.7 EV
              DSLR-A580:13.3 EV
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Common Weaknesses
              Size Large Help
              D7100:136x107x76 mm
              DSLR-A580:137x104x84 mm

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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

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Size Is significantly smaller
              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
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 body only

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

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              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
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $697 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $310 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 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

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Sensor size Much larger sensor
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Canon EOS 7D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $1,799 body only

              $2,149 with 18-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

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