Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Nikon D7100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Winner
Nikon D7100

91

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

75

Runner-up

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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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Advantages of the Nikon D7100

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Movie format
Lower 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
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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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
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
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
Focus points
Many more focus points
51 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Cross type focus points
Significantly more cross-type focus points
15 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Overall image quality
Better image quality
83.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Startup delay
Less startup delay
300 ms vs 800 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has a pentaprism viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
251 ms vs 295 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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 23.8 bits
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Almost the same
Thickness
Much thinner
3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$713.00 vs $1,106.68
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The best price we've seen is $394 cheaper (around 40% less)
Size
Smaller
136×107×76 mm vs 137×104×84 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.7 EV vs 13.3 EV
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Almost the same
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 DSLR-A580

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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
  1. 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 2 f-stops 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
              D710083.0
              DSLR-A58080.0
              Battery life Very long battery life Help
              D7100950 shots
              DSLR-A5801050 shots
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D710013.7 EV
              DSLR-A58013.3 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D710024.2 bits
              DSLR-A58023.8 bits
              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
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D7100$713.00
              DSLR-A580$1,106.68
              Size Large Help
              D7100136×107×76 mm
              DSLR-A580137×104×84 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D71006,400 ISO
              DSLR-A58012,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D7100251 ms
              DSLR-A580295 ms

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $919 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 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
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $720 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 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
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $979 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

              $2,125 - $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Lens availability Fewer lenses available
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

              $1,649 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $559 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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