Nikon D7100

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Nikon D7100

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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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 Alpha DSLR-A580

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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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
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
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
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 15 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.61x vs 0.52x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
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
Startup delay Less startup delay 300 ms vs 800 ms
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2.7x less delay when turning on
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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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
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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $749.00 vs $1,096.95
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The best price we've seen is $348 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Weight Significantly lighter 599 g vs 765 g
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More than 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Battery life Very long battery life Help
              D7100:950 shots
              DSLR-A580:1050 shots
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D7100:83.0
              DSLR-A580:80.0
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D7100:13.7 EV
              DSLR-A580:13.3 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D7100:24.2 bits
              DSLR-A580:23.8 bits
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Size Large Help
              D7100:136x107x76 mm
              DSLR-A580:137x104x84 mm
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D7100:$1,096.95
              DSLR-A580:$749.00

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $200 - $1,249 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

              $747 body only

              $847 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

              $623 - $1,257 body only

              $900 - $1,150 with 18-105mm lens

              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 - $1,399 body only

              $1,099 - $1,545 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Lowest price Is much less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D7100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,397 - $2,400 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 D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,600 - $1,650 body only

              $2,098 - $2,100 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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 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
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              GPS Has a GPS
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

              Entry-level DSLR

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

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