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

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
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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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 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
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.61x vs 0.52x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Overall image quality Better image quality 83.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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
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
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 Significantly lighter 599 g vs 765 g
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More than 20% lighter
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        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
        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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        Size Large Help
        D7100:136x107x76 mm
        DSLR-A580:137x104x84 mm
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        D7100:251 ms
        DSLR-A580:295 ms

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $720 - $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

        $721 - $840 body only

        $930 - $990 with 18-105mm 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

        $1,299 body only

        $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

        Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
        Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
        Weight Is much heavier
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $647 body only

        $650 - $747 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 D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $600 - $629 body only

        $816 - $830 with 18-105mm lens

        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

        $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

        Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $437 - $520 body only

        $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon D7100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,099 - $1,231 body only

        $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,897 - $1,997 body only

        $2,797 - $2,800 with 28-300mm lens

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
        Nikon D600

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,600 - $1,613 body only

        $1,999 - $2,150 with 24-85mm lens

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

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 - $498 with 18-55mm lens

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

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