Updated (March, 2013): Compare the Nikon D800 vs Sony NEX-7n

Nikon D800

Winner
Nikon D800

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Sony NEX-7

57

Sony NEX-7

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

Overall image quality
Great image quality
95.0
True resolution
High true resolution
36.2 MP
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
200 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Overall image quality Better image quality 95.0 vs 81.0
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Around 20% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 36.2 MP vs 24 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 2,853 ISO vs 1,016 ISO
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The D800 has excellent image quality 1.5 f-stops higher ISO than the NEX-7
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 900 shots vs 430 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 152 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 7x more lenses available
Screen size Larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Startup delay Significantly less startup delay 200 ms vs 1200 ms
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6x less delay when turning on
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.4 EV vs 13.4 EV
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1 f-stop more dynamic range
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Color depth Better color depth 25.3 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-7

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Size Much smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 146x123x82 mm
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5.9x smaller
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
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
Weight Much lighter 350 g vs 1,000 g
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2.9x lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-7's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 4 fps
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2.5x faster continuous shooting
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 3.2"
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2.2x thinner
Lowest price Much cheaper $814.99 vs $2,796.95
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The best price we've seen is $1,982 cheaper (3.4x less)
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              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture extremely high resolution images Help
              D800:36.2 MP
              NEX-7:24 MP
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D800:95.0
              NEX-7:81.0
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D800:Full frame 35.9x24.0mm
              NEX-7:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D800:14.4 EV
              NEX-7:13.4 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D800:25.3 bits
              NEX-7:24.1 bits
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D800:Pentaprism
              NEX-7:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,698 body only

              $1,268 - $2,700 with 24-70mm lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $738 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Light sensitivity Slightly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $783 - $797 body only

              $881 - $897 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D800 Competitors

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              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $3,399 body only

              $3,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points Many more cross-type focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 body only

              $2,797 with 28-300mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,555 - $1,600 body only

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

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Cross type focus points Fewer cross-type focus points
              Nikon DF

              Nikon DF

              Pro DSLR

              $2,747 body only

              $2,935 - $2,997 with 50mm lens

              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Movie format Does not take movies
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO
              True resolution Much lower true resolution
              Size Significantly larger

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $668 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Olympus OM-D E-M5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $740 - $999 body only

              $900 - $1,299 with 12-50mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Panorama Lacks in-camera panoramic stitching
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $789 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $500 body only

              $614 - $670 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen

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