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Nikon D800 vs Sony NEX-7

Winner
Nikon D800

74

Sony NEX-7

51

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D800

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

Advantages of the Nikon D800

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Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Overall image quality
Better image quality
95.0 vs 81.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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
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
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
36.2 MP vs 24 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
152 lenses vs 21 lenses
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More than 7x more lenses available
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
900 shots vs 430 shots
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More than 2x more shots per battery charge
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
Color depth
Better color depth
25.3 bits vs 24.1 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
209 ms vs 223 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
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
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
$498.00 vs $2,530.53
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The best price we've seen is $2,033 cheaper (5.1x less)
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D80095.0
              NEX-781.0
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D80036.2 MP
              NEX-724 MP
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D80014.4 EV
              NEX-713.4 EV
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D80025.3 bits
              NEX-724.1 bits
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D800Pentaprism
              NEX-7Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 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

              $998 - $1,698 body only

              $1,298 with 28-70mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              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

              $684 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,170 - $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Nikon D800 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,650 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,315 - $1,497 body only

              $1,699 - $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Shutter lag More shutter lag

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $659 body only

              $887 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Slightly lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              True resolution Lower true resolution

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