Sony A7 vs Nikon DF

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Sony A7

72

Nikon DF

60

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony A7

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
1,229k dots
Really small
Size
Standard size (127×94×48 mm)
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon DF

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,279 ISO
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
171 lenses
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
1400 shots

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Advantages of the Nikon DF

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Battery life
Much longer battery life
1400 shots vs 340 shots
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More than 4x more shots per battery charge
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay
Significantly less startup delay
550 ms vs 1700 ms
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3.1x less delay when turning on
Screen size
Larger screen
3.2" vs 3"
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Around 10% larger screen
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The DF's boost ISO is 6 f-stops better
Lens availability
More lenses available
171 lenses vs 92 lenses
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Around 90% more lenses available
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
3,279 ISO vs 2,248 ISO
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The DF has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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Advantages of the Sony A7

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Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Size
Smaller
127×94×48 mm vs 144×110×67 mm
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Around 50% 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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Screen resolution
Higher resolution screen
1,229k dots vs 921k dots
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More than 30% higher resolution screen
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
117 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Weight
Significantly lighter
417 g vs 765 g
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Around 50% lighter
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
25 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
221 ms vs 274 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The A7's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.2 EV vs 13.1 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$1,098.00 vs $2,746.95
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The best price we've seen is $1,649 cheaper (2.5x less)
Thickness
Thinner
1.9" vs 2.6"
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Around 30% thinner
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              DF89.0
              A790.0
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Low light performance Relatively low noise at high ISO Help
              DF3,279 ISO
              A72,248 ISO
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              DF24.6 bits
              A724.8 bits
              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
              DF13.1 EV
              A714.2 EV
              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
              DFPentaprism
              A7Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              DF1/4000s
              A71/8000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              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

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weather sealed It's body is not weather sealed
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,585 - $1,997 body only

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

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,679 - $1,898 body only

              $2,279 with 28-70mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,230 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 - $1,280 body only

              $1,599 - $1,600 with 18-55mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,174 - $1,497 body only

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

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,240 - $2,499 body only

              $2,935 - $3,099 with 24-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon DF Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D4s

              Nikon D4s

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

              Sony A7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Sony A7.

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