Sony A7

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Sony A7

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Nikon DF

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Nikon DF

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Reasons to buy the Sony A7

Size
Really small
Standard size 127x94x48 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon DF

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,279 ISO
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
152 lenses
 
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differences

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
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 204,800 ISO vs 25,600 ISO
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The DF's boost ISO is 3 f-stops better
Lens availability Much more lenses available 152 lenses vs 4 lenses
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38x more lenses available
Screen size Larger screen 3.2" vs 3.0"
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Around 10% larger screen
Low light performance Significantly 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
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
Size Smaller 127x94x48 mm vs 143x110x66 mm
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Around 50% smaller
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Focus points Many more focus points 117 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24 MP vs 16.2 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 25 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The A7's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Weight Significantly lighter 474 g vs 765 g
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Around 40% lighter
Lowest price Much cheaper $1,268.00 vs $2,699.90
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The best price we've seen is $1,432 cheaper (2.1x less)
Dynamic range More dynamic range 14.2 EV vs 13.1 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness Thinner 1.9" vs 2.6"
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Around 30% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              DF:89.0
              A7:90.0
              Sensor size Very large sensors Help
              DF:Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
              A7:Full frame 35.8x23.9mm
              Weather sealed Both are weather sealed, which is fairly uncommon among similar cameras Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Low light performance Very low noise at high ISO Help
              DF:3,279 ISO
              A7:2,248 ISO
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              921k dots
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              DF:24.6 bits
              A7:24.8 bits
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              DF:13.1 EV
              A7:14.2 EV
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              DF:16.2 MP
              A7:24 MP
              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
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              DF:12,800 ISO
              A7:25,600 ISO
              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
              DF:Pentaprism
              A7:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Built-in flash No built-in flash Help
              Professional
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              DF:$2,699.90
              A7:$1,268.00
              Weight Heavy Help
              DF:765 g
              A7:474 g
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,897 - $1,997 body only

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

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,797 body only

              $3,890 - $5,190 with 24-70mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,690 - $1,899 body only

              $2,385 - $2,499 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $1,699 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              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 Has significantly more cross-type focus points
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              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

              Nikon DF Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D4

              Nikon D4

              Pro DSLR

              $5,997 body only

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Size Much larger
              Weight Much heavier

              Sony A7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $648 body only

              $798 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Size Smaller
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Olympus OM-D E-M1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 body only

              $1,980 - $2,150 with 12-40mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor

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