Sony A7 vs Nikon DF

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Sony A7

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Nikon DF

66

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)
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
14.2 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon DF

Screen size
Large screen
3.2"
Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
3,279 ISO
Lens availability
Slightly more lenses available
152 lenses
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more 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
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
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
152 lenses vs 4 lenses
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38x more lenses available
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
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
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$948.00 vs $2,746.95
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The best price we've seen is $1,799 cheaper (2.9x less)
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
14.2 EV vs 13.1 EV
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0.2 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
              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
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              DF921k dots
              A71,229k dots
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              DF24.6 bits
              A724.8 bits
              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
              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
              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

              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,269 - $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              GPS Has a built-in GPS
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Fujifilm X-T1

              Fujifilm X-T1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,299 - $1,320 body only

              $1,699 - $1,700 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Supports 24p Doesn't record movies in 24p
              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $1,997 body only

              $2,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony A7R

              Sony A7R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Canon EOS 5D Mark III

              Pro DSLR

              $2,249 - $2,499 body only

              $2,800 - $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 significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 - $1,497 body only

              $1,997 with 24-85mm lens

              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Built-in flash Has a built-in flash
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $759 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon DF Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D810

              Nikon D810

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              $3,300 - $3,697 with 24-120mm lens

              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Size Larger
              Light sensitivity (boost) Worse boost ISO

              Sony A7 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $648 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Focus points More focus points
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Sony A7S

              Sony A7S

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $600 - $2,498 body only

              $2,998 - $3,000 with 28-70mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution

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