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Nikon D700

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Nikon D700

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Sony NEX-7

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Sony NEX-7

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D700

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Sensor size
Large sensor
Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
Badge
Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
Battery life
Great battery life
1000 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-7

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D700

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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
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
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 36.0x23.9mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
Battery life Much longer battery life 1000 shots vs 430 shots
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Around 2.5x 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
Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 2,303 ISO vs 1,016 ISO
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The D700 has excellent image quality 1.2 f-stops higher ISO than the NEX-7
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 1200 ms
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3x less delay when turning on
Focus points More focus points 51 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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 197 ms vs 223 ms
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More than 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 147x123x77 mm
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5.6x smaller
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24 MP vs 12.1 MP
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Capture around 2x more detail in your photos
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Weight Much lighter 350 g vs 1,074 g
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3.1x lighter
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 5 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.5" vs 3"
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2x thinner
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.4 EV vs 12.2 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Lowest price Much cheaper $809.00 vs $2,299.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,490 cheaper (2.8x 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
Color depth Better color depth 24.1 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.6 more bits of color
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D700:80.0
              NEX-7:81.0
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              D700:922k dots
              NEX-7:921k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D700:Full frame 36.0x23.9mm
              NEX-7:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D700:23.5 bits
              NEX-7:24.1 bits
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D700:Pentaprism
              NEX-7:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D700:$2,299.00
              NEX-7:$809.00
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $625 - $899 body only

              $929 - $997 with 18-105mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 - $747 body only

              $629 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $831 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $999 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Nikon D700 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D750

              Nikon D750

              Pro DSLR

              $2,297 body only

              $2,997 - $3,030 with 24-120mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Nikon D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,597 body only

              $1,997 - $2,040 with 24-85mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,360 - $1,373 body only

              $1,700 with 24-85mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon D800

              Nikon D800

              Pro DSLR

              $2,997 body only

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Movie format Shoots movies
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,499 body only

              $2,999 with 24-105mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Focus points Fewer focus points

              Sony NEX-7 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 - $700 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

              $399 - $574 body only

              $739 - $759 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
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,498 - $2,098 body only

              $1,770 - $1,798 with 28-70mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Size Larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $436 - $575 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Weight Lighter
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $689 body only

              $635 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

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