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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
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Built-in focus motor
Autofocuses with more lenses
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Phase detection autofocus
fast and accurate
 

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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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 60fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Size Much smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 147x123x77 mm
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5.6x smaller
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
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
        Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
        Risk of blur

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 - $1,197 body only

        $1,290 - $1,347 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

        $640 body only

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Storage slots Has more storage slots
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Sony A7

        Sony A7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,498 - $2,298 body only

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

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Built-in flash Doesn't have a built-in flash
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $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
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

        Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is much heavier
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $899 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        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 with 24-120mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Autofocus Video autofocus
        Nikon D610

        Nikon D610

        Pro DSLR

        $1,797 - $1,997 body only

        $2,197 - $2,300 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 - $1,424 body only

        $1,550 with 50mm lens

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

        Nikon D800

        Pro DSLR

        $2,999 - $3,160 body only

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

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,595 body only

        $3,495 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

        $648 body only

        $798 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

        Focus points Many more focus points
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        3D Doesn't take 3D photos
        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Sony Alpha NEX-6

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $430 body only

        $749 - $890 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 NEX-5N

        Sony NEX-5N

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 body only

        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
        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Sony Alpha NEX-5

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $498 with 16-50mm lens

        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        Weight Lighter
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Supports 24p No 24p support
        Canon EOS M

        Canon EOS M

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $350 body only

        $305 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
        Overall image quality Worse image quality

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