Updated (April, 2014): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 vs Nikon D7000

Winner
Sony SLT-A77

82

Nikon D7000

76

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Great color depth
Color depth
24 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Battery life
Great battery life
1050 shots

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 3100 ms
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7.7x less delay when turning on
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Battery life
Longer battery life
1050 shots vs 530 shots
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Around 2x more shots per battery charge
Focus points
More focus points
39 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
80.0 vs 78.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 13.2 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Size
Smaller
132x105x77 mm vs 143x104x81 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$688.00 vs $1,098.89
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The best price we've seen is $411 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 6 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.62x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
124 ms vs 238 ms
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Around 50% less delay when taking photos
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
24 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A77's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
11 vs 9
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Weight
Slightly lighter
732 g vs 780 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3.0"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $673 body only

              $899 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Viewfinder coverage Slightly less viewfinder coverage
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $722 body only

              $1,038 with 55-300mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 - $1,197 body only

              $1,240 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Size Slightly larger
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive

              Sony SLT-A77 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $878 - $898 body only

              $1,498 - $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Focus points Many more focus points
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $591 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 - $2,798 body only

              $2,896 with 28-75mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Size Smaller
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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              discussion

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              Avatar for Mr. Ry Mr. Ry (5:50 AM, January 27, 2013)
              Much more lenses available 169 lenses vs 92 lenses (More than 80% more lenses available)

              well of course..
              Nikon has :
              Nikkor 18-55mm
              Nikkor 18-55mm VR
              Sony only has :
              SAM 18-55mm
              see it?
              More than 80% more lenses available, well.... Of Course!
              Because that VR Badge!
              Sony don't have that kind of lenses. VR is in camera body, and works well,
              images are arguably sharper, because no VR optics in their Lenses.
              So, comparison in this section is not comparable..
               
              Avatar for Dave Dave (11:21 PM, January 09, 2013)
              Nikon D7000 suffer from dust on sensor problem.
               
              Avatar for José Diaz José Diaz (8:08 PM, September 13, 2012)
              A Sony SLT77 é muito superior em tecnologia e em inovações digitais. O visor eletrônico não é nem um pouco inferior ao visor ótico e pelo contrário, oferece muitas vantagens. Acredito que esta análise seja um pouco tradicionalista, levando em consideração somente alguns pontos básicos como importantes.
               
              Jrecepcion (1:06 AM, July 09, 2012)
              actually, the sony being an SLT gives the A77 some "edge". Faster FPS and Phase Detection AF in video mode kicks NIKON and CANON's butt
               
              V Grips (7:57 PM, June 14, 2012)
              Cough cough
              if Sony behind, then so Nikon. (break your Nikon body and see what sensor inside your  brand) Cough coughno Sony = no Nikonand you lose (`▽´)-σ
               
              Rapist (8:06 AM, January 11, 2012)
              Notice how D7000 has all the pro advantages

              A77's advantages are like in camera HDR and panorama... great
               
              Qku5735 (4:08 AM, November 26, 2011)
              The votes goes to Sony...
               
              Amentet (5:21 PM, November 10, 2011)
              Falso, segun varias reseñas, la a77 es mejor hasta iso 800 en terminos de calidad, y tiene mas caracteristicas utiles. Si deseas hacer un trabajo con poca luz, es mejor la nikon....todo depende del uso.
               
              manny (0:54 AM, November 10, 2011)
              sony is the jack of all trades but a MASTER OF NONE. 
               
              manny (0:50 AM, November 10, 2011)
              its the worst either... its not a true dslr... still canon and nikon got the edge...... 
               
              manny (0:47 AM, November 10, 2011)
              to all sony fanatics, well you're behind. hehehe
               
              Germancho 1228 (6:28 PM, November 07, 2011)
              La D7000 puede ser un tanto mas vieja, pero la calidad de Nikon, no la supera la mas moderna de las sony, simple.
               
              Avatar for MaxDemon MaxDemon (8:23 AM, October 31, 2011)
              Under ISO400 , A77 wins in terms of IQ
               
              Marcoa_sony (1:57 AM, October 28, 2011)
              No entiendo por que califican a la A77 por debajo de la D700, es mejor camara y es lo podemos saber a los pocos que hemos utilizado esta camara. La D7000 es un modelo de vejestorio carece de tecnologia y avances en fotografia digital. Muchos vivimos con tradicionalismo y cuando un equipo nueva supera a lo viejo lo vemos como malo.....
               
              Fito22 (7:03 AM, October 20, 2011)
              yes..but the a77 is not a true DSLR either...1/3 of light is sacrified..ignorant...
               
              Rockadell (2:20 AM, October 18, 2011)
              Nikon D7000 price WAS wrong too
               
              Obayedh (0:12 AM, October 18, 2011)
              a77 is the best APS-C camera at the moment IMHO.
               
              Obayedh (0:10 AM, October 18, 2011)
              a77 price is wrong here - the retail price is 1,399 not 2.497! What a shame!!
               
              Hunter (3:36 AM, October 16, 2011)
              I absolutely Love Nikon, but the A77 takes the cake. It should definitely have the higher score
               
              Hubertboudreau (11:30 PM, October 05, 2011)
              I think this is then best review of the two caneras, that I have seen.
               
              AT (8:04 PM, October 04, 2011)
              D3 and D700 are full frame. A77 has APC sensor. No comparaison can be done in terms of image quality.

              I don't think Sony is sacrificing anything. Low light performance is not the main quality criteria for a camera. Just to remember, this new technology allows continuous PDAF even in video mode (with complete manuel control), 12fps with AF, ... 
               
              AT (7:57 PM, October 04, 2011)
              No sport lens? Sony 70-400 G is far better than canon and nikon lens according to DXO. And what about the 300 f/2.8 G ??? Don't forget that Sony can also use all the old and well known Minolta G lenses !

              Cough cough Nikon D7000 can't do continuous phase detection focus, even with its vertical grip.
               
              AT (7:49 PM, October 04, 2011)
              Digital viewfinder score = 0 ! can you explain me? 

              Popularity criteria : absurd for a new camera like a77 !
               
              Avatar for Leonard Washington Leonard Washington (6:15 PM, October 02, 2011)
              Don't forget its moving forward but sacrificing what is important. Low light performance  noise handling, and actually better still image photography. You know that older pro DSLRs like D3 and D700 that are 4 years old still out perform modern DSLRs and still hold their value... if so 5Dmk2 and D700 actually went up in price if you can find them new... 
               
              Avatar for Leonard Washington Leonard Washington (6:13 PM, October 02, 2011)
              There is not really a good sony lense to shoot sports with so A77 is kind of out of that league. Don't forget you put a vertical grip on D7000 and you will shoot at 8 fps. True sport cameras are D3S and 1D mkIV. For stills D7000 whoops on A77 plus don't forget the much higher ISO/low light advantage. You paying almost D700 money for A77 and that is whole other league. Only Sony DSLR camera I would get if I didn't have Nikon glass would be the A900. But for mirrorless the 7n looks awesome thats no question!