Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Sony Alpha NEX-6

Nikon D7000 vs Sony Alpha NEX-6

Winner
Nikon D7000

76

Sony Alpha NEX-6

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
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Contrast detection
Built-in focus motor
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Autofocuses with more lenses
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Size
Really small
Mid size (120×67×43 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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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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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 Hybrid detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 2000 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
230 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 3.5x more lenses available
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 360 shots
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Around 3x more shots per battery charge
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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 13.1 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
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
238 ms vs 257 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO vs 1,018 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.2 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-6

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Size
Significantly smaller
120×67×43 mm vs 132×105×77 mm
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3.1x 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
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weight
Much lighter
287 g vs 780 g
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2.7x lighter
Focus points
More focus points
99 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-6's maximum light sensitivity is 4 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
1.7" vs 3"
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More than 40% thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$549.00 vs $649.00
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The best price we've seen is $100 cheaper (around 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              D7000920k dots
              NEX-6921k dots
              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
              D700013.9 EV
              NEX-613.1 EV
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D7000Pentaprism
              NEX-6Digital
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              D70001/8000s
              NEX-61/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              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

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $745 - $897 body only

              $989 - $1,197 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 D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $589 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 body only

              $976 with 55-300mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Weight Lighter
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $910 - $1,197 body only

              $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $834 body only

              $949 - $1,134 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Sony Alpha NEX-6 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $595 body only

              $650 with 18-55mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $284 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Size Slightly smaller
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $347 body only

              $898 with 16mm lens

              3D Takes 3D photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Viewfinder No viewfinder

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