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

Nikon D7000

Winner
Nikon D7000

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Sony Alpha NEX-6

54

Sony Alpha NEX-6

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-6

Size
Really small
Mid size 120x67x43 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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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
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
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 10x more lenses available
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 2000 ms
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5x less delay when turning on
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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0.8 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
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
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 238 ms vs 257 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-6

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Size Significantly smaller 120x67x43 mm vs 132x105x77 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
Focus points Significantly more focus points 99 vs 39
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Much lighter 287 g vs 780 g
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2.7x lighter
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 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Thickness Thinner 1.7" vs 3"
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More than 40% thinner
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              D7000:920k dots
              NEX-6:921k dots
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D7000:80.0
              NEX-6:78.0
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D7000:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              NEX-6: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
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D7000:13.9 EV
              NEX-6:13.1 EV
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D7000:16.1 MP
              NEX-6:16 MP
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D7000:23.5 bits
              NEX-6:23.7 bits
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D7000:Pentaprism
              NEX-6:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $517 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $749 - $1,048 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 - $700 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $449 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $874 - $947 body only

              $1,247 with 18-140mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $1,000 body only

              $959 - $1,182 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
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Weather sealed No weather sealing

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,199 body only

              $787 with 18-200mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 - $410 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

              $499 body only

              $630 - $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Slightly smaller
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Samsung NX300

              Samsung NX300

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $520 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen type Has an OLED screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 - $598 with 16-50mm lens

              Autofocus Faster autofocus
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity

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