Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Sony NEX-5R

Nikon D7000

Winner
Nikon D7000

76

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Sony NEX-5N

53

Sony NEX-5N

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

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

Reasons to buy the Sony NEX-5N

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 mm
Light sensitivity
High ISO
25,600 ISO
Touch screen
Touch screen
Less buttons
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 

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 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
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 1900 ms
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4.8x less delay when turning on
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 460 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
80.0 vs 77.0
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Almost the same
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 12.7 EV
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1.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
39 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO vs 1,079 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.1 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5N

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Size
Significantly smaller
111x59x38 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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4.3x smaller
Touch screen
Has a touch screen
Yes vs No
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Fewer buttons to worry about and direct interaction with camera menus
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
Weight
Much lighter
269 g vs 780 g
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2.9x lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5N's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3"
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2x thinner
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Cheaper
$299.00 vs $679.00
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The best price we've seen is $380 cheaper (2.3x less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D7000:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              NEX-5N:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D7000:16.1 MP
              NEX-5N:16 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D7000:23.5 bits
              NEX-5N:23.6 bits
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D7000:13.9 EV
              NEX-5N:12.7 EV
              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
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 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 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 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 - $899 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
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Shutter lag 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 NEX-5N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5R

              Sony NEX-5R

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $396 body only

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $299 body only

              $549 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Significantly more focus points
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $298 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $473 body only

              $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $286 body only

              $373 with 16-50mm lens

              Built-in flash Built-in flash
              Lowest price Slightly cheaper
              Touch screen No touch screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen

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