Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Sony SLT A58

Nikon D7000 vs Sony SLT A57

Winner
Nikon D7000

83

Sony SLT A57

70

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
Great battery life
Battery life
1050 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO vs 785 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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 550 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality
Better image quality
80.0 vs 75.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 13 EV
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0.9 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
Fastest shutter speed
Much faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D7000 does so at a lower frame rate
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 6 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Viewfinder size
Much 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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A57's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Weight
Significantly lighter
618 g vs 780 g
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More than 20% lighter
Size
Slightly smaller
132x98x81 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$607.92 vs $684.00
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The best price we've seen is $76 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D70000.62x
              SLT A570.72x
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
              100%
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D70003"
              SLT A573.2"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7000780 g
              SLT A57618 g
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D700016.1 MP
              SLT A5716 MP
              Size Large Help
              D7000132x105x77 mm
              SLT A57132x98x81 mm
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen size Has a significantly larger 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

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $709 body only

              $1,020 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

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

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,170 - $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

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

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $591 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS Has a GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $455 - $627 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Weight Lighter
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,300 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Size Significantly larger
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,963 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies

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