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

Nikon D7000

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Nikon D7000

83

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Sony SLT A57

65

Sony SLT A57

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
 

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
Light sensitivity
High ISO
16,000 ISO
 
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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
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 550 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Overall image quality Better image quality 80.0 vs 75.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Focus points Significantly more focus points 39 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
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
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
Lowest price Cheaper $721.00 vs $860.92
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The best price we've seen is $140 cheaper (around 20% less)
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Movie format Lower 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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 6 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.62x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
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
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Viewfinder coverage Above average viewfinder coverage Help
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              Size Large Help
              D7000:132x105x77 mm
              SLT A57:132x98x81 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D7000:16.1 MP
              SLT A57:16 MP

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $797 body only

              $847 - $897 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
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,052 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $816 - $848 with 18-105mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D7000.

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 - $498 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 - $499 body only

              $798 - $998 with 18-135mm lens

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

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