Nikon D7000 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Winner
Nikon D7000

100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

91

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.62x
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7000.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580.

competitors

Nikon D7000 Competitors

Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$474 body only

$459 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,149 - $1,297 body only

$1,797 with 24-120mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Size Much larger
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$709 body only

$1,097 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

Nikon D90

Nikon D90

Entry-level DSLR

$449 body only

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
True resolution Much lower true resolution
Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$330 body only

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68

Boutique

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

discussion

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Avatar for Robertbgillies Robertbgillies (2:34 AM, February 23, 2012)
If you buy a lens like the Tamron 70-200mm f2.8 for Sony you also get image stabilization since it is built into the camera. If you buy the same lens for Nikon you have to do without image stabilization. If you buy the Nikon equivalent lens with VR then you pay over $2000 which is way more than the Sony a580 and the Tamron combined. Not everybody is prepared to pay over $2000 for a lens so this is a point in favor of the Sony. I personally own the D7000 with the 70-300mm VR and the 16-85mm VR. The D7000 is not just a camera but rather a combination of a camera plus a small computer. There is a bit of a learning curve involved. Years ago I had a Nikormat film camera which I bought new. It was much easier to figure out how to use it.
 
proton (9:16 AM, February 14, 2012)
hmmm....what a surprise....should tthink twice
 
Ritz1010 (8:00 PM, January 28, 2012)
To all considering d7000. Search google for D7000 sensor oil droplet problem. Too many users are complaining of oil from D7000'd mirror splashing on sensor and to amke things worse.........."Nikon is on ttotal denial. they just clean the sensor and ship it back saying "all is fine"
 
Unbiased (0:16 AM, June 05, 2011)
Both are very good cameras, but I honestly have to say that this is a waste of a comparison, this is what you call biased to nikon, get this Crap off the internet!
 
Lamboram (9:39 AM, May 28, 2011)
Dear Chris,

I accept your view about Nikon. I own an Alpha DSLR 580. Both Nikon D7000 and A580 has same sensor from Sony. and I think Sony has a better software interface and much more features for all-round use. I have tried D5100, D7000, Canon 550D, 600D, 7D before buying the Sony, but IMHO Sony is more of a bang for the buck. I got a prime lens, a telephoto lens with the kit lens, body and accessories for the price of D7000. So selecting a camera can vary with personal taste. I am with Snapsort in this view, no camera is good or bad, every camera has a good and bad side, it depends on you to select it wisely.. :) Cheers..
 
Jckenno (5:48 AM, May 10, 2011)
I agree Chris, I thin Nikons are overrated. The newer sonys and canons are awesome
 
PinoyPhotog (9:23 AM, April 27, 2011)
Jealuosy would get you nowhere...LOL!
 
Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (4:49 PM, April 25, 2011)
Hi Chris, we're happy to hear your opinion and discuss stuff, but we'd appreciate you not resorting to words like shit and crap :) Nikon cameras are very good, so are Canons. I'm sure there are some areas in which Canon camera's excel, and same for Nikon. Nikon cameras are often cited for their great focusing capabilities.
 
Chris (2:32 AM, April 22, 2011)
I had Used both of them and You may think that the Nikon is better; because of the Numbers, but no, it JUST CRAP!!!! do not waste you money on that shit. If you want to buy I good DSLR Buy a SONY or a Canon, !