Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Sony SLT-A77

Nikon D7000

Winner
Nikon D7000

83

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

55

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.62x
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
Storage slots
More storage slots
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,167 ISO vs 581 ISO
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The D7000 has excellent image quality 1 f-stop higher ISO than the DSLR-A700
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 11.9 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Focus points Many more focus points 39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 650 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Size Significantly smaller 132x105x77 mm vs 142x105x80 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.62x vs 0.59x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 6 fps vs 5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A700

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 180 ms vs 238 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
        2
        Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        Weight Heavy Help
        D7000:780 g
        DSLR-A700:768 g
        Size Large Help
        D7000:132x105x77 mm
        DSLR-A700:142x105x80 mm
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D7000:16.1 MP
        DSLR-A700:12.2 MP
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D7000:6,400 ISO
        DSLR-A700:1,600 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        D7000:Contrast detection
        DSLR-A700:None
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D7000:1080p @ 24fps
        DSLR-A700:None

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $929 body only

        $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Size Is significantly smaller
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 - $415 body only

        $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D300

        Nikon D300

        Pro DSLR

        $1,700 body only

        Focus points Has slightly more focus points
        Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $648 body only

        $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Thickness Is thicker

        Nikon D7000 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,047 body only

        $1,347 with 18-140mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Screen size Significantly larger screen
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Lowest price Significantly more expensive
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 body only

        $450 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,530 with 28-135mm lens

        Cross type focus points Significantly more cross-type focus points
        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,231 body only

        $200 - $1,149 with 18-55mm lens

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        HDR Has in-camera HDR
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Entry-level DSLR

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Canon EOS 40D

        Canon EOS 40D

        Pro DSLR

        Live view Has live view
        Battery life Much longer battery life
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

        Entry-level DSLR

        Live view Has live view
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Sony SLT A57

        Sony SLT A57

        Entry-level DSLR

        $846 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Live view Has live view
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

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        Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:30 PM, May 06, 2013)
        Thanks for pointing that out, we will have that fixed up soon
         
        Ehsan (6:07 AM, May 05, 2013)
        You put an A200 pics instead of A700!!! Front view image belongs to A200!!