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

Nikon D7000 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Winner
Nikon D7000

83

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

55

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

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

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second
Storage slots
More storage slots
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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D7000.
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differences

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-stops 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
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.8 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
1050 shots vs 650 shots
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More than 60% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
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
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Size
Smaller
132×105×77 mm vs 142×105×80 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 600 ms
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More than 30% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D7000's boost ISO is 4 f-stops better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 4 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
  1. 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
Weight
Slightly lighter
768 g vs 780 g
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Almost the same
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recommendations

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
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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              Fastest shutter speed Very fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Weight Heavy Help
              D7000780 g
              DSLR-A700768 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D70003"
              DSLR-A7003.1"
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              D7000132×105×77 mm
              DSLR-A700142×105×80 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D700016.1 MP
              DSLR-A70012.2 MP
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D70006,400 ISO
              DSLR-A7001,600 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D70001080p @ 24fps
              DSLR-A700None

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 body only

              $977 with 55-300mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $724 body only

              $929 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 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
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 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

              $1,649 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              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

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm 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 D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 - $897 body only

              $959 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $910 - $1,197 body only

              $1,235 - $1,497 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $834 body only

              $945 with 50mm lens

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,126 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

              Entry-level DSLR

              Size Much smaller
              Thickness Much thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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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!!