Updated (September 2010): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 vs Nikon D7000

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

81

Nikon D7000

73

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.74x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
More storage slots
Storage slots
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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

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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
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
230 lenses vs 82 lenses
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Around 3x more lenses available
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
6 fps vs 3 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Focus points
More focus points
39 vs 19
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Size
Significantly smaller
132×105×77 mm vs 156×117×82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Battery life
Longer battery life
1050 shots vs 880 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Built-in flash
Built-in flash
Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Lighter
780 g vs 895 g
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More than 10% lighter
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
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A850

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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
Viewfinder size
Significantly larger viewfinder
0.74x vs 0.62x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Low light performance
Slightly lower noise at high ISO
1,415 ISO vs 1,167 ISO
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The DSLR-A850 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.4 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
184 ms vs 238 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Color depth
Better color depth
23.8 bits vs 23.5 bits
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
              Shoot in extreme weather
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
              2
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/8000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D70006,400 ISO
              DSLR-A8503,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              3"

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $799 - $999 body only

              $1,019 - $1,099 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              Light sensitivity Significantly higher maximum light sensitivity
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $2,740 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,357 body only

              $1,780 with 24-85mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Canon EOS 6D

              Canon EOS 6D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,399 body only

              $1,799 with 24-105mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7200

              Nikon D7200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $968 - $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Movie continuous focus Doesn't focus continuously recording movies
              Lowest price More expensive
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $797 body only

              $948 - $1,097 with 18-140mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Focus points Significantly fewer focus points

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

              Pro DSLR

              $3,865 with 70-300mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 body only

              $3,280 with 28-75mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Samsung NX3000

              Samsung NX3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $300 - $350 with 20-50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sony A7

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,098 - $1,698 body only

              $1,398 - $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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