Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

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Nikon D7000

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.74x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
True resolution
High true resolution
24.4 MP
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Movie format Shoots movies 1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 82 lenses
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2.5x more lenses available
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.2 EV
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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Autofocus Video autofocus Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Continuous shooting Shoots 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
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Size Smaller 132x105x77 mm vs 156x117x82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 98%
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Almost the same
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 80.0 vs 79.0
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Almost the same
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 1050 shots vs 880 shots
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Around 20% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D7000's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 400 ms vs 500 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
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
Weight Lighter 780 g vs 895 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A850

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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 0.74x vs 0.62x
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More than 40% larger viewfinder
Sensor size Much larger sensor Full frame 35.9x24.0mm vs APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
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Around 2.5x larger sensor
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24.4 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
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
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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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
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        similarities

        Compared to recent DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Weather sealed Weather sealed Help
        Shoot in extreme weather
        Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
        Pentaprism
        Storage slots Multiple storage slots Help
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        Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
        1/8000 of a second
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D7000:6,400 ISO
        DSLR-A850:3,200 ISO
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D7100

        Nikon D7100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $1,097 body only

        $1,320 - $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
        Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 body only

        $579 - $697 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 D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        Weight Is slightly lighter
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
        Nikon D700

        Nikon D700

        Pro DSLR

        $3,150 body only

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

        Nikon D600

        Pro DSLR

        $1,521 - $1,600 body only

        $2,025 - $2,150 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
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Canon EOS 5D Mark II

        Pro DSLR

        $2,280 body only

        $2,500 with 24-105mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Storage slots Has fewer storage slots

        Nikon D7000 Competitors

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        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $871 body only

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

        Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Canon EOS 7D

        Canon EOS 7D

        Pro DSLR

        $999 - $1,199 body only

        $1,099 - $1,478 with 28-135mm lens

        Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
        Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $629 - $769 body only

        $848 - $948 with 18-105mm lens

        Shutter lag Less shutter lag
        Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
        External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
        Overall image quality Worse image quality
        Canon EOS 70D

        Canon EOS 70D

        Pro DSLR

        $1,049 - $1,150 body only

        $200 - $1,249 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Competitors

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        Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

        Pro DSLR

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

        Sony SLT-A99

        Pro DSLR

        $2,298 - $2,299 body only

        $3,196 - $3,198 with 28-75mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Movie format Shoots movies
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Sony A7

        Sony A7

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $1,498 - $2,298 body only

        $1,798 - $1,998 with 28-70mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Focus points Many more focus points
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization

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