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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

83

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Nikon D7000

76

Nikon D7000

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A850

Great color depth
Color depth
23.8 bits
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.74x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
High true resolution
True resolution
24.4 MP
 

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
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
 

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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
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
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 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
132x105x77 mm vs 156x117x82 mm
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Around 30% smaller
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
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
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
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
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 2 f-stops better
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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
              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
              D7000:6,400 ISO
              DSLR-A850:3,200 ISO
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 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
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,499 body only

              $1,099 - $1,978 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D700

              Nikon D700

              Pro DSLR

              $4,337 body only

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 body only

              $598 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 D610

              Nikon D610

              Pro DSLR

              $1,497 - $1,597 body only

              $1,897 - $2,040 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
              Nikon D600

              Nikon D600

              Pro DSLR

              $1,373 body only

              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 5D Mark II

              Canon EOS 5D Mark II

              Pro DSLR

              $2,495 body only

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

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $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
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $779 body only

              $1,004 with 55-300mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
              Color depth Better color depth
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A850 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

              Pro DSLR

              $4,129 with 70-300mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Viewfinder coverage Better viewfinder coverage
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $998 - $1,050 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $1,998 body only

              $2,596 with 28-75mm lens

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

              Sony A7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,298 - $2,098 body only

              $1,598 with 28-70mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $898 body only

              $1,498 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Live view Has live view
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Sensor size Much smaller sensor

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