Updated (August 2011): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Sony NEX-7

Nikon D7000 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
Nikon D7000

56

Sony Alpha NEX-5

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Great viewfinder coverage
Viewfinder coverage
100%
Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
Great battery life
Battery life
1050 shots
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Size
Really small
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
238 ms vs 670 ms
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2.8x less delay when taking photos
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 3x more shots per battery charge
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
230 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 3.5x more lenses available
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Overall image quality
Better image quality
80.0 vs 69.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 1000 ms
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2.5x less delay when turning on
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.9 EV vs 12.2 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
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
Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO vs 796 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
9 vs 0
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Almost the same
True resolution
Slightly higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
39 vs 25
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Fastest shutter speed
Faster max shutter speed
1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
111×59×38 mm vs 132×105×77 mm
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4.3x smaller
Screen flips out
Has a flip-out screen
Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Weight
Much lighter
287 g vs 780 g
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2.7x lighter
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.5" vs 3"
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2x thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-5's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Continuous shooting
Shoots slightly faster
7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
Lowest price
Slightly cheaper
$359.99 vs $479.00
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The best price we've seen is $119 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              D70001/8000s
              NEX-51/4000s
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D70009
              NEX-50
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              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

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              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

              $979 - $1,197 body only

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

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

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $713 - $897 body only

              $948 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder coverage Much less viewfinder coverage

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $605 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $280 body only

              $440 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $400 body only

              $350 with 16mm lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $761 body only

              $660 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Weight Slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $549 body only

              $879 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay

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