Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Sony NEX-7

Nikon D7000

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Nikon D7000

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
Viewfinder coverage
Great viewfinder coverage
100%
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

Size
Really small
Compact 111x59x38 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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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
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 3x more shots per battery charge
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 10x more lenses available
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Overall image quality Better image quality 80.0 vs 69.0
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Around 20% better image quality
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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1.7 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Pentaprism vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.2 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-5

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Size Significantly smaller 111x59x38 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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4.3x smaller
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $498.00 vs $1,699.00
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The best price we've seen is $1,201 cheaper (3.4x less)
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 1 f-stop better
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 7 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 20% faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              920k dots
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D7000:APS-C 23.6x15.6mm
              NEX-5:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
              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
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Support external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $659 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a slightly larger screen
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $549 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $277 body only

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 - $648 body only

              $748 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,047 body only

              $1,347 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
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $999 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 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
              Weather sealed No weather sealing
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,100 body only

              $1,299 with 18-135mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Built-in focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Lowest price Significantly cheaper
              Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $890 with 18-55mm 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

              $398 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Thickness Slightly thinner
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $399 - $480 body only

              $890 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
              Sony NEX-7

              Sony NEX-7

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $1,074 body only

              $1,125 with 18-55mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive

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