Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7100 vs Sony SLT-A65

Nikon D7000

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Nikon D7000

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Sony SLT-A55

71

Sony SLT-A55

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,167 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.9 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A55

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D7000

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,167 ISO vs 816 ISO
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The D7000 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
Overall image quality Better image quality 80.0 vs 73.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Focus points Significantly more focus points 39 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.9 EV vs 12.4 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 900 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 9 vs 3
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 23 bits
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Distinguishes 0.5 more bits of color
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Thickness Significantly thinner 3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Fastest shutter speed Much 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 SLT-A55

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.62x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
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
Movie format Lower frame rate movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D7000 does so at a lower frame rate
Size Smaller 124x92x85 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Weight Much lighter 500 g vs 780 g
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Around 40% lighter
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT-A55's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $699.00 vs $1,098.95
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The best price we've seen is $400 cheaper (around 40% less)
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 220 ms vs 238 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D7000:$1,098.95
              SLT-A55:$699.00
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D7000:16.1 MP
              SLT-A55:16 MP
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              D7000:1080p @ 24fps
              SLT-A55:1080p @ 30fps

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,097 body only

              $1,397 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $679 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $697 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $999 - $1,799 body only

              $1,299 - $1,729 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has significantly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly less viewfinder coverage
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 - $567 body only

              $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity

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              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 - $929 body only

              $790 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 - $1,155 body only

              $450 - $1,449 with 18-135mm lens

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

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              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $675 body only

              $772 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $861 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (1:18 PM, July 04, 2011)
              These are both great cameras. You should be able to do panoramic photos and HDR shots with the Nikon D7000, you will just have to do it in post production, unlike the Sony SLR-A55 which does that all in camera. 

              My suggestion would be to go with the Nikon D7000, it is a solid camera that will last you for years. If you are looking for a camera with a lot of toys then the Sony SLR-A55 is your camera, you could also use the $500 you could save with the Sony to buy a good lens off of LenHero.com.
              Good luck.
               
              sampit (8:19 AM, July 01, 2011)
              Guys..need your help to make a decision here...

              I currently have Olympus Pen series camera, and now I'm planning to buy a new camera for general purposes. My options are Nikon D7000 and Sony SLT-A55. What do you think?

              I'm in full dilemma here, I'm sure that D7000 Nikon is a better choice, however, I love the function of Panoramic, video autofocus, and HDR, which D7000 don't have. Need your full feedback here, please help. Thanx.