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

Nikon D7000 vs Sony SLT-A55

Winner
Nikon D7000

83

Sony SLT-A55

74

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D7000

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.9 EV
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Shoot in extreme weather
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

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
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 330 shots
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More than 3x more shots per battery charge
Overall image quality
Better image quality
80.0 vs 73.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Weather sealed
Weather sealed
Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
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
Focus points
Significantly more focus points
39 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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Almost the same
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Thickness
Much 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
Lowest price
Cheaper
$685.00 vs $797.12
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The best price we've seen is $112 cheaper (more than 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A55

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.62x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
10 fps vs 6 fps
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Around 70% faster continuous shooting
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
GPS
Has a GPS
Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Movie format
Higher 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
Weight
Much lighter
500 g vs 780 g
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Around 40% lighter
Size
Smaller
124x92x85 mm vs 132x105x77 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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
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
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D70000.62x
              SLT-A550.72x
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D70003"
              SLT-A553.3"
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D700016.1 MP
              SLT-A5516 MP
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D70006,400 ISO
              SLT-A5512,800 ISO
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              D70001080p @ 24fps
              SLT-A551080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 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
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $714 body only

              $1,026 with 55-300mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $673 body only

              $899 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

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

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is significantly less expensive
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 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 Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D7000 Competitors

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              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

              $1,160 - $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $749 - $778 body only

              $849 - $1,448 with 28-135mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Autofocus Faster video autofocus
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Sony SLT-A55 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $591 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $457 - $631 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.