Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D7000 vs Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A57

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Sony SLT A57

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Nikon D90

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Nikon D90

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
12 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.63x
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentaprism
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
208 ms shutter lag
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Low light performance
Lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 785 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentaprism vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
850 shots vs 550 shots
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More than 50% more shots per battery charge
Built-in focus motor
Has a built-in focus motor
Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 720p @ 24fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video at a higher frame rate
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Phase detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
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
0.72x vs 0.63x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
23.4 bits vs 22.7 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
75.0 vs 73.0
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SLT A57's maximum light sensitivity is 2.3 f-stops better
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 96%
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A57's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 12.5 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points
More focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$607.92 vs $778.81
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The best price we've seen is $171 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Weight
Lighter
618 g vs 703 g
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More than 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder size Above average viewfinder size Help
              D90:0.63x
              SLT A57:0.72x
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Lowest price Very expensive Help
              D90:$778.81
              SLT A57:$607.92
              Size Large Help
              D90:132x103x77 mm
              SLT A57:132x98x81 mm
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D90:12.2 MP
              SLT A57:16 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D90:1
              SLT A57:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $896 - $897 body only

              $1,197 with 18-140mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $899 body only

              $959 - $1,182 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D90.

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 - $455 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS Has a GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

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

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Size Significantly larger
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              GPS Has a GPS
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $464 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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