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Nikon D90 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Winner
Nikon D90

68

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

56

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D90

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.63x
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
Built-in focus motor
Badge
Autofocuses with more lenses
Great viewfinder
Viewfinder
Pentaprism
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
Fastest shutter speed
Fast shutter speed
1/8000 of a second

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D90. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A700.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D90

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Movie format
Shoots movies
720p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots HD (720p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
977 ISO vs 581 ISO
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The D90 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Overall image quality
Better image quality
73.0 vs 66.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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
12.5 EV vs 11.9 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.63x vs 0.59x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Battery life
Longer battery life
850 shots vs 650 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Color depth
Better color depth
22.7 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.4 more bits of color
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
300 ms vs 600 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Size
Significantly smaller
132x103x77 mm vs 142x105x80 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Viewfinder coverage
Better viewfinder coverage
96% vs 95%
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Almost the same
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
703 g vs 768 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A700

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5 fps vs 4.5 fps
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More than 10% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
180 ms vs 208 ms
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More than 10% less delay when taking photos
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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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Both have pentaprism viewfinders Help
              Pentaprism
              Common Weaknesses
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D90720p @ 24fps
              DSLR-A700None
              Weight Heavy Help
              D90703 g
              DSLR-A700768 g
              Light sensitivity (boost) Poor boost ISO Help
              6,400 ISO
              Autofocus No video autofocus Help
              Manual focus only
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D903"
              DSLR-A7003.1"
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              12.2 MP
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Size Large Help
              D90132x103x77 mm
              DSLR-A700142x105x80 mm
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D903,200 ISO
              DSLR-A7001,600 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              11
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D90977 ISO
              DSLR-A700581 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $685 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $600 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $570 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D300

              Nikon D300

              Pro DSLR

              $1,649 body only

              $1,999 with 18-135mm lens

              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $400 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is significantly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Nikon D80

              Nikon D80

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,704 body only

              $1,500 with 18-135mm lens

              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Canon EOS 70D

              Canon EOS 70D

              Pro DSLR

              $949 body only

              $1,249 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker

              Nikon D90 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $279 - $547 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Much smaller viewfinder
              Battery life Significantly shorter battery life
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $897 body only

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

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $579 - $673 body only

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

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

              Entry-level DSLR

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
              Viewfinder size Significantly smaller viewfinder
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,300 with 18-135mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Canon EOS 40D

              Canon EOS 40D

              Pro DSLR

              $700 body only

              $1,699 with 28-135mm lens

              Live view Has live view
              Battery life Much longer battery life
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $459 - $633 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen

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