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Nikon D7000 vs Sony A77

Portability
59
Imaging
56
Features
76
Overall
64
Nikon D7000 front
 
Sony SLT-A77 front
Portability
59
Imaging
64
Features
83
Overall
71

Nikon D7000 vs Sony A77 Key Specs

Nikon D7000
(Full Review)
  • 16MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fixed Display
  • ISO 100 - 6400 (Boost to 25600)
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Nikon F Mount
  • 780g - 132 x 105 x 77mm
  • Released November 2010
  • Succeeded the Nikon D90
  • Renewed by Nikon D7100
Sony A77
(Full Review)
  • 24MP - APS-C Sensor
  • 3" Fully Articulated Screen
  • ISO 50 - 16000 (Raise to 25600)
  • Sensor based Image Stabilization
  • 1/8000s Max Shutter
  • 1920 x 1080 video
  • Sony/Minolta Alpha Mount
  • 732g - 143 x 104 x 81mm
  • Announced October 2011
  • Old Model is Sony A700
  • New Model is Sony A77 II
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Nikon D7000 vs Sony A77 Overview

Below, we will be comparing the Nikon D7000 and Sony A77, both Advanced DSLR digital cameras by rivals Nikon and Sony. There is a significant difference between the sensor resolutions of the D7000 (16MP) and A77 (24MP) but they feature the exact same sensor sizing (APS-C).

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The D7000 was unveiled 10 months prior to the A77 so they are of a similar generation. Each of the cameras come with the identical body type (Mid-size SLR).

Before we go straight into a thorough comparison, below is a quick summation of how the D7000 matches up against the A77 with regards to portability, imaging, features and an overall score.

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Reasons to pick Nikon D7000 over the Sony A77

 D7000 A77 

Reasons to pick Sony A77 over the Nikon D7000

 A77 D7000 
AnnouncedOctober 2011November 2010More modern by 10 months
Screen typeFully ArticulatedFixed Fully Articulating screen
Selfie screen Easy selfies

Common features in the Nikon D7000 and Sony A77

 D7000 A77 
Focus manually More precise focus
Screen dimension3"3"Identical screen measurement
Screen resolution921k921kThe same screen resolution
Touch friendly screen Neither provides Touch friendly screen

Nikon D7000 vs Sony A77 Physical Comparison

If you are intending to carry around your camera often, you should take into account its weight and dimensions. The Nikon D7000 provides exterior dimensions of 132mm x 105mm x 77mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0") with a weight of 780 grams (1.72 lbs) whilst the Sony A77 has dimensions of 143mm x 104mm x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2") having a weight of 732 grams (1.61 lbs).

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Always remember, the weight of an Interchangeable Lens Camera will change depending on the lens you are utilising at that time. Below is the front view measurement comparison of the D7000 versus the A77.

Nikon D7000 vs Sony A77 size comparison

Taking into account size and weight, the portability grade of the D7000 and A77 is 59 and 59 respectively.

Nikon D7000 vs Sony A77 top view buttons comparison

Nikon D7000 vs Sony A77 Sensor Comparison

Usually, it can be hard to picture the gap between sensor sizes only by reading through specs. The pic here should offer you a clearer sense of the sensor sizes in the D7000 and A77.

As you can plainly see, both cameras have got the exact same sensor measurements albeit different megapixels. You should count on the Sony A77 to give extra detail having an extra 8 Megapixels. Higher resolution will make it easier to crop pictures much more aggressively. The more aged D7000 is going to be disadvantaged with regard to sensor innovation.

Nikon D7000 vs Sony A77 sensor size comparison

Nikon D7000 vs Sony A77 Screen and ViewFinder

Nikon D7000 vs Sony A77 Screen and Viewfinder comparison
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Photography Type Scores

Portrait Comparison

Nikon D7000 Portrait photography features
Sony A77 Portrait photography features
73
has manual focus
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports face detection focusing
saves RAW formats
78
focusing manually
good resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
provides face detect focusing
exports RAW formats
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Street Comparison

Nikon D7000 Street photography highlights
Sony A77 Street photography highlights
58
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather proof
screen does not articulate
lack of image stabilization
75
fully articulated screen
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
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Sports Comparison

Nikon D7000 as a Sports photography camera
Sony A77 as a Sports photography camera
66
max shutter speed is good (1/8,000 seconds)
megapixel count good (16 megapixels)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
supports tracking autofocus
weather proof
great battery (1,050 per charge)
sensor has phase detect AF
painfully slow continuous shooting (6.0 fps)
lack of image stabilization
74
great max shutter speed (1/8,000s)
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24MP)
good sensor size (APS-C)
environment sealing
sensor has phase detect AF
not so great battery power (470 per charge)
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Travel Comparison

Travel photography with Nikon D7000
Travel photography with Sony A77
66
great battery (1,050 per charge)
weather proof
megapixel count good (16MP)
flash built-in
display is not selfie friendly
63
environment sealing
good resolution (24MP)
built-in flash
selfie friendly display
no Timelapse mode
not so great battery power (470 shots)
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Landscape Comparison

Nikon D7000 Landscape photography information
Sony A77 Landscape photography information
73
has manual focus
interchangeable lenses (Nikon F mount)
pretty good screen size (3")
megapixel count good (16MP)
sensor size is decent (APS-C)
saves RAW formats
weather proof
great battery (1,050 shots)
two card slots
lack of image stabilization
71
focusing manually
interchangeable lenses (Sony/Minolta Alpha mount)
screen size is good (3")
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
good resolution (24 megapixels)
good sensor size (APS-C)
exports RAW formats
environment sealing
not so great battery power (470 per charge)
no Timelapse mode
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Vlogging Comparison

Nikon D7000 Vlogging info
Sony A77 Vlogging info
29
supports face detection focusing
high res video (1920 x 1080 pxls)
includes external microphone socket
display is not selfie friendly
lack of image stabilization
76
selfie friendly display
built in image stabilization (Sensor based)
provides face detect focusing
video res high (1920 x 1080 resolution)
includes microphone port
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Nikon D7000 vs Sony A77 Specifications

Detailed spec comparison table for Nikon D7000 and Sony A77
 Nikon D7000Sony SLT-A77
General Information
Make Nikon Sony
Model type Nikon D7000 Sony SLT-A77
Class Advanced DSLR Advanced DSLR
Released 2010-11-30 2011-10-25
Body design Mid-size SLR Mid-size SLR
Sensor Information
Processor Chip Expeed 2 Bionz
Sensor type CMOS CMOS
Sensor size APS-C APS-C
Sensor measurements 23.6 x 15.7mm 23.5 x 15.6mm
Sensor surface area 370.5mm² 366.6mm²
Sensor resolution 16MP 24MP
Anti alias filter
Aspect ratio 3:2 3:2 and 16:9
Full resolution 4928 x 3264 6000 x 4000
Max native ISO 6400 16000
Max boosted ISO 25600 25600
Minimum native ISO 100 50
RAW files
Autofocusing
Manual focusing
AF touch
Continuous AF
Single AF
AF tracking
AF selectice
Center weighted AF
AF multi area
Live view AF
Face detect focusing
Contract detect focusing
Phase detect focusing
Total focus points 39 19
Cross type focus points 9 11
Lens
Lens support Nikon F Sony/Minolta Alpha
Total lenses 309 143
Focal length multiplier 1.5 1.5
Screen
Range of display Fixed Type Fully Articulated
Display size 3 inches 3 inches
Display resolution 921 thousand dot 921 thousand dot
Selfie friendly
Liveview
Touch screen
Display tech TFT LCD monitor -
Viewfinder Information
Viewfinder type Optical (pentaprism) Electronic
Viewfinder resolution - 2,359 thousand dot
Viewfinder coverage 100% 100%
Viewfinder magnification 0.64x 0.73x
Features
Lowest shutter speed 30 secs 30 secs
Highest shutter speed 1/8000 secs 1/8000 secs
Continuous shooting speed 6.0fps 12.0fps
Shutter priority
Aperture priority
Expose Manually
Exposure compensation Yes Yes
Custom WB
Image stabilization
Integrated flash
Flash distance 12.00 m (at ISO 100) 12.00 m
Flash modes Auto, On, Off, Red-eye, Slow sync, Rear curtain Auto, On, Off, Red-Eye, Slow Sync, High Speed Sync, Rear Curtain, Fill-in, Wireless
Hot shoe
AEB
White balance bracketing
Highest flash sync 1/250 secs 1/250 secs
Exposure
Multisegment metering
Average metering
Spot metering
Partial metering
AF area metering
Center weighted metering
Video features
Supported video resolutions 1920 x 1080 (24 fps), 1280 x 720 (24, 25, 30 fps), 640 x 424 (24 fps) 1920 x 1080 (60, 24 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30fps), 640 x 424 (29.97 fps)
Max video resolution 1920x1080 1920x1080
Video data format MPEG-4, H.264 MPEG-4, AVCHD, H.264
Microphone jack
Headphone jack
Connectivity
Wireless Eye-Fi Connected Eye-Fi Connected
Bluetooth
NFC
HDMI
USB USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec) USB 2.0 (480 Mbit/sec)
GPS Optional BuiltIn
Physical
Environmental seal
Water proofing
Dust proofing
Shock proofing
Crush proofing
Freeze proofing
Weight 780 grams (1.72 pounds) 732 grams (1.61 pounds)
Dimensions 132 x 105 x 77mm (5.2" x 4.1" x 3.0") 143 x 104 x 81mm (5.6" x 4.1" x 3.2")
DXO scores
DXO All around rating 80 78
DXO Color Depth rating 23.5 24.0
DXO Dynamic range rating 13.9 13.2
DXO Low light rating 1167 801
Other
Battery life 1050 photographs 470 photographs
Form of battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery ID EN-EL15 NP-FM500H
Self timer Yes (2 or 10 seconds) Yes (2 or 10 sec)
Time lapse feature
Storage media SD/SDHC/SDXC SD/SDHC/SDXC/Memory Stick Pro Duo/ Pro-HG Duo
Storage slots 2 1
Cost at launch $1,049 $900