• APS-C 369.7mm2
  • 14.2 megapixels
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  • APS-C 368.2mm2
  • 16.2 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 6400

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Differences

Sony NEX-5 advantages over Nikon D7000

  • Less expensive
    $700 vs $1500 (MSRP)
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • Tiltable Screen
    Tiltable vs Fixed
    Tilt the screen for shooting flexbility
  • Thinner
    40 mm vs 77 mm
    Thinner
  • Lighter weight
    502g vs 1234g
    Lighter weight
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    38 vs 19 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)

Nikon D7000 advantages over Sony NEX-5

  • Lens selection
    Excellent vs Good
    Better lens selection gives you more options
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Eye-level vs Rear display only
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • Fast startup
    ~0.40 vs 1.0 sec
    Faster startup lets you catch the moment
  • Higher effective ISO
    1,167 vs 796 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    13.9 vs 12.2 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • Longer stills battery life
    More info 1050 vs 330 shots
    Capture more photos
  • More telephoto lens reach
    158 mm vs 83 mm
    Capture objects farther away with the kit lens
  • Internal flash
    Internal flash vs None
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • External Mic Jack
    Jack vs No jack
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • Higher max flash sync
    1/250 vs 1/160 sec
    Reduce the effect of ambient light in flash shots
  • Shoots 24p video
    Yes vs No
    Gives your movies a big-screen feel
  • Shoots 1080p video
    Yes vs No
    You'll want this if you shoot video
  • Less shutter lag
    0.24 vs 0.44 sec
    Focus and take a photo quickly (wide angle)
  • Dual card slots
    Yes vs No
    Gives you more storage flexibility
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    5.9 fps vs 2.7 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/8000 vs 1/4000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light
  • Higher extended ISO
    25600 vs 12800 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Focus peaking
    Neither provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Neither provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Touchscreen
    Neither provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Neither provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Neither provide
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Neither provide
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Headphone jack
    Neither provide
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Slow-motion videos
    Neither provide
    Shoot slow-motion videos

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Review Excerpt

  • Very good image quality; Better than average noise vs. detail handling at high ISOs; Very good dynamic range in JPEGs, excellent in RAW files; Lots of high-end features in a relatively compact body; 6 fps burst mode.

  • Viewfinder not as accurate as specified; Viewfinder doesn't show ISO unless adjusting; No live histogram in Live View mode; No phase-detect Live View AF mode.

The Competition

Compared to Sony NEX-3

Sony NEX-5
Sony NEX-3
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
Nikon D7000
Sony NEX-3
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $600
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Samsung NX100

Sony NEX-5
Samsung NX100
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Longer stills battery life
Nikon D7000
Samsung NX100
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $799
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Thinner

Compared to Sony NEX-C3

Sony NEX-5
Sony NEX-C3
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • Higher effective ISO
Nikon D7000
Sony NEX-C3
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
  • $559
  • APS-C
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas

Compared to Pentax K-30

Sony NEX-5
Pentax K-30
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Focus peaking
Nikon D7000
Pentax K-30
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $562
  • APS-C
  • Focus peaking
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization

Compared to Pentax K-5 II

Sony NEX-5
Pentax K-5 II
  • $700
  • APS-C
  • In-camera panoramas
  • Tiltable Screen
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • Lens selection
  • Eye-level viewfinder
Nikon D7000
Pentax K-5 II
  • $699
  • APS-C
  • Fast startup
  • Longer stills battery life
  • $750
  • APS-C
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • More telephoto lens reach
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