Nikon D7000 vs Sony a5000

This is a full comparison between the cameras Nikon D7000 and Sony a5000. We compare them by looking at the categories you see below.

Manufacturing

Nikon D7000 is manufacturered by Nikon but Sony a5000 is from Sony. Both Nikon and Sony are well known brands though.

Nikon D7000 were released 2010 and Sony a5000 was released 2014. That is a 4 years difference. In tech, this period can be of interest since technology is always improving, etc.

Camera Released
Nikon D7000 2010
Sony a5000 2014

Type of camera

Nikon D7000 is a DSLR camera while Sony a5000 is a Mirrorless camera. More information about their differences will come soon.

Sensors / crop factor

These cameras have different sensors. Nikon D7000 has a "Nikon DX"-sensor while Sony a5000 has a "Sony APS-C"-sensor, and their difference in sensors will also affect the crop factor and experience focal length. See the table below.

Camera Focal length, 50mm f/1.8 **
Nikon D7000 75 mm
Nikon DX sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5
Sony a5000 75 mm
Sony APS-C sensor
Crop factor/focal length multiplier by * 1.5

** Experienced focal length when using a lens such as a common "50mm f/1.8"

Learn more about crop factor and focal length multiplier here:
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Nikon)
Camera selection can affect the focal length (Sony)

Resolution

Nikon D7000 has a 16,2 MP (Megapixels) resolution while Sony a5000 has 20 MP. If we break down this in more detail this is the data behind the numbers:

Camera Megapixels
Nikon D7000 16,2 MP
16084992 pixels
4928 x 3264
Sony a5000 20 MP
19816192 pixels
5456 x 3632

Sony a5000 has a 23 % larger resolution than Nikon D7000. This could give you more details in the picture but also a possibility to crop more in the pictures, afterward while editing the pictures, if needed that is.

ISO range

Nikon D7000 has a larger ISO-range than Sony a5000. Nikon D7000 has an ISO range that stretches from 100 to 25600 while Sony a5000 has 100 to 16000.

Camera ISO Range
Nikon D7000 100-25600
Sony a5000 100-16000

Autofocus and lens compatibility

Both of these cameras have a built-in autofocus motor. Some lenses, that support autofocus, do not have an autofocus motor of their own but this won't cause any problems with these two cameras.

Here is a complete overview of which lenses work with each camera:
Lens compatibility chart for Nikon D7000
Lens compatibility chart for Sony a5000

Pictures per second

Depending on what you are shooting the FPS, or frames/pictures per second, can definitely be of interest. Nikon D7000 can shoot up to 6 pictures per seconds and Sony a5000 can shoot up to 3,5 pictures per seconds.

Camera FPS (Frames per second)
Nikon D7000 6
Sony a5000 3,5

Ability to record movies

It is becoming more and more popular to record movies with digital cameras.

In this case, both Nikon D7000 and Sony a5000 can shoot movies.

Weight

The weight of the camera can be an extremely important factor, especially if the camera is about to be used, or carried around, for several hours at a time.

Nikon D7000 weighs 780 gr (equal to 1.72 lb) which is 190% heavier than Sony a5000 and its 269 gr (or 0.59 lb).

Camera Weight
Nikon D7000 780 gr
1.72 lb
Sony a5000 269 gr
0.59 lb

Nikon D7000 vs Sony a5000 Specs

Below you will find the complete and detailed technical specs for both Nikon D7000 and Sony a5000, next to each other. Each category of data is a link to an article covering the subject, giving you a deeper understanding so you can better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the two camera models.

Product
Nikon D7000
Sony a5000
Name Nikon D7000 Sony a5000
Manufacturer Nikon Sony
Release Date and Price
Nikon D7000
Sony a5000
Release Year 2010 2014
Release Date 2010-09-15 2014-01-07
MSRP 1200 USD 599 USD
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Camera Type
Nikon D7000
Sony a5000
Camera Type DSLR Mirrorless
Sensor
Nikon D7000
Sony a5000
Sensor Size APS-C (approx 23.7 x 15.5 mm)
Also known as "DX"
APS-C (approx 23.5 x 15.6 mm)
Sensor Type CMOS CMOS
Resolution 4928 x 3264 pixels 5456 x 3632 pixels
Megapixels 16,2 MP 20 MP
Image Processor EXPEED 2 Bionz X
Image
Nikon D7000
Sony a5000
ISO Range 100 - 25600 100 - 16000
White Balance Presets 12 9
Custom White Balance Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No
Image Stabilization CIPA Rating 0 stops 0 stops
Uncompressed format RAW RAW
Optics & Focus
Nikon D7000
Sony a5000
Autofocus Motor Yes Yes
Autofocus Contract Detect (sensor)
Phase Detect
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Contract Detect (sensor)
Multi Area
Center
Selective Single Point
Tracking
Single
Continuous
Face Detection
LiveView
Focus Points 39 25
Lens Mount Nikon F

See Compatible Lenses
Sony E

See Compatible Lenses
Focal Length Multiplier DX / APS-C (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
APS-C Sensor (1.5x)
1.5x multiplier
Example:
24 mm becomes 36 mm
50 mm becomes 75 mm
100 mm becomes 150 mm
200 mm becomes 300 mm
Screen & Viewfinder
Nikon D7000
Sony a5000
Articulated LCD Fixed Tilting
Screen size 3 3
Screen dots 921000 460
Touch screen No No
Screen type TFT LCD monitor TFT LCD with 180 upward tilt
Live view Yes Yes
Viewfinder Type Optical (pentaprism) No Viewfinder
Viewfinder Coverage 100%
Viewfinder Magnification 0.95 (0.63 35mm equiv.)
Viewfinder Resolution N/A N/A
Photography features
Nikon D7000
Sony a5000
Frames per second 6 fps 3,5 fps
Minimum Shutter Speed 30 seconds 30 seconds
Maximum Shutter Speed 1/8000 seconds 1/4000 seconds
Built-in Flash Yes Yes
Built-in Flash Range 12 meters 4 meters
External Flash Yes No
Self-Timer Yes Yes
Time-lapse Yes Yes
Metering modes Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Average
Multi
Center Weighted
Spot
Exposure Compensation +/- 5 (at 1/3 EV, 1/2 EV steps) +/- 3 (at 1/3 EV steps)
Videography features
Nikon D7000
Sony a5000
Video recording Yes Yes
Video format MPEG4
H.264
MPEG4
AVCHD
Video resolution 1280 x 720
1920 x 1080
1440 x 1080
1920 x 1080
Built-in Microphone Yes Yes
Built-in Speakers Yes No
Storage
Nikon D7000
Sony a5000
Memory Card SD/SDHC
Memory Stick Pro Duo
SD/SDHC
Connectivity
Nikon D7000
Sony a5000
HDMI Output Yes Yes
Microphone Port Yes No
Headphone Port No No
Wireless Yes
Eye-Fi Connected
Yes
Built-in (802.11 b/g/n with NFC)
Remote Control Yes (Optional, wired or wireless) Yes (via smartphone)
GPS Yes
Optional
No
Body & Dimensions
Nikon D7000
Sony a5000
Enviromentally sealed Yes No
Battery Battery Pack Battery Pack
Battery Details Lithium-Ion EN-EL15 rechargeable battery & charger
NP-FW50 lithium-ion battery and USB charger
Battery Life (CIPA) 1050 shots 420 shots
Width 132 mm 110 mm
Height 105 mm 63 mm
Depth 77 mm 36 mm
Weight 780 gram 269 gram