As well as being compared against other entry-level DSLRs, the Sony Alpha DSLR-A100 is also often compared to mirrorless, super zooms and digicams. The Sony Alpha DSLR-A100's top rivals come from Sony (such as the Alpha DSLR-A500 and the Alpha DSLR-A230) and Pentax (such as the K-50 and the K-x)

compared toEntry-level DSLR competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A100 compared to other entry-level DSLR competitors include: it has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none).

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 20fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a much lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 920k dots), takes much lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 14 MP) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500
3 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A500 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 12.2 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A500 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much larger: Professional size (137×104×84 mm) vs Prosumer size (133×95×71 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.3" vs 2.8"

common strengths of the DSLR-A500 and DSLR-A100

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A230 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"
  • Has more storage slots: 2 vs 1

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A230 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A230 and DSLR-A100

  • Thin: 2.7" vs 2.8"

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
4 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSLR-A390 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 14 MP vs 10 MP
  • Has live view
  • Significantly larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the DSLR-A390 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Significantly smaller viewfinder: 0.48x vs 0.54x
  • Significantly larger: Professional size (128×97×86 mm) vs Prosumer size (133×95×71 mm)
  • Much thicker: 3.4" vs 2.8"

common strengths of the DSLR-A390 and DSLR-A100

  • None found

Pentax K-50

Pentax K-50
7 years newer
$1,444 18-55mm lens

Significant advantages of the K-50 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 16.2 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 921k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the K-50 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • None found

common strengths of the K-50 and DSLR-A100

  • Thin: 2.8" vs 2.8"

Samsung GX-1L

Samsung GX-1L
3 months older

Significant advantages of the GX-1L (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Significantly smaller: Prosumer size (125×93×66 mm) vs Prosumer size (133×95×71 mm)
  • Significantly thinner: 2.6" vs 2.8"

Significant disadvantages of the GX-1L (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much lower true resolution: 6 MP vs 10 MP
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the GX-1L and DSLR-A100

  • Thin: 2.6" vs 2.8"

Canon Rebel T1i

Canon EOS Rebel T1i
2 years newer
$340 (body only)

Significant advantages of the T1i (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much higher true resolution: 15.1 MP vs 10 MP
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots
  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the T1i (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift

common strengths of the T1i and DSLR-A100

  • Thin: 2.4" vs 2.8"

compared toMirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A100 compared to mirrorless interchangeable-lens competitors include: it has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), slightly more lenses available (126 lenses vs 62 lenses), has a much longer battery life (750 shots vs 320 shots) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it doesn't record movies (none vs 1080p @ 30fps), has a much smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has a slightly lower resolution screen (230k dots vs 460k dots), takes slightly lower resolution photos (10 MP vs 15.9 MP) and doesn't have a touch screen.

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF2
4 years newer
$106 (body only)
$280 14mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-GF2 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has a touch screen
  • Has live view

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-GF2 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 300 shots vs 750 shots

common strengths of the DMC-GF2 and DSLR-A100

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha ILC-3000

Sony Alpha ILC-3000
7 years newer

Significant advantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much better viewfinder coverage: 100% vs 95%

Significant disadvantages of the ILC-3000 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror
  • Significantly shorter battery life: 480 shots vs 750 shots

common strengths of the ILC-3000 and DSLR-A100

  • Each has a built-in flash

Olympus PEN E-PL1

Olympus PEN E-PL1
3 years newer
$280 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the E-PL1 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD

Significant disadvantages of the E-PL1 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much shorter battery life: 290 shots vs 750 shots

common strengths of the E-PL1 and DSLR-A100

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Sony Alpha NEX-3N
6 years newer
$573 16-50mm lens

Significant advantages of the NEX-3N (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has live view
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the NEX-3N (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • No viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror
  • Much fewer lenses available: 62 lenses vs 126 lenses

common strengths of the NEX-3N and DSLR-A100

  • Each has a built-in flash

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5
6 years newer
$864 14-42mm lens

Significant advantages of the DMC-G5 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much higher resolution screen: 920k dots vs 230k dots

Significant disadvantages of the DMC-G5 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much shorter battery life: 320 shots vs 750 shots
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the DMC-G5 and DSLR-A100

  • Many lenses available: 108 lenses vs 126 lenses
  • Each has a built-in flash

compared toSuper zoom competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A100 compared to super zoom competitors include: it has a much longer battery life (750 shots vs 50 shots), is thinner (2.8" vs 4.3"), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none) and supports an external flash.

However, on average it has a significantly smaller screen (2.5" vs 3"), has worse image stabilization (sensor shift vs lens), doesn't have a screen which flips out, has a CCD-family sensor (CCD vs CMOS) and is older (june 2006 vs september 2010).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H5
3 months older

Significant advantages of the DSC-H5 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-H5 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much shorter battery life: 50 shots vs 750 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-H5 and DSLR-A100

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (108×81×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (133×95×71 mm)
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 2.8"
  • Light weight: 490 g vs 638 g

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
2 years newer

Significant advantages of the DSC-HX1 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has a flip-out screen

Significant disadvantages of the DSC-HX1 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much shorter battery life: 390 shots vs 750 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the DSC-HX1 and DSLR-A100

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (115×83×92 mm) vs Prosumer size (133×95×71 mm)
  • Great battery life: 390 shots vs 750 shots
  • Thin: 3.6" vs 2.8"

Nikon Coolpix L310

Nikon Coolpix L310
5 years newer
$270

Significant advantages of the L310 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"

Significant disadvantages of the L310 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much shorter battery life: 420 shots vs 750 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the L310 and DSLR-A100

  • Fairly small: Prosumer size (110×77×78 mm) vs Prosumer size (133×95×71 mm)
  • Very long battery life: 420 shots vs 750 shots
  • Thin: 3.1" vs 2.8"

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS

Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
4 years newer
$582

Significant advantages of the SX30 IS (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Has a flip-out screen
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    vs
    1. Sensor shift

Significant disadvantages of the SX30 IS (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the SX30 IS and DSLR-A100

  • Fairly small: Professional size (123×92×108 mm) vs Prosumer size (133×95×71 mm)
  • Thin: 4.3" vs 2.8"
  • Light weight: 601 g vs 638 g

compared toDigicam competitors

Generally, some of the advantages of the Sony DSLR-A100 compared to digicam competitors include: it has a slightly larger screen (2.5" vs 1.5"), has better image stabilization (sensor shift vs none), takes slightly higher resolution photos (10 MP vs 1.2 MP), has a much longer battery life (750 shots vs 110 shots) and has interchangeable lenses.

However, on average it is slightly larger (prosumer size (133×95×71 mm) vs mid size (110×71×38 mm)), is thicker (2.8" vs 1.5"), is slightly heavier (638 g vs 306 g) and doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen.

Canon PowerShot A10

Canon PowerShot A10
5 years older

Significant advantages of the PowerShot A10 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • None found

Significant disadvantages of the PowerShot A10 (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 2.5"
  • Built-in lens only

common strengths of the PowerShot A10 and DSLR-A100

  • Viewfinders: Tunnel vs Pentamirror

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS
5 years newer
$255

Significant advantages of the SX150 IS (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Significantly larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Better image stabilization:
    1. Lens
    2. Sensor shift
    vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • Lighter: 306 g vs 638 g

Significant disadvantages of the SX150 IS (vs the DSLR-A100)

  • Much shorter battery life: 110 shots vs 750 shots
  • Built-in lens only
  • No external flash support

common strengths of the SX150 IS and DSLR-A100

  • None found