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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500
3 years newer

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the DSLR-A230 and DSLR-A100

  • None found

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390
4 years newer

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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)

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the K-50 and DSLR-A100

  • None found

Samsung GX-1L

Samsung GX-1L
3 months older

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

Canon Rebel T1i

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

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

  • None found

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

  • None found

common strengths of the T1i and DSLR-A100

  • None found

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), significantly more lenses available (126 lenses vs 62 lenses), has a significantly 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), has interchangeable lenses, has higher quality type of viewfinder (pentamirror vs none), supports an external flash and has a faster max shutter speed (1/4000 of a second vs 1/1000 of a second).

However, on average it has a much 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)

  • Much 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)

  • Much larger screen: 3" vs 2.5"
  • Has a CMOS-family sensor: CMOS vs CCD
  • 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)

  • Much 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 viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

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)

  • Much larger screen: 2.7" vs 2.5"
  • 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
  • Has a digital viewfinder: Digital vs Pentamirror

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 much 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)

  • Much smaller screen: 1.5" vs 2.5"
  • No image stabilization: None vs
    1. Sensor shift
  • 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)

  • Much 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 viewfinder: None vs Pentamirror

common strengths of the SX150 IS and DSLR-A100

  • None found