Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Sony SLT-A77

Sony SLT A77

Winner
Sony SLT-A77

77

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Nikon D3200

70

Nikon D3200

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A77

Overall image quality
Great image quality
78.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 3100 ms
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7.7x less delay when turning on
Lens availability Much more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,131 ISO vs 801 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality Better image quality 81.0 vs 78.0
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Almost the same
Size Smaller 125x96x76 mm vs 143x104x81 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Weight Lighter 505 g vs 732 g
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More than 30% lighter
Thickness Thinner 3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $496.95 vs $798.00
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The best price we've seen is $301 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A77

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Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.72x vs 0.50x
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More than 2x larger viewfinder
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster 12 fps vs 4 fps
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3x faster continuous shooting
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Weather sealed Weather sealed Yes vs No
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Sealed to shoot in the rain
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 124 ms vs 276 ms
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2.2x less delay when taking photos
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage 100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 11 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor Yes vs No
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Autofocuses with all autofocus lenses
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A77's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Focus points More focus points 19 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A77's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
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              similarities

              Compared to recent DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D3200:24.2 MP
              SLT A77:24 MP
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Storage slots Fewer storage slots Help
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              Sensor size Very small sensors Help
              D3200:APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
              SLT A77:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Battery life Few shots per battery charge Help
              D3200:540 shots
              SLT A77:530 shots

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $650 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Focus points Has slightly more focus points
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $749 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $721 - $840 body only

              $930 - $990 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $871 body only

              $999 - $1,150 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,147 body only

              $1,447 - $1,470 with 18-140mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $720 - $747 body only

              $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $437 - $520 body only

              $528 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Thickness Thinner
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $549 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $385 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lens focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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              Canon EOS 7D

              Canon EOS 7D

              Pro DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              $1,599 - $1,799 with 18-135mm lens

              Startup delay Much less startup delay
              Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Sony SLT-A99

              Sony SLT-A99

              Pro DSLR

              $2,298 - $2,798 body only

              $3,696 with 24mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Continuous shooting Shoots much slower

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