Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Nikon D3200 vs Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Winner
Nikon D3200

95

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
High true resolution
True resolution
24.1 MP
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Size
Really small
Compact 110x62x35 mm
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama

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Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3200. Explore our gallery of 19 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-3N.

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Lens availability
Much more lenses available
205 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 10x more lenses available
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 2200 ms
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5.5x less delay when turning on
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Pentamirror vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.5 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
540 shots vs 480 shots
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More than 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3N

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Size
Significantly smaller
110x62x35 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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3.8x smaller
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
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Thickness
Significantly thinner
1.4" vs 3"
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2.2x thinner
Weight
Lighter
269 g vs 505 g
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Around 50% lighter
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The NEX-3N's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Supports 24p 24p support Help
              For that film look
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Common Weaknesses
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $627 body only

              $480 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $240 body only

              $408 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $291 body only

              $330 - $398 with 16-50mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Viewfinder coverage Much better viewfinder coverage
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $547 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Size Slightly larger
              Shutter lag Slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $629 body only

              $549 - $629 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $591 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $649 - $650 body only

              $649 - $650 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $689 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $180 body only

              $300 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $192 body only

              $320 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $212 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $349 body only

              $640 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Built-in flash No built-in flash

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