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

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

86

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Sony Alpha NEX-3N

41

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Runner-up
     
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

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

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3N

Size
Really small
Compact 110x62x35 mm
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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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
Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 2200 ms
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5.5x less delay when turning on
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
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 24.2 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Overall image quality Better image quality 81.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
Lowest price Slightly cheaper $319.00 vs $419.89
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The best price we've seen is $101 cheaper (more than 20% less)
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Advantages of the Sony NEX-3N

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Size Significantly smaller 110x62x35 mm vs 125x96x76 mm
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3.8x smaller
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
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 Common Weaknesses
              Supports 24p Both support 24p, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              For that film look
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              D3200:APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
              NEX-3N:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              True resolution Capture very high resolution images Help
              D3200:24.2 MP
              NEX-3N:16.1 MP
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D3200:540 shots
              NEX-3N:480 shots
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
              Risk of blur

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Image stabilization Has image stabilization
              Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              True resolution Significantly lower true resolution
              Size Slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $646 - $647 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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 - $489 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $448 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Built-in flash No built-in flash
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $305 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Size Slightly larger
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Sony NEX-5T

              Sony NEX-5T

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $630 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
              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Sony Alpha NEX-3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

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