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

Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

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Sony Alpha NEX-3N

43

Sony Alpha NEX-3N

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
True resolution
High true resolution
24.2 MP
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
 

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
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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
        Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
        D3200:13.2 EV
        NEX-3N:12.5 EV
        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

        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
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 - $648 body only

        $748 - $799 with 16-50mm lens

        Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
        Viewfinder coverage Significantly better viewfinder coverage

        Nikon D3200 Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        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 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
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 body only

        $556 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
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 body only

        $549 - $579 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 D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 body only

        $549 - $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

        Sony Alpha NEX-3N Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Sony Alpha A5000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $398 - $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

        $890 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Built-in flash No built-in flash
        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

        $499 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

        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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