Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Sony SLT-A37

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

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Sony SLT A35

61

Sony SLT A35

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,131 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
81.0
Great color depth
Color depth
24.1 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.2 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A35

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.7 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
5.5 fps
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 763 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution
Much higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 16 MP
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Capture more than 50% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 900 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 23.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Battery life
Longer battery life
540 shots vs 420 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.7 EV
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0.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3" vs 3.3"
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10% thinner
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$319.00 vs $679.00
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The best price we've seen is $360 cheaper (2.1x less)
Size
Smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 124x92x85 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A35

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3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
5.5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
223 ms vs 276 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A35's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A35's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Cross type focus points
More cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points
More focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
415 g vs 505 g
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Around 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Weight Light weight Help
              D3200:505 g
              SLT A35:415 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D3200:1
              SLT A35:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $378 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster continuously
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Lowest price More expensive
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

              Sony SLT A35 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $464 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A33

              Sony SLT-A33

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,027 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $530 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

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