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

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

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Sony SLT-A37

71

Sony SLT-A37

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-A37

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 799 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3.0" vs 2.6"
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Around 20% larger screen
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
Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 75.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3" vs 3.3"
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10% thinner
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.9 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Size
Smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 124x92x85 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price
Cheaper
$309.00 vs $464.09
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The best price we've seen is $155 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
540 shots vs 500 shots
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Around 10% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A37

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Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.52x
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Around 90% larger viewfinder
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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
109 ms vs 276 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
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
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT-A37's maximum light sensitivity is 1.3 f-stops better
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT-A37'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
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
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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-A37:506 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-A37:3
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              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 significantly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $385 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D3200.

              Sony SLT-A37 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Lowest price More expensive
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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              lightspeed (4:02 PM, August 01, 2013)
              What is the reason of Nikon D3200 here? anyone can explain i'm confused too. And I heard some image sensor of Nikon made from Sony.
               
              Avatar for AppleEnforcer AppleEnforcer (5:55 PM, March 28, 2013)
              Thanks
               
              riju san (2:04 PM, March 28, 2013)
              go for sony.
               
              mim (4:47 PM, March 26, 2013)
              I am also stuck with which one is better they both have good and bad points so they even each other out making it hard to choose. I am mainly going to be using the camera for taking photos not so much video's, so I think i'm edging more towards the Nikon D3200.
               
              Avatar for AppleEnforcer AppleEnforcer (5:00 PM, July 11, 2012)
              I was just wondering which of these two cameras is a better buy for a beginner?
              The Sony A37 seems to be packed with better features for the money. But, I am confused here.