Updated (April 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Sony SLT-A37

Sony SLT-A37 vs Nikon D3200

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A37

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13.2 EV
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP

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Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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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" vs 2.6"
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Around 20% larger screen
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
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 80% 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
Much 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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Almost the same
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$289.00 vs $549.95
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The best price we've seen is $261 cheaper (around 50% less)
Size
Smaller
125×96×77 mm vs 124×92×85 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
109 ms vs 276 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
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 2.6 f-stops better
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT-A37's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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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
              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
              D32001
              SLT-A373
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D32006,400 ISO
              SLT-A3716,000 ISO
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $495 - $649 body only

              $581 - $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 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
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $399 - $509 body only

              $499 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Color depth Worse color depth

              Sony SLT-A37 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $552 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Size Significantly larger

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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.