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

Nikon D3200

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Nikon D3200

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Sony SLT-A37

66

Sony SLT-A37

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A37

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 
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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
Overall image quality Better image quality 81.0 vs 75.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution Much higher true resolution 24.2 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
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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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Size Smaller 125x96x76 mm vs 124x92x85 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
Lowest price Cheaper $319.00 vs $429.99
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The best price we've seen is $111 cheaper (around 30% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A37

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Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder 0.71x vs 0.50x
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Around 2x larger viewfinder
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 109 ms vs 276 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
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
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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D3200:$319.00
              SLT-A37:$429.99
              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
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 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
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $564 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 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
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $273 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $846 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Larger
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,073 body only

              $1,060 with 18-55mm lens

              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.