Updated (February 2013): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Sony SLT A58

Nikon D3200 vs Sony SLT A57

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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 A57

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
12 fps

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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 785 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
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Almost the same
Size
Smaller
125×96×77 mm vs 132×98×81 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Significantly cheaper
$289.00 vs $558.96
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The best price we've seen is $270 cheaper (around 50% less)
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3" vs 3.2"
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Around 10% thinner
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 618 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A57

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Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
12 fps vs 4 fps
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3x faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.72x vs 0.52x
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More than 90% larger viewfinder
Movie format
Higher frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D3200 does so at a lower frame rate
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
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
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 A57'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 A57's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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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 A573
              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 A5716,000 ISO

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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
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              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
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 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
              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
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              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 A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $593 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              GPS Has a GPS
              Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower
              Low light performance Slightly more noise at high ISO
              Sony SLT A77 II

              Sony SLT A77 II

              Pro DSLR

              $885 - $998 body only

              $1,598 with 16-50mm lens

              Focus points Many more focus points
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Size Significantly larger
              Lowest price Much more expensive

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