Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Sony SLT A58

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

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Sony SLT A57

70

Sony SLT A57

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 A57

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.4 bits
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.72x
 

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
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
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 23.4 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Size
Significantly smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 132x98x81 mm
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More than 10% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$309.00 vs $607.92
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The best price we've seen is $299 cheaper (around 50% less)
Thickness
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
Lower 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
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
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 1.3 f-stops better
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.2x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A57's boost ISO 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
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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
              D3200:1
              SLT A57:3
              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
              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              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
              Focus points Has significantly more focus points
              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
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 - $455 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 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
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Slightly lighter
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Thickness Thinner
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Sony SLT A57 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A65

              Sony SLT A65

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 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

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $998 - $1,050 with 16-50mm lens

              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              Size Significantly larger
              Lowest price Much more expensive
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              GPS Has a GPS
              Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $464 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Smaller
              Lowest price Cheaper
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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