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

Nikon D3200

Winner
Nikon D3200

74

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Sony SLT A58

61

Sony SLT A58

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

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

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A58

Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.5 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.65x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,131 ISO vs 753 ISO
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The D3200 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 1900 ms
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4.8x less delay when turning on
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Overall image quality
Better image quality
81.0 vs 74.0
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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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
24.1 MP vs 20.1 MP
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Capture around 20% more detail in your photos
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 23.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13.2 EV vs 12.5 EV
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0.7 f-stops more dynamic range
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
276 ms vs 326 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Size
Smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 129x95x78 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$309.99 vs $398.00
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The best price we've seen is $88 cheaper (more than 20% less)
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A58

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Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.65x vs 0.52x
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More than 60% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
8 fps vs 4 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
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
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Battery life
Longer battery life
690 shots vs 540 shots
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Around 30% more shots per battery charge
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A58'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 A58'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
Weight
Slightly lighter
492 g vs 505 g
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Almost the same
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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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D3200:$309.99
              SLT A58:$398.00
              Weight Light weight Help
              D3200:505 g
              SLT A58:492 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 A58:3
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3200:276 ms
              SLT A58:326 ms
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible

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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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $440 - $450 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 - $697 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 slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $469 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $750 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 - $387 body only

              $410 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              True resolution Takes significantly lower resolution photos

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Sony SLT A58 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $605 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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              Avatar for Shravan Shastry Shravan Shastry (5:54 PM, May 06, 2014)
              yes ma hhj sony is much more better than nikon d3200
               
              akm (2:19 PM, April 12, 2014)
              this website is stupid i just go for specs not for the results he calculate things like popularity and stupid things
               
              hhj (10:39 AM, June 24, 2013)
              how Nikon became the winner, in only one factor it overcomes Sony a 58 that it has a 24MP. and also ISO, all other factors are not important. but Sony has much more features than Nikon.