Updated (January, 2014): Compare the Nikon D3300 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Great color depth
Color depth
23.8 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.3 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

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
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3200

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
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
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Size
Much smaller
125x96x76 mm vs 137x104x84 mm
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More than 20% smaller
Startup delay
Less startup delay
400 ms vs 800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
81.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 23.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.3 more bits of color
Shutter lag
Slightly less shutter lag
276 ms vs 295 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 599 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580

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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
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 540 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
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
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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 DSLR-A580's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The DSLR-A580's maximum light sensitivity 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
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.52x vs 0.52x
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D3200:81.0
              DSLR-A580:80.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D3200:24.1 bits
              DSLR-A580:23.8 bits
              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
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D3200:1
              DSLR-A580:3
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3200:276 ms
              DSLR-A580:295 ms
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              0.52x
              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
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $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 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
              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 slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $378 body only

              $429 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thinner
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              True resolution Takes slightly lower resolution photos
              Canon Rebel SL1

              Canon Rebel SL1

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $724 body only

              $549 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Size Is significantly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              HDR Has in-camera HDR
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $549 body only

              $998 - $1,300 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay

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