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

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,121 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.8 bits
 

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
 
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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 24.2 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
Lowest price Significantly cheaper $329.00 vs $749.00
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The best price we've seen is $420 cheaper (2.3x less)
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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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
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 540 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
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
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
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
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.52x vs 0.50x
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Around 10% larger viewfinder
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
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3200:276 ms
              DSLR-A580:295 ms
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D3200:1
              DSLR-A580:3
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D3200:0.50x
              DSLR-A580:0.52x
              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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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $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
              Startup delay Has much more startup delay
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 body only

              $697 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 EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $700 body only

              $499 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Autofocus Focuses automatically while shootting video
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS 60D

              Canon EOS 60D

              Pro DSLR

              $699 - $700 body only

              $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

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              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $278 body only

              $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Size Smaller
              Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 - $1,148 with 18-55mm lens

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

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              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,398 - $1,700 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
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $699 body only

              $799 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              GPS Has a GPS
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

              Entry-level DSLR

              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Movie format Does not take movies
              Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

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