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
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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        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

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        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
        Startup delay Has much more startup delay
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $647 body only

        $544 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $485 - $625 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $715 body only

        $499 - $838 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon Rebel T5i

        Canon Rebel T5i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

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

        Touch screen Has a touch screen
        Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        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

        Nikon D3200 Competitors

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        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $390 - $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

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

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        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $798 body only

        $1,098 with 18-135mm 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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