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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 vs Nikon D3200

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.3 EV
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3200

Overall image quality
Great image quality
81.0
Color depth
Great color depth
24.1 bits
True resolution
High true resolution
24.1 MP
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

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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
230 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Size
Much smaller
125×96×77 mm vs 137×104×84 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
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$289.00 vs $1,120.59
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The best price we've seen is $832 cheaper (3.9x less)
Thickness
Much thinner
3" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
81.0 vs 80.0
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Almost the same
Color depth
Better color depth
24.1 bits vs 23.8 bits
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Almost the same
Shutter lag
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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Battery life
Much longer battery life
1050 shots vs 540 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
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
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 2 f-stops better
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Light sensitivity (boost)
Better boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The DSLR-A580's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Viewfinder size
Slightly larger viewfinder
0.52x vs 0.52x
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Almost the same
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Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Overall image quality Good image quality Help
              D320081.0
              DSLR-A58080.0
              Color depth Good color depth Help
              D320024.1 bits
              DSLR-A58023.8 bits
              Dynamic range Good dynamic range Help
              D320013.2 EV
              DSLR-A58013.3 EV
              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%
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D3200276 ms
              DSLR-A580295 ms
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D32001
              DSLR-A5803
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D32006,400 ISO
              DSLR-A58012,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              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

              $430 - $497 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Is slightly larger
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $407 - $497 body only

              $489 - $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

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $582 - $699 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $647 body only

              $578 - $747 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive

              Nikon D3200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Battery life Much shorter battery life
              Sony SLT-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,099 body only

              $1,499 with 18-135mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay

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