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Advantages of the Nikon D3300

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Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,385 ISO vs 753 ISO
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The D3300 has a slight edge (0.9 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Overall image quality
Much better image quality
82.0 vs 74.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Color depth
Better color depth
24.3 bits vs 23.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 460k dots
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More than 2x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Movie format
Lower frame rate movies
1080p @ 60fps vs 1080p @ 30fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D3300 does so at a higher frame rate
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
24.2 MP vs 20.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% 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
Smaller
124×98×76 mm vs 129×95×78 mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$399.00 vs $639.69
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The best price we've seen is $241 cheaper (around 40% less)
Thickness
Thinner
3" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
430 g vs 492 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A58

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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
Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.65x vs 0.55x
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Around 40% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
8 fps vs 5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Focus points
Slightly 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
              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
              Weight Light weight Help
              D3300430 g
              SLT A58492 g
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Built-in focus motor No focus motor Help
              Won't autofocus with all lenses
              Startup delay Significant startup delay Help
              D3300400 ms
              SLT A581900 ms
              GPS No built-in GPS Help
              Missing geo-tagging
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D330013.2 EV
              SLT A5812.5 EV
              Viewfinder Help
              D3300Pentamirror
              SLT A58Digital
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D330011
              SLT A5815
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D3300921k dots
              SLT A58460k dots
              Screen size Very small screens Help
              D33003"
              SLT A582.7"

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