Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Sony SLT-A37

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Sony SLT A35

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Sony SLT A35

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
13 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A35

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 763 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Overall image quality Better image quality 80.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
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
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 660 shots vs 420 shots
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Around 60% more shots per battery charge
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 900 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 12.7 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness Significantly thinner 3.1" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 23.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Sensor size Slightly larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
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Almost the same
Lowest price Cheaper $378.00 vs $588.77
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The best price we've seen is $211 cheaper (around 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A35

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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
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5.5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 40% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 223 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT A35'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
Weight Lighter 415 g vs 560 g
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Around 30% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              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
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D5100:3.1"
              SLT A35:3.3"
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D5100:16.1 MP
              SLT A35:16 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D5100:1
              SLT A35:3
              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 D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $389 - $506 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 body only

              $549 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $285 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $850 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $200 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Weight Lighter
              Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Much worse image quality
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive

              Sony SLT A35 Competitors

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              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,073 body only

              $1,060 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              GPS Has a GPS
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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