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

Nikon D5100 vs Sony SLT A35

Winner
Nikon D5100

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Sony SLT A35

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Low noise at high ISO
Low light performance
1,183 ISO
Great image quality
Overall image quality
80.0
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A35

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
5.5 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions

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
Viewfinder
Has an optical viewfinder
Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Overall image quality
Better image quality
80.0 vs 74.0
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Around 10% better image quality
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
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
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3.1" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 12.7 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 23.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Lowest price
Cheaper
$334.09 vs $579.00
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The best price we've seen is $245 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A35

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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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5100:6,400 ISO
              SLT A35:12,800 ISO
              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

              $302 - $557 body only

              $379 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $536 body only

              $579 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $234 body only

              $374 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $652 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier
              Nikon D7100

              Nikon D7100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $997 body only

              $1,170 - $1,297 with 18-140mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              Screen size Has a significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is much heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $697 body only

              $499 - $647 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life

              Sony SLT A35 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $500 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-A33

              Sony SLT-A33

              Entry-level DSLR

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $900 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              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 Lower frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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