Updated (April 2012): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Sony SLT-A37

Nikon D5100 vs Sony SLT A35

Winner
Nikon D5100

69

Sony SLT A35

61

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
In-camera HDR
HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A35

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. 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

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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
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
230 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 80% 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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 12.7 EV
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Almost the same
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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Almost the same
Lowest price
Cheaper
$368.00 vs $499.95
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The best price we've seen is $132 cheaper (around 30% 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
  1. 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 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
Weight
Significantly lighter
415 g vs 560 g
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Around 30% lighter
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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
              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
              D51003.1"
              SLT A353.3"
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D510016.1 MP
              SLT A3516 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D51001
              SLT A353
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D51006,400 ISO
              SLT A3512,800 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              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

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thinner
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              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
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $647 body only

              $549 - $747 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
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $490 - $649 body only

              $581 - $699 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $263 body only

              $358 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $405 - $497 body only

              $479 - $500 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 D5500

              Nikon D5500

              Entry-level DSLR

              $561 - $747 body only

              $689 - $847 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Lowest price More expensive

              Sony SLT A35 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $550 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

              $900 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Nikon Coolpix L840

              Super zoom

              $220 - $227

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Viewfinder No viewfinder
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II

              Super zoom

              $1,279 - $1,298

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus

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