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

Sony SLT-A37 vs Nikon D5100

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A37

Large viewfinder
Viewfinder size
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
In-camera panoramas
Panorama
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures

galleries

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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 799 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.6"
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Around 20% larger screen
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 75.0
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Around 10% better image quality
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 900 ms
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More than 40% less delay when turning on
Battery life
Longer battery life
660 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
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
Significantly cheaper
$368.00 vs $631.63
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The best price we've seen is $264 cheaper (more than 40% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A37

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Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.71x vs 0.51x
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More than 90% larger viewfinder
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
Shutter lag
Much less shutter lag
109 ms vs 273 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
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
Viewfinder coverage
Significantly better viewfinder coverage
100% vs 95%
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Around 10% better viewfinder coverage
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
16,000 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT-A37's maximum light sensitivity is 2.6 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
Lighter
506 g vs 560 g
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Around 10% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              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-A373.3"
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D510016.1 MP
              SLT-A3716 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D51001
              SLT-A373
              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
              D51006,400 ISO
              SLT-A3716,000 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

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thinner
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $413 - $497 body only

              $489 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              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
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              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 slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

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

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              HDR Lacks a built-in HDR feature
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $485 - $649 body only

              $589 - $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 slightly heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $679 body only

              $976 with 55-300mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Shutter lag Less shutter lag
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO

              Sony SLT-A37 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $587 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Larger
              Weight Heavier
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Supports 24p No 24p support
              Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag

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              discussion

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              Showing 6 comments

              Avatar for donald donald (8:47 AM, July 21, 2013)
              video capture-a37 is the best...
               
              aditya das (4:27 PM, March 29, 2013)
              of course the 5100
               
              ashish kene (7:59 AM, March 18, 2013)
              which is the best in both cameras
               
              Rajeev (11:28 AM, December 19, 2012)
              which one is better NIkon D5100 or Sony SLTA37 ?
               
              Rajeev (11:23 AM, December 19, 2012)
              HI sebastian,i just want to know which one is better?NIkon D5100 or Sony SLTA37.Can you suggest me a camera..
               
              Avatar for Franco Sebastian Franco Sebastian (3:28 PM, September 19, 2012)
              Sony a37 is the best am using @37 and D5100