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

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

71

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Sony SLT-A37

66

Sony SLT-A37

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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-A37

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.9 EV
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.71x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 
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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 3.0" vs 2.6"
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Around 20% larger screen
Overall image quality Better image quality 80.0 vs 75.0
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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
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% 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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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 Slightly cheaper $378.00 vs $429.99
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The best price we've seen is $52 cheaper (more than 10% 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
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
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 109 ms vs 273 ms
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2.5x less delay when taking photos
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 significantly 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 1.3 f-stops 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 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 Common Weaknesses
              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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D5100:$378.00
              SLT-A37:$429.99
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D5100:3.1"
              SLT-A37:3.3"
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D5100:16.1 MP
              SLT-A37:16 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D5100:1
              SLT-A37:3
              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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              Shared Competitors

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              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
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              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 slightly 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
              Shutter lag Has much more shutter lag
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 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
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $747 body only

              $650 - $847 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

              $285 body only

              $427 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              No significant competitors found that are specific to the Nikon D5100.

              Sony SLT-A37 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $846 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Screen size Much larger screen
              Size Larger
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,073 body only

              $1,060 with 18-55mm lens

              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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              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