Updated (February, 2013): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Sony SLT A58

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

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Sony SLT A58

61

Sony SLT A58

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
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A58

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.65x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
8 fps
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 753 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (0.7 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
500 ms vs 1900 ms
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3.8x less delay when turning on
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
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
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
273 ms vs 326 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 12.5 EV
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0.5 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
Slightly cheaper
$359.95 vs $398.00
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The best price we've seen is $38 cheaper (around 10% less)
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A58

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Viewfinder size
Much larger viewfinder
0.65x vs 0.51x
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More than 60% larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting
Shoots much faster
8 fps vs 4 fps
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2x faster continuous shooting
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
20.1 MP vs 16.1 MP
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Capture more than 20% more detail in your photos
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 A58'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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
690 shots vs 660 shots
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Almost the same
Weight
Lighter
492 g vs 560 g
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More than 10% lighter
Thickness
Slightly thinner
3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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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
              Lowest price Inexpensive Help
              D5100:$359.95
              SLT A58:$398.00
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              3.1"
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D5100:1
              SLT A58:3
              Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
              D5100:273 ms
              SLT A58:326 ms
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Records higher quality movies
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $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 Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 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
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $699 body only

              $597 - $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              Cross type focus points Has slightly more cross-type focus points
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

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

              Sony SLT A58 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              True resolution Lower true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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              vivek (6:46 AM, August 23, 2013)
              sony a58 has 8fps