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

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Sony SLT A58

61

Sony SLT A58

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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 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
 
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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 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
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen 920k dots vs 460k dots
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2x higher resolution screen
Startup delay Much less startup delay 500 ms vs 1900 ms
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3.8x less delay when turning on
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 Cheaper $378.00 vs $448.00
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The best price we've seen is $70 cheaper (around 20% 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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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 Common Weaknesses
              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 A58:$448.00
              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 - $657 body only

              $389 - $477 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $774 body only

              $549 - $575 with 18-55mm lens

              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              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 - $547 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 EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $680 - $700 body only

              $495 - $820 with 18-55mm lens

              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 significantly more expensive
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $270 - $387 body only

              $401 - $569 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              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 A58 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $700 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