Nikon D5100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Winner
Nikon D5100

100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

59

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
Great color depth
Color depth
23.5 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
198 ms shutter lag
Storage slots
More storage slots
2
External flash
External flash
Better lighting

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Nikon D5100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Dynamic range Less dynamic range
Canon PowerShot D30

Canon PowerShot D30

Waterproof

$430

Image stabilization Image stabilization
High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$405 body only

$399 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Color depth Better color depth
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Dynamic range Less dynamic range

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37

Entry-level DSLR

$522 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Nikon D3100

Nikon D3100

Entry-level DSLR

$535 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$640 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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Nikon D5100
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