Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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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 Alpha DSLR-A390

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
198 ms shutter lag
 

differences

Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 30fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance
Much lower noise at high ISO
1,183 ISO vs 607 ISO
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The D5100 has a slight edge (1 f-stop) in low noise, high ISO performance
Overall image quality
Significantly better image quality
80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Screen resolution
Much higher resolution screen
920k dots vs 230k dots
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4x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
13 EV vs 11.5 EV
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1.5 f-stops more dynamic range
Screen size
Significantly larger screen
3.0" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Color depth
Better color depth
23.5 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1 more bits of color
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Continuous shooting
Shoots faster
4 fps vs 2.5 fps
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60% faster continuous shooting
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Battery life
Longer battery life
660 shots vs 500 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.51x vs 0.48x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Size
Smaller
127x96x78 mm vs 128x97x86 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$359.95 vs $870.28
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The best price we've seen is $510 cheaper (2.4x less)
Thickness
Significantly thinner
3.1" vs 3.4"
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Around 10% thinner
Light sensitivity
Better maximum light sensitivity
6,400 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A390

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Shutter lag
Less shutter lag
198 ms vs 273 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Storage slots
Has more storage slots
2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D5100:3.1"
              DSLR-A390:3.4"
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              D5100:4 fps
              DSLR-A390:2.5 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D5100:16.1 MP
              DSLR-A390:14 MP
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D5100:0.51x
              DSLR-A390:0.48x
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              D5100:6,400 ISO
              DSLR-A390:3,200 ISO
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D5100:11
              DSLR-A390:9
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post

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              Nikon D3200

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              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thinner
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Size Is slightly larger
              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
              Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $272 body only

              $390 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $398 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Weight Is slightly lighter
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Size Is slightly larger

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

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              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 body only

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              True resolution Much higher true resolution
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Shutter lag More shutter lag
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $599 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price More expensive

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              $950 with 75-300mm lens

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Thickness Much thinner
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Live view No live view
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

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