Nikon D5100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Winner
Nikon D5100

100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

58

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

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
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies

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

$358 body only

$438 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Size Smaller
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$445 body only

$500 - $549 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Screen size Much larger screen
Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
Nikon D3400

Nikon D3400

Entry-level DSLR

$326 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

Sony Alpha A5100

Sony Alpha A5100

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$348 body only

$448 with 16-50mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$402 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Panasonic Lumix DMC-G2

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$1,000 with 14-42mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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Nikon D5100
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