Nikon D5100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Winner
Nikon D5100

100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

59

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
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
CMOS Sensor
Sensor type
Better in low light
 

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 D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$402 body only

$369 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
Nikon D5200

Nikon D5200

Entry-level DSLR

$359 body only

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Shorter battery life

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$358 body only

$438 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon D40

Nikon D40

Entry-level DSLR

$1,481 with 18-55mm lens

Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Size Much smaller
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Super zoom

$453

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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