Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Sony SLT-A77

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

71

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

55

Sony Alpha DSLR-A700

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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 Alpha DSLR-A700

Viewfinder size
Large viewfinder
0.59x
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
180 ms shutter lag
 
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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 581 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality 1 f-stop higher ISO than the DSLR-A700
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 66.0
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More than 20% better image quality
Live view Has live view Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.5 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 1.2 more bits of color
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 11.9 EV
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1.1 f-stops more dynamic range
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
Size Much smaller 127x96x78 mm vs 142x105x80 mm
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Around 20% smaller
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 12.2 MP
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Capture more than 30% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The D5100's boost ISO is 2 f-stops better
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 6,400 ISO vs 1,600 ISO
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The D5100's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Weight Significantly lighter 560 g vs 768 g
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Around 30% lighter
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 500 ms vs 600 ms
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Around 20% less delay when turning on
Thickness Thinner 3.1" vs 3.1"
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Almost the same
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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.59x vs 0.51x
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More than 30% larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 180 ms vs 273 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Viewfinder Has a pentaprism viewfinder Pentaprism vs Pentamirror
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Pentaprism viewfinders are typically brighter
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 5 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 30% faster continuous shooting
Fastest shutter speed Much faster max shutter speed 1/8000s vs 1/4000s
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2x faster max shutter speed
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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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        Thickness Quite thick Help
        3.1"
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
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        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D5100:16.1 MP
        DSLR-A700:12.2 MP
        Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
        D5100:6,400 ISO
        DSLR-A700:1,600 ISO
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Focus points Few focus points Help
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        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        D5100:Contrast detection
        DSLR-A700:None
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        D5100:4 fps
        DSLR-A700:5 fps
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D5100:1080p @ 30fps
        DSLR-A700:None

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $329 - $567 body only

        $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 - $774 body only

        $200 - $729 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Size Is slightly larger
        Nikon D5200

        Nikon D5200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 body only

        $697 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $689 - $929 body only

        $850 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
        Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
        Fastest shutter speed Has a slower max shutter speed
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Canon EOS 60D

        Canon EOS 60D

        Pro DSLR

        $699 - $700 body only

        $450 - $1,199 with 18-135mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Weather sealed Has a weather sealed body
        Weight Is significantly heavier
        Size Is much larger

        Nikon D5100 Competitors

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        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Smaller
        Thickness Significantly thinner
        Overall image quality Significantly worse image quality
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A700 Competitors

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        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $1,398 - $1,700 with 16-50mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Live view Has live view
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

        Entry-level DSLR

        $749 body only

        $849 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Shutter lag Significantly more shutter lag
        Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

        Entry-level DSLR

        Live view Has live view
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Sony Alpha A6000

        Sony Alpha A6000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        $598 body only

        $748 with 16-50mm lens

        Movie format Shoots movies
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A900

        Pro DSLR

        $2,699 body only

        Sensor size Much larger sensor
        Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
        Size Much larger
        Lens availability Fewer lenses available

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