Updated (October, 2012): Compare the Nikon D5200 vs Sony SLT A35

Nikon D5100

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Nikon D5100

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Sony SLT-A33

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Sony SLT-A33

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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 SLT-A33

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D5100

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Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO 1,183 ISO vs 591 ISO
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The D5100 has excellent image quality 1 f-stop higher ISO than the SLT-A33
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 70.0
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More than 10% better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Battery life Significantly longer battery life 660 shots vs 270 shots
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Around 2.5x more shots per battery charge
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 22.8 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
True resolution Higher true resolution 16.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Startup delay Less startup delay 500 ms vs 800 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13 EV vs 12.6 EV
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0.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Thickness Significantly thinner 3.1" vs 3.3"
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Around 10% thinner
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A33

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 4 fps
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Around 80% faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 215 ms vs 273 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 6,400 ISO
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The SLT-A33's maximum light sensitivity is 1 f-stop better
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points More focus points 15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Lighter 500 g vs 560 g
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More than 10% lighter
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        similarities

        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
        Great for movies
        Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
        Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
        External mic jack Have external mic jacks Help
        Record higher quality audio with a microphone
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Thickness Quite thick Help
        D5100:3.1"
        SLT-A33:3.3"
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D5100:16.1 MP
        SLT-A33:14 MP
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        D5100:1
        SLT-A33:3
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
        1080p @ 30fps

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        Advantages

        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
        Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
        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
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
        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
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Nikon D3100

        Nikon D3100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $278 body only

        $380 - $427 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
        Sensor size Has a marginally smaller sensor
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $579 - $600 body only

        $200 - $672 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Size Is much smaller
        Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
        Sensor size Has a much smaller sensor
        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $290 - $370 body only

        $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Size Is slightly larger
        Sony SLT A58

        Sony SLT A58

        Entry-level DSLR

        $448 with 18-55mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
        Screen flips out Doesn't have a screen which flips out

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        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
        Nikon D5300

        Nikon D5300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $747 body only

        $847 with 18-55mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Lowest price Significantly more expensive
        Battery life Shorter battery life
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $689 - $929 body only

        $850 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO

        Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

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        Sony SLT-A37

        Sony SLT-A37

        Entry-level DSLR

        $430 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Supports 24p Supports 24p
        Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
        Screen size Much smaller screen
        Sony SLT-A55

        Sony SLT-A55

        Entry-level DSLR

        $699 body only

        $799 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        GPS Has a GPS
        Dynamic range Less dynamic range
        Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
        Sony SLT A35

        Sony SLT A35

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 body only

        $699 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Better image quality
        Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
        Continuous shooting Shoots slower

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