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

Nikon D5100

Winner
Nikon D5100

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Sony SLT-A33

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Sony SLT-A33

Runner-up
     

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
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Panorama
In-camera panoramas
Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
 

differences

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
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
Startup delay
Less startup delay
500 ms vs 800 ms
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Around 40% less delay when turning on
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16.1 MP vs 14 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
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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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
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Panorama
Can create panoramas in-camera
Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting
Shoots much 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
Slightly 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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Movie format Both shoot high resolution HD movies Help
              1080p @ 30fps

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $302 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thinner
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D5200

              Nikon D5200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 - $547 body only

              $499 - $647 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
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $550 - $620 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $220 - $343 body only

              $385 - $403 with 18-55mm lens

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is slightly less expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              HDR Lacks a built in HDR feature
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $640 body only

              $830 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $855 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Light sensitivity (boost) Slightly lower boost light sensitivity
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much 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

              Nikon D5100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $397 body only

              $429 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Nikon D5300

              Nikon D5300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $697 body only

              $745 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen size Significantly larger screen
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive
              Nikon D7000

              Nikon D7000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $615 body only

              $600 - $1,025 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
              Weather sealed Weather sealed
              HDR Lacks in-camera HDR
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

              Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT A35

              Sony SLT A35

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 body only

              $679 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
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 - $504 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-A77

              Sony SLT A77

              Pro DSLR

              $1,256 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Size Much larger
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Lower frame rate movies
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos

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