Updated (April 2011): Compare the Nikon D5100 vs Sony SLT-A33

Nikon D5100 vs Sony SLT A33

Winner
Nikon D5100

100

Sony SLT-A33

81

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D5100

24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
500 ms startup delay
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A33

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
7 fps
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
215 ms shutter lag
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 SLT-A33.

competitors

Nikon D5100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$403 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
Nikon D5300

Nikon D5300

Entry-level DSLR

$445 body only

$515 - $529 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

$315 body only

$349 - $497 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 SLT-A33 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Size Much smaller
Thickness Much thinner
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$626 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37

Entry-level DSLR

$522 with 18-55mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

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Nikon D5100
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