Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Sensor cleaning
Self cleaning sensor
Avoids dust in your photos
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 60fps
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.3" 6.2x4.6mm
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More than 12.5x larger sensor
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
True resolution Higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
Battery life Longer battery life 550 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Size Slightly smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 122x87x93 mm
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More than 10% smaller
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.7"
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More than 20% thinner
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Weight Lighter 505 g vs 577 g
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More than 10% lighter
Lowest price Cheaper $249.00 vs $627.16
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The best price we've seen is $378 cheaper (2.5x less)
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
GPS Has a GPS Yes vs No
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Automatically geotags your photos when traveling
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D3100:Pentamirror
              DSC-HX100v:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Heavy Help
              D3100:505 g
              DSC-HX100v:577 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D3100:2.9"
              DSC-HX100v:3.7"
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D3100:11
              DSC-HX100v:9
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Size Large Help
              D3100:124x96x73 mm
              DSC-HX100v:122x87x93 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $329 - $567 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $290 - $370 body only

              $399 - $499 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $449 body only

              $500 - $797 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              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
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Startup delay Has significantly more startup delay

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $689 - $929 body only

              $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $683

              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Zoom Slightly more zoom
              Light sensitivity Worse maximum light sensitivity
              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $390 - $398

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Size Larger
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $478

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Nikon Coolpix P500

              Super zoom

              $239

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              GPS No built-in GPS
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX50V

              Travel zoom

              $348

              Size Significantly smaller
              Wide angle Better wide angle
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Macro focus Significantly worse macro capability

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              Showing 2 comments

              Jaykumar9507 (1:34 PM, September 13, 2011)
              it"s very good camera
               
              Avsel (7:30 PM, September 03, 2011)
              great camera