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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Supports 24p
Supports 24p
Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Battery life
Significantly longer battery life
550 shots vs 410 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 9.7 MP
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Capture around 50% more detail in your photos
External flash
Supports an external flash
Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Size
Slightly smaller
124×97×74 mm vs 122×87×93 mm
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More than 10% smaller
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
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX100v

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen resolution
Significantly higher resolution screen
921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
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
              Battery life Great battery life Help
              D3100550 shots
              DSC-HX100v410 shots
              Built-in flash Each has a built-in flash Help
              External flash not needed
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D3100Pentamirror
              DSC-HX100vDigital
              Common Weaknesses
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D31002.9"
              DSC-HX100v3.7"
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              D31001080p @ 24fps
              DSC-HX100v1080p @ 60fps
              High-speed framerate No high speed movie support Help
              Not supported
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D310014.2 MP
              DSC-HX100v9.7 MP
              Size Large Help
              D3100124×97×74 mm
              DSC-HX100v122×87×93 mm
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              D3100230k dots
              DSC-HX100v921k dots

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