Updated (April, 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Sony SLT-A37

Sony SLT A35

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Sony SLT A35

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Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A35

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.7 EV
Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 
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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
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 919 ISO vs 763 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 900 ms
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2.2x less delay when turning on
Battery life Longer battery life 550 shots vs 420 shots
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More than 30% more shots per battery charge
Thickness Much thinner 2.9" vs 3.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Lowest price Much cheaper $272.84 vs $839.53
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The best price we've seen is $567 cheaper (3.1x less)
Size Smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 124x92x85 mm
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Around 10% smaller
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Advantages of the Sony SLT A35

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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
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.7 EV vs 11.3 EV
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1.4 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality Better image quality 74.0 vs 67.0
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More than 10% better image quality
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
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
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
Color depth Better color depth 23.3 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 5.5 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Movie format Lower frame rate movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D3100 does so at a lower frame rate
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 223 ms vs 279 ms
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More than 20% less delay when taking photos
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The SLT A35's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
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Almost the same
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The SLT A35's boost ISO 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 415 g vs 505 g
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Around 20% lighter
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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Weight Light weight Help
              D3100:505 g
              SLT A35:415 g
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D3100:14.2 MP
              SLT A35:16 MP
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              D3100:1
              SLT A35:3
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
              D3100:1080p @ 24fps
              SLT A35:1080p @ 30fps

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 body only

              $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $225 - $389 body only

              $399 - $550 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $700 body only

              $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $378 - $415 body only

              $495 - $562 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $648 body only

              $200 - $570 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $929 body only

              $848 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Sensor size Has a marginally larger sensor
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 body only

              $200 - $674 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

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              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Lowest price Significantly more expensive

              Sony SLT A35 Competitors

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              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Much smaller screen
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,073 body only

              $1,060 with 18-55mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              GPS Has a GPS
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life

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              Showing 11 comments

              mimi (8:03 AM, October 04, 2012)
              i suggest you go for the sony a35. it's MUCH better than nikon d3100.
               
              mimi (8:02 AM, October 04, 2012)
              very true
               
              Wise_entity (7:49 PM, January 28, 2012)
              non sense comparison a typical Nikon fanatic site.
               
              Avatar for vishnu vardhan vishnu vardhan (7:59 PM, December 08, 2011)
              the A35 has shortest shutter lag .05 seconds! You can control shutter speed, aperture, iso in manual mode! and EV compensation , metering , auto exposure lock in programmed mode! a35 is a no brainer 
               
              Avatar for vishnu vardhan vishnu vardhan (7:59 PM, December 08, 2011)
              the A35 has shortest shutter lag .05 seconds! You can control shutter speed, aperture, iso in manual mode! and EV compensation , metering , auto exposure lock in programmed mode! a35 is a no brainer 
               
              RachW (5:35 PM, December 07, 2011)
              Have you got the Sony yet? I am leaning towards that one out of it and the D3100 but people say Nikon is a more trusted brand - what do you think?
               
              luvmyboys (5:27 PM, December 04, 2011)
              Playing with both cameras and doing TONS of research I am going with the Sony. 
               
              RachelW (2:51 PM, November 27, 2011)
              Interesting - am torn between these two for my christmas present, the A35 seems to come off better here but can anyone else personally recommend either one? Would like to be able to change the shutter speed to get some blurred "movement" shots but mainly for the photo to be taken as soon as I press the button :)
               
              Blue__monday (11:13 PM, November 26, 2011)
              Both great cameras, but the Sony a35 win :)
               
              AndrewG (7:40 PM, November 22, 2011)
              Scoring doesn't seem right here; in all the important aspects for a camera, i.e. features allowing you to take good pictures, the Sony wins; how then is the Nikon a better camera? No one looks at a photo and says wow, so that was taken by a Nikon/Sony, they look at it and say wow that's a good photo!  
               
              prashans (9:17 PM, November 08, 2011)
              I am confuse between these 2 DSLR cameras there are more functons in SONY SLT A35  then D3100 and D3100 i think its more famous. My concern is the image quality and the stablility  in long run ... can anyone suggest which one should i go for  ?