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

Sony SLT A35

Winner
Sony SLT A35

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Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

Runner-up
     

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A35

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.7 EV
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
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
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 

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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
Size
Smaller
124x96x73 mm vs 124x92x85 mm
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Around 10% smaller
Lowest price
Much cheaper
$272.29 vs $679.00
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The best price we've seen is $407 cheaper (2.5x less)
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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
3D
Takes 3D photos
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Overall image quality
Better image quality
74.0 vs 67.0
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More than 10% better image quality
HDR
Has in-camera HDR
Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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
External mic jack
Has an external mic jack
Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Continuous shooting
Shoots significantly faster
5.5 fps vs 3 fps
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More than 80% faster continuous shooting
Color depth
Better color depth
23.3 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 0.8 more bits of color
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
True resolution
Higher true resolution
16 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Sensor size
Larger sensor
APS-C 23.4x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
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Almost the same
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
              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
              Common Weaknesses
              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
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D3100:919 ISO
              SLT A35:763 ISO

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              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $309 - $527 body only

              $389 - $447 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 EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $389 - $418 body only

              $399 - $400 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $360 - $385 body only

              $429 - $499 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 - $550 body only

              $549 - $630 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Screen flips out Has a screen which flips out
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $750 body only

              $900 with 18-55mm lens

              Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
              Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $600 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Size Is slightly smaller
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $439 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Size Larger
              Lowest price More expensive

              Sony SLT A35 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $464 - $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

              $479 body only

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Color depth Worse color depth
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony SLT-A33

              Sony SLT-A33

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,027 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Continuous shooting Shoots faster
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony SLT A57

              Sony SLT A57

              Entry-level DSLR

              $608 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher frame rate movies
              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              Size Larger
              Weight Significantly heavier

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              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  ?