Updated (June 2011): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Sony SLT A35

Sony SLT A35 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Sony SLT A35

62

Nikon D3100

53

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A35

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.3 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.7 EV
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm)

galleries

Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT A35.

competitors

Sony SLT A35 Competitors

Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37

Entry-level DSLR

$576 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Screen size Much smaller screen
Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$598 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Screen size Much smaller screen
Sony SLT-A55

Sony SLT A55

Entry-level DSLR

Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
Color depth Worse color depth

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$329 body only

$397 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Slightly larger
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$285 body only

$360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$269 body only

$349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Thickness Thicker

discussion

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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 Omega Omega (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 Omega Omega (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  ?