Updated (March 2012): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Sony SLT A57

Sony SLT A57 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Sony SLT A57

131

Nikon D3100

100

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.4 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
Viewfinder
Great viewfinder
Pentamirror
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection

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 A57.

competitors

Sony SLT A57 Competitors

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$941 with 10-24mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Battery life Longer battery life
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony SLT-A55

Sony SLT A55

Entry-level DSLR

GPS Has a GPS
Low light performance Slightly lower noise at high ISO
Supports 24p No 24p support
Canon Rebel T5i

Canon Rebel T5i

Entry-level DSLR

$435 - $649 body only

$540 - $599 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Color depth Worse color depth

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$350 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$462 body only

$390 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range
Size Slightly larger
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$396 with 18-55mm lens

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

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