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

Sony SLT A57 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Sony SLT A57

72

Nikon D3100

54

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A57

Great image quality
Overall image quality
75.0
Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 60fps
Great color depth
Color depth
23.4 bits
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13 EV
 

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

$598 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Battery life Longer battery life
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68

Boutique

True resolution Much higher true resolution
Focus points Many more focus points
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony SLT-A65

Sony SLT A65

Entry-level DSLR

$1,142 with 18-55mm lens

True resolution Much higher true resolution
GPS Has a GPS
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly slower

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$310 body only

$348 - $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

$460 body only

$350 - $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

$377 body only

$390 - $419 with 18-55mm lens

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

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Sony SLT A57
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