Updated (August 2010): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Nikon D3100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Winner
Nikon D3100

53

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

41

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Has live view
Live view
Preview your photos
24p movies
Supports 24p
For that film look
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
189 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
750 shots
Thickness
Thin
2.8"

Items often bought with the Nikon D3100 or Sony DSLR-A200

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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.
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differences

Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Movie format
Shoots movies
1080p @ 24fps vs None
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Shoots Full HD (1080p) video as well as still pictures
Low light performance
Significantly lower noise at high ISO
919 ISO vs 521 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.8 f-stops) in low-noise, high-ISO performance
Live view
Has live view
Yes vs No
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Preview your photos on the camera's screen before taking them
Screen size
Much larger screen
3" vs 2.7"
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More than 10% larger screen
Autofocus
Video autofocus
Contrast detection vs None
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Automatically focuses shooting video
Startup delay
Much less startup delay
400 ms vs 1500 ms
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3.7x less delay when turning on
Lens availability
Significantly more lenses available
230 lenses vs 126 lenses
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More than 80% more lenses available
Overall image quality
Better image quality
67.0 vs 63.0
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Around 10% better image quality
True resolution
Significantly higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 10 MP
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Capture more than 40% more detail in your photos
Sensor type
Has a CMOS-family sensor
CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Color depth
Better color depth
22.5 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity (boost)
Has boost ISO
12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Size
Slightly smaller
124×97×74 mm vs 131×99×71 mm
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Almost the same
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight
Lighter
505 g vs 572 g
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More than 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A200

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Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Shutter lag
Significantly less shutter lag
189 ms vs 279 ms
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More than 30% less delay when taking photos
Battery life
Longer battery life
750 shots vs 550 shots
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Around 40% more shots per battery charge
Viewfinder size
Larger viewfinder
0.54x vs 0.51x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
Thickness
Thinner
2.8" vs 2.9"
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Almost the same
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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent entry-level DSLRs, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

              Common Strengths

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              Common Weaknesses
              Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
              1/4000 of a second
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D310014.2 MP
              DSLR-A20010 MP
              Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
              95%
              Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
              3 fps
              Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
              D310012,800 ISO
              DSLR-A200None
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              1
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D310011
              DSLR-A2009
              Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
              Less flexible
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              11.3 EV
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D31001080p @ 24fps
              DSLR-A200None
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D31000.51x
              DSLR-A2000.54x
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D310067.0
              DSLR-A20063.0
              Low light performance Above average noise at high ISO Help
              D3100919 ISO
              DSLR-A200521 ISO

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Thickness Is thicker
              Shutter lag Has significantly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $325 body only

              $360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a slightly higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $430 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

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

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $332 body only

              $399 with 18-55mm lens

              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $368 body only

              $640 with 18-55mm lens

              Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
              Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon Kiss X5

              Canon Kiss X5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,299 body only

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Thickness Is thicker
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $898 with 18-55mm, 75-300mm lenses

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Lowest price Is much more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $755 with 18-105mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

              Entry-level DSLR

              Startup delay Significantly less startup delay
              Storage slots Has more storage slots
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Shoots movies
              Autofocus Video autofocus
              Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              Live view Has live view
              Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Viewfinder size Smaller viewfinder
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A100

              Entry-level DSLR

              Startup delay Less startup delay
              Size Slightly smaller
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen

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