Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

54

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

39

Sony Alpha DSLR-A200

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
400 ms startup delay
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
Sensor shift
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.6x15.8mm
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
189 ms shutter lag
Battery life
Great battery life
750 shots
 
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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 Significantly larger screen 3.0" 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 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% 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 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
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
Color depth Better color depth 22.5 bits vs 22.3 bits
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Distinguishes 0.2 more bits of color
Size Smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 131x99x71 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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Image stabilization Image stabilization 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
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.6x15.8mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
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Almost the same
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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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
        Thickness Thin Help
        D3100:2.9"
        DSLR-A200:2.8"
        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Light sensitivity (boost) One has boost ISO Help
        D3100:12,800 ISO
        DSLR-A200:None
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
        You could do HDR manually
        Continuous shooting Slow continuous shooting Help
        3 fps
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D3100:14.2 MP
        DSLR-A200:10 MP
        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
        Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
        11.3 EV
        Screen flips out No flip-out screens Help
        Less flexible
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
        You could stitch photos in post
        Focus points Few focus points Help
        D3100:11
        DSLR-A200:9
        Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
        D3100:Contrast detection
        DSLR-A200:None
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        D3100:0.51x
        DSLR-A200:0.54x
        Movie format One shoots movies Help
        D3100:1080p @ 24fps
        DSLR-A200:None
        Overall image quality Low image quality Help
        D3100:67.0
        DSLR-A200:63.0

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        competitors

        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 - $656 body only

        $477 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 Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $276 - $290 body only

        $350 - $379 with 18-55mm lens

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

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $370 - $400 body only

        $485 - $625 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
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $480 - $774 body only

        $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Weight Is slightly heavier
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $575 - $629 body only

        $830 - $976 with 18-105mm lens

        Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
        Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3000

        Nikon D3000

        Entry-level DSLR

        $330 body only

        $350 - $398 with 18-55mm lens

        Size Is slightly smaller
        Thickness Is thinner
        Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
        Startup delay Has slightly more startup delay
        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Sony Alpha ILC-3000

        Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Overall image quality Has significantly better image quality
        Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
        Viewfinder Has a lower quality type of viewfinder

        Nikon D3100 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $599 - $681 body only

        $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

        Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
        True resolution Higher true resolution
        Low light performance More noise at high ISO
        Color depth Worse color depth
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $597 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
        Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
        Startup delay Much more startup delay
        Lowest price Significantly more expensive

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A200 Competitors

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        Disadvantages

        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
        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 Significantly shorter battery life
        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Canon EOS Digital Rebel XS

        Entry-level DSLR

        $430 with 18-55mm lens

        Live view Has live view
        Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
        Autofocus Slower autofocus
        Image stabilization No image stabilization
        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A300

        Entry-level DSLR

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

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