Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

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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-A390

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Sensor size
Large sensor
APS-C 23.5x15.7mm
 
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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 607 ISO
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The D3100 has a slight edge (0.6 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
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
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Sensor type Has a CMOS-family sensor CMOS vs CCD
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CMOS-family sensors often produce better quality images
Size Much smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 128x97x86 mm
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Around 20% smaller
Thickness Much thinner 2.9" vs 3.4"
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More than 10% thinner
Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder 0.51x vs 0.48x
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More than 10% larger viewfinder
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
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 67.0 vs 66.0
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Almost the same
Continuous shooting Shoots slightly faster 3 fps vs 2.5 fps
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20% faster continuous shooting
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 550 shots vs 500 shots
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10% more shots per battery charge
Lowest price Cheaper $278.29 vs $499.00
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The best price we've seen is $221 cheaper (more than 40% less)
Focus points Slightly more focus points 11 vs 9
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Weight Lighter 505 g vs 549 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A390

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag 198 ms vs 279 ms
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Around 30% less delay when taking photos
Dynamic range More dynamic range 11.5 EV vs 11.3 EV
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0.2 f-stops more dynamic range
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.7mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
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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

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              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-A390: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
              D3100:3 fps
              DSLR-A390:2.5 fps
              True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
              D3100:14.2 MP
              DSLR-A390:14 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
              Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
              D3100:0.51x
              DSLR-A390:0.48x
              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
              Dynamic range Poor dynamic range Help
              D3100:11.3 EV
              DSLR-A390:11.5 EV
              Focus points Few focus points Help
              D3100:11
              DSLR-A390:9
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus Help
              D3100:Contrast detection
              DSLR-A390:None
              Movie format One shoots movies Help
              D3100:1080p @ 24fps
              DSLR-A390:None
              Overall image quality Low image quality Help
              D3100:67.0
              DSLR-A390:66.0

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 - $567 body only

              $444 - $477 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 slightly more shutter lag
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $400 - $419 body only

              $399 - $529 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Thickness Is thicker
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $352 - $415 body only

              $495 - $797 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

              $499 - $699 body only

              $200 - $729 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

              $897 - $929 body only

              $838 - $940 with 18-105mm lens

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

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $495 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Size Is slightly smaller
              Thickness Is thinner
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Canon EOS Rebel T1i

              Canon Rebel T1i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $800 body only

              $700 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              Shutter lag Has slightly less shutter lag
              Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
              Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $681 - $849 body only

              $499 - $822 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
              Canon EOS Rebel T2i

              Canon Rebel T2i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $579 - $600 body only

              $200 - $672 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Low light performance More noise at high ISO
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $547 - $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 More expensive

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

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              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

              Entry-level DSLR

              Battery life Longer battery life
              Size Smaller
              Autofocus Slower autofocus
              Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Sony Alpha DSLR-A290

              Entry-level DSLR

              Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
              Live view No live view
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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              Saifulizuanmd (9:32 AM, December 21, 2011)
              and a390 doesnt have battery grip
               
              7mgoulding7 (6:50 PM, August 20, 2011)
              The 390 has a flipout screen. It says it does not in the common weakness.