Nikon D3100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Winner
Nikon D3100

53

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

42

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 24fps
Large screen
Screen size
3"
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-A390

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
198 ms shutter lag
Storage slots
More storage slots
2

galleries

Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390.

competitors

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$452 body only

$399 - $547 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Significantly lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Slightly larger
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$268 body only

$330 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$349 with 18-55mm lens

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

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Sony Alpha DSLR-A230

Entry-level DSLR

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Thickness Much thinner
Live view No live view
Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D

Entry-level DSLR

$1,099 - $1,199 body only

$1,249 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Lowest price Much more expensive
Sony Alpha A6000

Sony Alpha A6000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$548 body only

$580 - $698 with 16-50mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

discussion

Nikon D3100
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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.