Nikon D3100 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

Winner
Nikon D3100

100

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390

78

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
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
400 ms startup delay
 

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

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$349 body only

$455 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Size Larger
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$399 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Size Slightly larger
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$500 body only

$350 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Sony Alpha DSLR-A390 Competitors

Nikon 1 J1

Nikon 1 J1

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$534 body only

$999 with 10-30mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
Viewfinder No viewfinder
Nikon D7100

Nikon D7100

Entry-level DSLR

$629 - $679 body only

$895 with 18-140mm lens

Movie format Shoots movies
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Entry-level DSLR

$600 body only

$1,500 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Screen size Much larger screen
Autofocus Slower autofocus

discussion

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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.