Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

100

Nikon D3100

92

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550

Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
11.8 EV
High resolution screen
Screen resolution
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Rapid fire
Continuous shooting
7 fps
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
919 ISO
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Color depth
Great color depth
22.5 bits
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look

galleries

Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.
Explore our gallery of 7 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha DSLR-A550.

competitors

Sony Alpha DSLR-A550 Competitors

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

Sony Alpha DSLR-A500

Entry-level DSLR

Autofocus Faster autofocus
Battery life Slightly longer battery life
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony SLT-A68

Sony SLT-A68

Boutique

Movie format Shoots movies
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony SLT-A55

Sony SLT A55

Entry-level DSLR

$500 body only

Movie format Shoots movies
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$340 with 18-55mm lens

Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
Battery life Longer battery life
Movie format Lower resolution movies
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Overall image quality Much better image quality
Thickness Thicker
Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$349 body only

$420 with 18-55mm lens

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

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A550
Alpha DSLR-A550
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Nikon D3100
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