Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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Nikon D3100

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Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Low light performance
Low noise at high ISO
1,121 ISO
Overall image quality
Great image quality
80.0
Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 30fps
Color depth
Great color depth
23.8 bits
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
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
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Size Much smaller 124x96x73 mm vs 137x104x84 mm
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Around 30% smaller
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 205 lenses vs 123 lenses
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Around 70% more lenses available
Startup delay Less startup delay 400 ms vs 800 ms
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2x less delay when turning on
Thickness Much thinner 2.9" vs 3.3"
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More than 10% thinner
Shutter lag Slightly less shutter lag 279 ms vs 295 ms
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Around 10% less delay when taking photos
Weight Lighter 505 g vs 599 g
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Around 20% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSLR-A580

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Overall image quality Significantly better image quality 80.0 vs 67.0
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Around 20% better image quality
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen 921k dots vs 230k dots
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More than 4x higher resolution screen
Dynamic range More dynamic range 13.3 EV vs 11.3 EV
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2 f-stops more dynamic range
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 1,121 ISO vs 919 ISO
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The DSLR-A580 has a slight edge (0.3 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
3D Takes 3D photos Yes vs No
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Combines multiple photos into a 3D image
Battery life Much longer battery life 1050 shots vs 550 shots
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More than 90% more shots per battery charge
HDR Has in-camera HDR Yes vs No
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Combines multiple exposures to capture high dynamic range
External mic jack Has an external mic jack Yes vs No
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Record high quality audio with an external microphone
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera Yes vs No
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Stitches together multiple photos for a wide perspective
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster 7 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 2.5x faster continuous shooting
Color depth Better color depth 23.8 bits vs 22.5 bits
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Distinguishes 1.3 more bits of color
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
Movie format Lower frame rate movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 1080p @ 24fps
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Both shoot Full HD (1080p) video, but D3100 does so at a lower frame rate
Sensor size Larger sensor APS-C 23.5x15.6mm vs APS-C 23.1x15.4mm
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Almost the same
Light sensitivity Better maximum light sensitivity 12,800 ISO vs 3,200 ISO
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The DSLR-A580's maximum light sensitivity is 2 f-stops better
Storage slots Has more storage slots 2 vs 1
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More slots allows storing more images without switching memory cards
True resolution Higher true resolution 16 MP vs 14.2 MP
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Capture more than 10% more detail in your photos
Light sensitivity (boost) Better boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs 12,800 ISO
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The DSLR-A580's boost ISO is 1 f-stop better
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 1
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Focus points More focus points 15 vs 11
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder 0.52x vs 0.51x
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Almost the same
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        Compared to recent entry-level DSLRs

        Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

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        Fastest shutter speed Slow max shutter speed Help
        1/4000 of a second
        Viewfinder coverage Below average viewfinder coverage Help
        95%
        Shutter lag Significant shutter lag Help
        D3100:279 ms
        DSLR-A580:295 ms
        True resolution Capture low resolution images Help
        D3100:14.2 MP
        DSLR-A580:16 MP
        Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
        D3100:1
        DSLR-A580:3
        Viewfinder size Below average viewfinder size Help
        D3100:0.51x
        DSLR-A580:0.52x
        Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
        Need to shelter it from weather
        Movie format Full HD (1080p) video Help
        D3100:1080p @ 24fps
        DSLR-A580:1080p @ 30fps

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        Shared Competitors

        Advantages

        Disadvantages

        Nikon D3200

        Nikon D3200

        Entry-level DSLR

        $319 body only

        $389 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Canon EOS Rebel T5

        Entry-level DSLR

        $681 - $700 body only

        $499 - $822 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D5100

        Nikon D5100

        Entry-level DSLR

        $378 body only

        $556 with 18-55mm lens

        Thickness Is thicker
        Size Is slightly larger
        Canon Rebel T3i

        Canon Rebel T3i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $499 body only

        $549 - $579 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Nikon D3300

        Nikon D3300

        Entry-level DSLR

        $547 with 18-55mm lens

        Low light performance Is slightly less noisy at high ISO
        Movie format Records higher quality movies
        Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
        Startup delay Has much more startup delay
        Nikon D90

        Nikon D90

        Entry-level DSLR

        $850 with 18-105mm lens

        Viewfinder size Significantly larger viewfinder
        Viewfinder Has higher quality type of viewfinder
        Lowest price Is much more expensive
        Thickness Is thicker
        Canon EOS Rebel T2i

        Canon Rebel T2i

        Entry-level DSLR

        $639 body only

        $674 with 18-55mm lens

        True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
        Size Is slightly smaller
        Lowest price Is significantly more expensive
        Sensor size Has a slightly smaller sensor

        Nikon D3100 Competitors

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        Canon Rebel T3

        Canon Rebel T3

        Entry-level DSLR

        $419 body only

        $580 with 18-55mm lens

        Battery life Longer battery life
        Viewfinder size Larger viewfinder
        Movie format Lower resolution movies
        Screen size Significantly smaller screen

        Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

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        Sony SLT-A77

        Sony SLT A77

        Pro DSLR

        $1,398 body only

        $1,298 with 16-50mm lens

        Movie format Higher frame rate movies
        Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
        Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
        Startup delay Much more startup delay

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        Avatar for ifrit_17 ifrit_17 (3:24 PM, August 10, 2011)
        i bought a nikon L100, to be honest at first sigh i was dissappointed, cause this camera Lacks of manual settings which is the most important thing for photography, but with time i learn how to manage this camera and then i found it wasn´t that bad, anyways i know why the quality of this camera (nikon L100) lacks its cause the sensor size is really Small. but is a good camera for particular usage but not for those who want to learn about photography.