Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

76

Nikon D3100

54

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

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

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Supports 24p
24p movies
For that film look
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Size
Really small
Prosumer size (124×97×74 mm)

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-A580.

competitors

Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 Competitors

Sony SLT A58

Sony SLT A58

Entry-level DSLR

$498 - $629 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO
Sony SLT A77 II

Sony SLT A77 II

Pro DSLR

$998 body only

$1,598 with 16-50mm lens

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder Has a digital viewfinder
Sony SLT-A55

Sony SLT A55

Entry-level DSLR

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Low light performance Significantly more noise at high ISO

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$299 body only

$360 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution
Color depth Worse color depth
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$279 body only

$349 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Size Slightly larger
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$249 body only

$309 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

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

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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.