Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

141

Nikon D3100

100

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha DSLR-A580

Full HD
Movie format
1080p @ 30fps
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

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
Shutter lag
Barely any delay taking photos
279 ms shutter lag

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

$632 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Sony Alpha DSLR-A350

Entry-level DSLR

Size Significantly smaller
Thickness Much thinner
Movie format Does not take movies
Nikon Coolpix P90

Nikon Coolpix P90

Super zoom

$550

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Size Much smaller
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Nikon D3100 Competitors

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
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$402 body only

$397 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Size Slightly larger
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$300 body only

$419 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
True resolution Much higher true resolution
Thickness Thicker

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Sony Alpha DSLR-A580
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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.