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

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
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
13.3 EV
 

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
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

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D

Entry-level DSLR

$999 body only

$1,049 with 18-55mm lens

Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Storage slots Has fewer storage slots
Sony SLT-A77

Sony SLT A77

Pro DSLR

$1,531 body only

$1,499 with 16-50mm lens

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Movie format Lower frame rate movies
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO
Sony SLT-A55

Sony SLT A55

Entry-level DSLR

$500 body only

Viewfinder size Much larger viewfinder
Continuous shooting Shoots significantly faster
Low light performance Much more noise at high ISO

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Canon EOS Rebel T6

Entry-level DSLR

$318 - $699 body only

$358 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

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

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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.