Updated (August 2010): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5 vs Nikon D3100

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Sony Alpha NEX-5

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Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

High resolution screen
Screen resolution
920k dots
Really small
Size
Compact (111×59×38 mm)
Wide dynamic range
Dynamic range
12.2 EV
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

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
Live view
Has live view
Preview your photos

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 NEX-5.

competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$691 body only

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
Overall image quality Better image quality
Startup delay Much more startup delay
Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$348 body only

$379 - $390 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen resolution Lower resolution screen
Sony Alpha NEX-3

Sony Alpha NEX-3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$398 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

External mic jack Has an external mic jack
Thickness Slightly thinner
Movie format Lower resolution movies

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$431 body only

$399 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Nikon D3200

Nikon D3200

Entry-level DSLR

$389 body only

$399 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$479 body only

$329 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Viewfinder size Slightly larger viewfinder
Screen size Much smaller screen

discussion

Sony Alpha NEX-5
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Nikon D3100
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s (0:58 AM, September 03, 2013)
The nex shoots 10 fps per sony website!