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

Nikon D3100 vs Sony Alpha NEX-5

Winner
Nikon D3100

39

Sony Alpha NEX-5

37

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
Badge
Contrast detection
Many cross-type focus points
Cross type focus points
1
High ISO (boost)
Light sensitivity (boost)
12,800 ISO
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-5

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

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

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$379 - $399 with 18-55mm lens

Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
True resolution Higher true resolution
Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
Nikon D3300

Nikon D3300

Entry-level DSLR

$419 body only

$400 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$408 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Longer battery life
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay
Autofocus Lacks video autofocus

Sony Alpha NEX-5 Competitors

Sony Alpha A5000

Sony Alpha A5000

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$437 body only

$369 - $379 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
3D Doesn't take 3D photos
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
Sony NEX-5N

Sony NEX 5N

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$299 body only

$887 with 16-50mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Touch screen Has a touch screen
Startup delay More startup delay

discussion

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