Updated (March, 2012): Compare the Nikon D3200 vs Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Nikon D3100

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie format
Full HD
1080p @ 24fps
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
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Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Lens
Continuous shooting
Rapid fire
10 fps
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
 
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Advantages of the Nikon D3100

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Startup delay Much less startup delay 400 ms vs 2300 ms
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5.7x less delay when turning on
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Supports 24p Supports 24p Yes vs No
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Get that real film feel
Sensor size Significantly larger sensor APS-C 23.1x15.4mm vs 1/2.7" 5.6x4.2mm
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More than 15x larger sensor
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 24fps vs 1440 x 1080 @ 30fps
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Shoots high resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
True resolution Significantly higher true resolution 14.2 MP vs 8.1 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
Interchangeable lenses Has interchangeable lenses Yes vs No
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Can take advantage of a variety of lenses
Supports RAW Shoots RAW Yes vs No
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Digitally develop your own photos with precise image control
Battery life Longer battery life 550 shots vs 390 shots
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More than 40% more shots per battery charge
External flash Supports an external flash Yes vs No
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An external flash often produces better looking flash images
Thickness Thinner 2.9" vs 3.6"
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Around 20% thinner
Viewfinder Has an optical viewfinder Pentamirror vs Digital
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Optical viewfinders save battery life and are more detailed
Lowest price Cheaper $278.29 vs $634.00
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The best price we've seen is $356 cheaper (2.3x less)
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 12,800 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Weight Slightly lighter 505 g vs 544 g
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Around 10% lighter
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Advantages of the Sony DSC-HX1

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Image stabilization Image stabilization Lens vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Screen flips out Has a flip-out screen Yes vs No
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Flip-out screens can be helpful when composing tricky shots or taking movies
Continuous shooting Shoots faster 10 fps vs 3 fps
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Around 3.5x faster continuous shooting
Shutter lag Less shutter lag 230 ms vs 279 ms
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Around 20% less delay when taking photos
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D3100:Pentamirror
              DSC-HX1:Digital
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Weight Heavy Help
              D3100:505 g
              DSC-HX1:544 g
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D3100:2.9"
              DSC-HX1:3.6"
              Panorama Neither camera stitches together panoramas Help
              You could stitch photos in post
              HDR Neither has in-camera HDR Help
              You could do HDR manually
              Screen resolution Low resolution screens Help
              230k dots
              3D Neither camera can take 3D photos Help
              No 3d support
              Size Large Help
              D3100:124x96x73 mm
              DSC-HX1:115x83x92 mm
              Light sensitivity Poor maximum light sensitivity Help
              3,200 ISO
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $290 body only

              $350 - $409 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Canon Rebel T5i

              Canon Rebel T5i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 body only

              $200 - $749 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Has a much higher resolution screen
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Color depth Has slightly less color depth

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

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              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $319 - $656 body only

              $399 - $477 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $480 - $774 body only

              $200 - $617 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              External mic jack Has an external mic jack
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $370 - $400 body only

              $485 - $590 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $599 - $681 body only

              $499 - $823 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Higher resolution screen
              True resolution Higher true resolution
              Overall image quality Slightly worse image quality
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $597 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Startup delay Much more startup delay
              Lowest price More expensive

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $398

              Zoom Much more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX200V

              Super zoom

              $349

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Zoom More zoom
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Sony CyberShot DSC-H200

              Super zoom

              $188 - $238

              Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
              Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Aperture Narrower aperture
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H50

              Super zoom

              Aperture Slightly wider aperture
              Size Slightly smaller
              Movie format Lower resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much more shutter lag
              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

              Travel zoom

              $200 - $300

              Size Significantly smaller
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Aperture Significantly narrower aperture
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

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              Charles (10:58 AM, May 28, 2011)
              For someone that doesnt know anything about camera and is about to buy it's first, this comparison is totally valid.
               
              Sanjeev Nandal (9:06 PM, February 03, 2011)
              Why would you even compare the two?
              DSC HX-1 costs $330
              Nikon D3100 costs $699

              Foolish comparison!!!