Updated (August 2010): Compare the Nikon D3100 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 vs Nikon D3100

Winner
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

48

Nikon D3100

39

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Lens
Flip-out screen
Screen flips out
Great for movies
 

Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Badge
Autofocuses shooting video
Contrast detection
Light sensitivity (boost)
High ISO (boost)
12,800 ISO
Supports RAW
Shoots RAW
Better editing

galleries

Explore our gallery of 48 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1.

competitors

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Sony CyberShot DSC-H300

Super zoom

$178 - $180

Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Wide angle Significantly better wide angle
Size Significantly larger
Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

Super zoom

$453

HDR Has in-camera HDR
Panorama Can create panoramas in-camera
Size Larger
Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

Super zoom

$530

Screen resolution Significantly higher resolution screen
GPS Has a GPS
Screen flips out Screen does not flip out

Nikon D3100 Competitors

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Canon EOS Rebel T5

Entry-level DSLR

$325 body only

$300 - $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

discussion

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
Cyber-shot DSC-HX1
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Nikon D3100
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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!!!