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

Nikon D3100 vs Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

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Nikon D3100

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1

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Reasons to buy the Nikon D3100

Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
Autofocuses shooting video
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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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Explore our gallery of 49 sample photos taken by the Nikon D3100. Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1.

differences

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
Interchangeable lenses
Has interchangeable lenses
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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
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 24fps vs 1440 x 1080 @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video but at a lower frame rate
True resolution
Higher true resolution
14.2 MP vs 8.1 MP
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Capture more than 70% more detail in your photos
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
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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recommendations

Which camera do we recommend? Relative to the best recent digital cameras, and ignoring price

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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              Viewfinder Viewfinders Help
              D3100Pentamirror
              DSC-HX1Digital
              Common Weaknesses
              Thickness Quite thick Help
              D31002.9"
              DSC-HX13.6"
              Weight Heavy Help
              D3100505 g
              DSC-HX1544 g
              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
              External mic jack Neither has an external mic jack Help
              Limited to the in-camera mic
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons
              Size Large Help
              D3100124x96x73 mm
              DSC-HX1115x83x92 mm

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 - $517 body only

              $359 - $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Screen resolution Has a significantly higher resolution screen
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $339 body only

              $429 with 18-55mm lens

              Battery life Has a slightly longer battery life
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Autofocus Lacks autofocus
              Nikon D5000

              Nikon D5000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $771 with 18-55mm lens

              Dynamic range Has significantly wider dynamic range
              Lowest price Is slightly more expensive
              Screen size Has a slightly smaller screen
              Nikon D3000

              Nikon D3000

              Entry-level DSLR

              $639 with 18-55mm lens

              Live view Doesn't let you preview your photos on the screen
              Sensor type Has a CCD-family sensor

              Nikon D3100 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Canon EOS Rebel T5

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 body only

              $399 - $400 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 D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $354 body only

              $618 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Size Slightly larger
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Nikon D3300

              Nikon D3300

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,483 body only

              $420 - $497 with 18-55mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Lowest price Slightly more expensive
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $630 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 D90

              Nikon D90

              Entry-level DSLR

              $726 body only

              $949 with 55-300mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Built-in focus motor Has a built-in focus motor
              Autofocus Lacks video autofocus
              Movie format Lower resolution movies

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-HX300

              Super zoom

              $200 - $348

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Slightly shorter battery life
              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX400V

              Super zoom

              $398 - $405

              Zoom Significantly more zoom
              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Larger
              Battery life Shorter battery life
              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Sony Cybershot DSC-HX100v

              Super zoom

              $600

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              GPS Has a GPS
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Slightly larger
              Sony Alpha A5100

              Sony Alpha A5100

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $348 body only

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Screen resolution Much higher resolution screen
              Size Significantly smaller
              Image stabilization No image stabilization
              Continuous shooting Shoots slower
              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Fujifilm FinePix S8200

              Super zoom

              $154

              3D Takes 3D photos
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Size Larger

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              discussion

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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!!!