Updated (June, 2011): Compare the Sony NEX C3 vs Sony SLT A35

Sony SLT-A33

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Sony SLT-A33

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Sony Alpha NEX-3

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Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
921k dots
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
Sensor shift
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
800 ms startup delay
Dynamic range
Wide dynamic range
12.6 EV
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Screen resolution
High resolution screen
920k dots
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
HDR
In-camera HDR
Combines multiple exposures
 
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differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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Size Significantly smaller 117x62x33 mm vs 124x92x85 mm
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4.1x smaller
Thickness Significantly thinner 1.3" vs 3.3"
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2.6x thinner
Weight Lighter 297 g vs 500 g
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More than 40% lighter
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO 830 ISO vs 591 ISO
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The NEX-3 has a slight edge (0.5 f-stops) in low noise, high ISO performance
Focus points Slightly more focus points 25 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
Battery life Slightly longer battery life 330 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
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Advantages of the Sony SLT-A33

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Shutter lag Much less shutter lag 215 ms vs 670 ms
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3.1x less delay when taking photos
Movie format Higher resolution movies 1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Autofocus Faster autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Image stabilization Image stabilization Sensor shift vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus Faster video autofocus Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available 123 lenses vs 21 lenses
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Around 6x more lenses available
Built-in flash Built-in flash Yes vs No
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A built-in flash is useful for taking indoor shots where there is little light
Overall image quality Slightly better image quality 70.0 vs 68.0
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Almost the same
Dynamic range More dynamic range 12.6 EV vs 12 EV
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0.6 f-stops more dynamic range
Viewfinder Has a viewfinder Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Cross type focus points More cross-type focus points 3 vs 0
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Grab focus in difficult situations
Color depth Better color depth 22.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Light sensitivity (boost) Has boost ISO 25,600 ISO vs None
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Allows taking photos in darker situations, often at the cost of additional noise in the image
Startup delay Slightly less startup delay 800 ms vs 1000 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              NEX-3:920k dots
              SLT-A33:921k dots
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              Sensor size Large sensors Help
              NEX-3:APS-C 23.4x15.6mm
              SLT-A33:APS-C 23.5x15.6mm
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Light sensitivity Very good maximum light sensitivity Help
              12,800 ISO
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor type Better sensor types Help
              Better in low light
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              NEX-3:0
              SLT-A33:3
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $392 - $430 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $499 - $749 body only

              $550 - $600 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is significantly heavier
              Canon Rebel T3

              Canon Rebel T3

              Entry-level DSLR

              $276 - $298 body only

              $399 - $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Startup delay Has slightly less startup delay
              Lens availability Slightly more lenses available
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Thickness Is thicker
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $497 - $580 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes much higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

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              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $598 body only

              $565 with 18-55mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Dynamic range More dynamic range
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Thickness Slightly thicker
              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Sony Alpha NEX-3N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $320 body only

              $325 - $450 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Sony Alpha NEX-6

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $493 - $748 body only

              $664 - $898 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Nikon 1 J1

              Nikon 1 J1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $198 with 10-30mm lens

              Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
              High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Overall image quality Worse image quality
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $498 with 16-50mm lens

              Movie format Higher resolution movies
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

              Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

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              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $464 - $479 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $448 - $498 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony SLT A35

              Sony SLT A35

              Entry-level DSLR

              $589 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower
              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,073 body only

              $1,075 - $1,165 with 18-55mm lens

              GPS Has a GPS
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Nikon D5100

              Nikon D5100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $449 - $520 body only

              $545 - $696 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Lens focus motor Doesn't have a built-in focus motor
              Image stabilization No image stabilization

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              Avatar for Snapsort Snapsort (2:30 PM, September 15, 2010)
              Thanks for pointing those out! We've fixed #1 and #2 for both the SLT-A33 and SLT-A55.

              You also mentioned that the NEX3 lenses have optical stabilization. Snapsort only compares built in image stabilization, since some lenses are stabilized and others aren't. From what I can tell, only 2 of the 3 NEX lenses have image stabilization (steady shot as Sony calls it), and there are image stabilized lenses available for the SLT-A33 and other Sony DSLRs too.
               
              El Guesto (10:40 AM, September 15, 2010)
              Uhm... Quite a few mistakes:

              1. The NEX3 has a flip-out LCD. It articulates.
              2. The NEX3 can AF in video mode.
              3. The NEX3 lenses have optical stabilization.