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

Sony SLT-A33 vs Sony Alpha NEX-3

Winner
Sony SLT-A33

50

Sony Alpha NEX-3

43

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT-A33

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Almost no delay when powering up
Startup delay
800 ms startup delay
Phase detection video autofocus
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fast and accurate
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
215 ms shutter lag
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Size
Really small
Compact (117×62×33 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
3D
Takes 3D photos
View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
External mic jack
External mic jack
Record higher quality audio with a microphone

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differences

Advantages of the Sony NEX-3

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Size
Significantly smaller
117×62×33 mm vs 124×92×85 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
Slightly 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
Battery life
Slightly longer battery life
330 shots vs 270 shots
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More than 20% more shots per battery charge
Focus points
Slightly more focus points
25 vs 15
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Set focus accurately within the frame
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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
Autofocus
Faster video autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Shoot videos without worrying about focus
Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Autofocus
Faster autofocus
Phase detection vs Contrast detection
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Catch candid moments easily
Movie format
Higher resolution movies
1080p @ 30fps vs 720p @ 30fps
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Shoots higher resolution Full HD (1080p) video
Lens availability
More lenses available
126 lenses vs 62 lenses
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More than 2x 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
Dynamic range
More dynamic range
12.6 EV vs 12 EV
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0.3 f-stops more dynamic range
Overall image quality
Slightly better image quality
70.0 vs 68.0
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Almost the same
Color depth
Better color depth
22.8 bits vs 22.1 bits
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Distinguishes 0.7 more bits of color
Viewfinder
Has a viewfinder
Digital vs None
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A viewfinder can help save battery life by keeping the screen turned off
Startup delay
Slightly less startup delay
800 ms vs 1000 ms
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20% less delay when turning on
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
Cross type focus points
Slightly more cross-type focus points
3 vs 0
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Almost the same
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              similarities

              Compared to recent digital cameras

              Common Strengths
              3D Both can take 3D photos, many cameras like these don't Help
              View photos in 3D on 3D televisions
              External mic jack You can plug a microphone into both of these Help
              Record higher quality audio with a microphone
              Screen flips out Flip-out screens Help
              Great for movies
              Screen resolution High resolution screens Help
              NEX-3920k dots
              SLT-A33921k dots
              Movie continuous focus Focus continuously recording movies Help
              Makes it easy to get in-focus movies
              HDR In-camera HDR Help
              Combines multiple exposures
              Panorama In-camera panoramas Help
              Stitches together multiple photos into a panorama
              Interchangeable lenses Both support interchangeable lenses, which is uncommon in cameras similar to these Help
              Many lenses to choose from
              Supports RAW Supports RAW Help
              Better editing
              External flash Each supports an external flash Help
              Better lighting
              Sensor cleaning Self cleaning sensors Help
              Avoids dust in your photos
              Fastest shutter speed Fast max shutter speeds Help
              1/4000 of a second
              Common Weaknesses
              Cross type focus points Few cross-type focus points Help
              NEX-30
              SLT-A333
              Supports 24p No support for 24p Help
              Missing that film look
              Weather sealed Neither is weather sealed Help
              Need to shelter it from weather
              Touch screen No touchscreens Help
              More buttons

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              competitors

              Shared Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony NEX-F3

              Sony NEX-F3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $450 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              External mic jack Lacks and external mic jack
              Shutter lag Has slightly more shutter lag
              Sony Alpha A5000

              Sony Alpha A5000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $284 body only

              $350 - $448 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              External flash Doesn't support an external flash
              Sensor cleaning Lacks a self cleaning sensor
              Nikon D3200

              Nikon D3200

              Entry-level DSLR

              $289 body only

              $447 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              True resolution Takes significantly higher resolution photos
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Sony Alpha A6000

              Sony Alpha A6000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $548 body only

              $698 with 16-50mm lens

              Overall image quality Has slightly better image quality
              Image stabilization Has better image stabilization
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Canon Rebel T3i

              Canon Rebel T3i

              Entry-level DSLR

              $479 body only

              $550 with 18-55mm lens

              True resolution Takes slightly higher resolution photos
              Supports 24p Records movies in 24p
              Thickness Is thicker
              Weight Is slightly heavier
              Nikon D3100

              Nikon D3100

              Entry-level DSLR

              $274 body only

              $484 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

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

              Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Sony Alpha NEX-5

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $360 body only

              $350 with 16-50mm 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

              $181 body only

              $420 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Sony NEX C3

              Sony NEX C3

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $212 body only

              $571 with 18-55mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Sony NEX-5N

              Sony NEX-5N

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $605 body only

              $803 with 16-50mm lens

              Shutter lag Much less shutter lag
              Touch screen Has a touch screen
              External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
              Startup delay Significantly more startup delay
              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Olympus PEN E-PL1

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              $260 with 14-42mm lens

              Image stabilization Image stabilization
              Lens availability More lenses available
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen

              Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

              Advantages

              Disadvantages

              Sony SLT-A55

              Sony SLT-A55

              Entry-level DSLR

              GPS Has a GPS
              Overall image quality Slightly better image quality
              Startup delay Slightly more startup delay
              Dynamic range Less dynamic range
              Sony SLT-A37

              Sony SLT-A37

              Entry-level DSLR

              $1,036 with 18-135mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Shutter lag Significantly less shutter lag
              Screen resolution Much lower resolution screen
              Screen size Significantly smaller screen
              Sony SLT A58

              Sony SLT A58

              Entry-level DSLR

              $330 body only

              $448 with 18-55mm lens

              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Battery life Significantly longer battery life
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Screen resolution Significantly lower resolution screen
              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Sony Alpha ILC-3000

              Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

              Size Significantly smaller
              Supports 24p Supports 24p
              Autofocus Slower video autofocus
              3D Doesn't take 3D photos
              Sony SLT A35

              Sony SLT A35

              Entry-level DSLR

              $549 body only

              $649 with 18-55mm lens

              Overall image quality Better image quality
              Battery life Longer battery life
              Screen flips out Screen does not flip out
              Continuous shooting Shoots slightly slower

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