Updated (August 2010): Compare the Sony Alpha NEX-3 vs Sony SLT-A33

Sony SLT A33 vs Sony Alpha NEX-3

Winner
Sony SLT-A33

50

Sony Alpha NEX-3

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A33

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
215 ms shutter lag
Slightly more lenses available
Lens availability
126 lenses
Phase detection autofocus
Badge
fast and accurate
 

Reasons to buy the Sony Alpha NEX-3

Size
Really small
Compact (117×62×33 mm)
Thickness
Thin
1.3"
Startup delay
Almost no delay when powering up
1000 ms startup delay
Movie continuous focus
Movie continuous focus
Makes it easy to get in-focus movies

galleries

Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony Alpha NEX-3.
Explore our gallery of 50 sample photos taken by the Sony SLT-A33.

competitors

Sony SLT-A33 Competitors

Nikon D750

Nikon D750

Pro DSLR

$1,492 - $1,497 body only

$1,997 - $2,085 with 24-120mm lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Low light performance Much lower noise at high ISO
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon D5100

Nikon D5100

Entry-level DSLR

$574 with 18-55mm, 55-200mm lenses

Overall image quality Better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37

Entry-level DSLR

$522 with 18-55mm lens

Supports 24p Supports 24p
Overall image quality Better image quality
Screen size Much smaller screen

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$390 body only

$500 with 16-50mm lens

Movie format Higher resolution movies
Dynamic range More dynamic range
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Nikon 1 J5

Nikon 1 J5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$361 - $497 with 10-30mm lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Continuous shooting Shoots much faster
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Sony Alpha a6300

Sony Alpha a6300

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$871 - $948 body only

$978 - $1,048 with 16-50mm lens

High-speed framerate Records high-speed movies
Focus points Many more focus points
Size Larger

discussion

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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.