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

49

Sony Alpha NEX-3

40

Runner-up

Reasons to buy the Sony SLT A33

Image stabilization
Image stabilization
  1. Sensor shift
Great color depth
Color depth
22.8 bits
Barely any delay taking photos
Shutter lag
215 ms shutter lag
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"
Screen flips out
Flip-out screen
Great for movies
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

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Size Significantly smaller
Low light performance Lower noise at high ISO
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Canon Rebel T3

Canon Rebel T3

Entry-level DSLR

$626 body only

$380 with 18-55mm lens

Battery life Significantly longer battery life
Lens availability Significantly more lenses available
Overall image quality Much worse image quality
Sony SLT A37

Sony SLT A37

Entry-level DSLR

$522 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
Supports 24p Supports 24p
Screen size Much smaller screen

Sony Alpha NEX-3 Competitors

Sony NEX 5T

Sony NEX 5T

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

Overall image quality Much better image quality
Color depth Better color depth
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Sony Alpha NEX-5

Sony Alpha NEX-5

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$450 with 18-55mm lens

Overall image quality Better image quality
Movie format Higher resolution movies
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack
Sony NEX C3

Sony NEX C3

Mirrorless interchangeable-lens

$310 body only

$250 with 18-55mm lens

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Overall image quality Significantly better image quality
External mic jack Lacks an external mic jack

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.