Face-Off: Alpha 57 vs D3100


Nikon D3100
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Nikon D3100
 
Sony Alpha 57 Nikon D3100
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Sony Alpha 57
Overview - Full review
Nikon D3100
Overview - Full review
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Overall Scene
Sony Alpha 57
Nikon D3100
Score
4/5
4/5
Handling
4/5 4/5
Speed
5/5 4/5
Image Quality
5/5
Video
5/5 4/5
User Score
3/5 (3)
4/5 (7)
Specifications
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 16 Mpx, APS-C (x1,5) , 4.3 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 18-55 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Mechanical
Viewfinder Electronic
Screen 75 mm, not TN, 921600 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 16000 ISO ext. 60 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 50 fps , Stereo
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC MS
Connections USB Remote control HDMI Microphone Flash hot-shoe Power
Power source NP-FM500H
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 98 x 133 x 87 mm / 602 g
Specifications
Sensor CMOS 14 Mpx, APS-C (x1,5) , 3.8 Mpx/cm
Lens NAx 18-55 mm f/3.5 -5.6
Stabilisation Depends on lens
Viewfinder Reflex
Screen 7.6 nm, not TN, 230000 dots, 4:3, Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range) 100 - 3200 ISO ext. 63 mm
Video mode 1920 x 1080 pixels, 24 fps , Mono
Internal memory NA
External memory SDHC SDXC
Connections USB AV Remote control HDMI Flash hot-shoe
Power source
Waterproof no
Shock resistant no
Dimensions/Weight 124 x 96 x 77 mm / 505 g
Conclusion
The Sony Alpha 57 is a pleasant-to-use camera that's easy to get the hang of while still being advanced enough to take more experienced users further. Picture quality is excellent, so long as the lens you're using is up to scratch, but the sequential display EVF isn't as nice as a good LCD viewfinder, as seen in Olympus cameras, for example.
The D3100 is a very good entry-level SLR. The low-definition screen costs it a star, but picture quality is excellent and the camera is fast and responsive to use.
Pros

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Good general responsiveness and burst mode (7.5 fps standard or 12 fps max.)

+

Sensitivity settings managed very well up to 3200 ISO

+

1080p HD video at up to 50 fps, stereo sound and effective autofocus

+

Built-in stabilisation

+

Impeccable image quality up to 1600 ISO and very good up to 3200 ISO

+

1080p Full HD video

+

Well-made and pleasant to handle

+

General responsiveness

Cons

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Sequential display EVF can lead to rainbow effects

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Certain plastics could feel more robust

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Battery runs down more quickly than in 'genuine' SLR cameras

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18-55 mm kit lens is of variable quality

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Screen displays just 230,000 dots

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ISO Auto: confusing handling

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Autofocus only with AF-S lenses

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Very warm white balance under halogen lighting