Face-Off: Alpha 57 vs D3100


Nikon D3100
PRICE HISTORY  
E-MAIL ME  
E-mail me when the price drops below:
£
REPORT PRICING ISSUE:  
STORES Price £
Slrhut 209.95  
John Lewis 289.00  
Currys 289.00  
Slrhut 289.99  
Slrhut 359.95  
Amazon 395.00  
Nikon D3100
 
Sony Alpha 57 Nikon D3100
Photo
Sony Alpha 57
Overview - Full review
Nikon D3100
Overview - Full review
Price
PRICE HISTORY  
E-MAIL ME  
E-mail me when the price drops below:
£
REPORT PRICING ISSUE:  
STORES Price £
Slrhut 209.95  
John Lewis 289.00  
Currys 289.00  
Slrhut 289.99  
Slrhut 359.95  
Amazon 395.00  
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
SensorCMOS 16 Mpx, APS-C (x1,5), 4.3 Mpx/cm
Lens N.A. 18 -55 mm f/3.5 -5.6
StabilisationMechanical
ViewfinderElectronic
Screen75 mm, not TN, 921600 dots, 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)100 - 16000 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,50 fps, Stereo
Internal memoryN.A.
External memory
Connections
Power sourceN.A. N.A. / NP-FM500H
Waterproofno, N.A.
Shock resistantno, N.A.
Dimensions/Weight98 x 133 x 87 mm / 602 g
Specifications
Sensor0 14 Mpx, APS-C (x1,5), 0 Mpx/cm
Lens N.A. 0 -0 mm f/0 -0
StabilisationDepends on lens
ViewfinderReflex
Screen0 nm, not TN, 0 dots, 4:3,Not touch-sensitive
Sensitivity (ISO range)0 - 0 ISO
Video mode1920 x 1080 pixels,0 fps, Mono
Internal memory0
External memory
Connections
Power source0 N.A. /
Waterproof0, 0 m
Shock resistantno, 0 m
Dimensions/Weight0 x 0 x 0 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

+

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

-

Sequential display EVF can lead to rainbow effects

-

Certain plastics could feel more robust

-

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

-

18-55 mm kit lens is of variable quality

-

Screen displays just 230,000 dots

-

ISO Auto: confusing handling

-

Autofocus only with AF-S lenses

-

Very warm white balance under halogen lighting